Baja birder’s back yard birds.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

 

The day is very windy so I thought I would set up the camera on the back patio.  Our south patio is very well protected from the northerly breezes.  The set-up is as follows-( this is how I like to photograph hummingbirds ) I us a good quality tri-pod with a hard wired remote shutter control to avoid camera “shake”.  I won’t use strobes or any other flash-lighting.  I’m still in the camp that these lights may harm birds.  The camera is a Cannon t2i (5D) with a 100X400 lens.  This shot was taken using manual, shutter speed 1/1000.  I let the camera decide the rest of the settings.  This bird is basically motionless and the camera is about 6 feet from my subject.

The following picture was taken at a faster shutter speed of 1/4000.

Xantus's Hummingbird

Xantus’s Hummingbird

As you can see, this bird’s wings are almost stopped and even with the very bright sunlight, there is grain in the background.  Not enough grain to spoil the photo when left in a small size like this but if you wanted to use this image for something larger, the grain would likely spoil  it.  So lets try 1/3200.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Pretty nice but I’m still seeing a little too much grain when I blow this up.  Down to 1/1250.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

I think for speedy wings on a bright-sunny day, this photo looks good.  Now I’m excited to go out and try some other settings on our backyard hummers.

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Xantus's Hummingbird

Xantus’s Hummingbird

Costa's  Hummingbird

Costa’s Hummingbird

Now how much fun is this?  Please bring on any and all suggestions!  Till later—           Happy Birding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Baja birder’s back yard birds.

  1. LottaTidbits says:

    Well, all I can say is WOW OLY!!! You’ve really got some amazing shots there. It just goes to show how practice makes perfect! Job well done! I wonder at what time you become a master or….is it…past master?? Great job!

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