Multi-Flash Hummingbirds

z06jimz06jim Big grinsPosts: 65Registered Users Big grins
edited July 17, 2010 in Wildlife
This is my first serious attempt at short duration, high speed, multiple flash with slower shutter speeds to freeze the wing action.
Last year, for the most part, I was experiamenting with 'High Speed Sync' and high shutter speeds, up to 1/8000 sec., with limited success at stopping the motion.

1DIV.....EF 600mm w/stacked ext. tubes....1/250 sec.... f/20......"6" Canon 580EXII Flashes

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  • HarrybHarryb old and lazy Viera, FloridaPosts: 22,701Registered Users, Retired Mod Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Those are some of the best hummer images I've seen. clap.gif
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  • Ric GrupeRic Grupe Hampshire Prairie Posts: 9,522Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    I don't really understand what you did here...not using a flash myself...but it certainly worked!!!

    Out*uckingstanding! bowdown.gif
  • Don KondraDon Kondra Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Posts: 630Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    I'm usually not a fan of hummer/flash shots but these are Good :)

    Great detail, wing motion and almost natural colors....

    Cheers, Don
  • IcebearIcebear Major grins Posts: 4,015Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Wow.
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  • RichardRichard Mildly bemused Madrid, SpainPosts: 18,425Administrators, Vanilla Admin moderator
    edited July 10, 2010
    :jawdrop

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  • LindiweLindiwe Major grins Posts: 606Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Wow. I like the last two shots best.
  • pathfinderpathfinder Drive By Digital Shooter western IndianaPosts: 14,223Super Moderators moderator
    edited July 10, 2010
    I guess there are no focus issues with your 1DMK4, are there?

    Folks, unless you have tried to shoot hummers, with really long glass, you have no idea how hard this can be. Those little guys will drive you nuts trying to follow them with a 600mm lens. I know, I've tried.

    Very nice captures!!
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  • time2smiletime2smile Major grins Posts: 835Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Real Nice
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  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Harryb wrote: »
    Those are some of the best hummer images I've seen. clap.gif

    Thank you very much Harry.......
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Ric Grupe wrote: »
    I don't really understand what you did here...not using a flash myself...but it certainly worked!!!
    Out*uckingstanding! bowdown.gif

    Thanks Ric, here's a link that might help if you're interested:
    http://www.rpphoto.com/howto/hummer/humguide1.asp
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Don Kondra wrote: »
    I'm usually not a fan of hummer/flash shots but these are Good :)
    Great detail, wing motion and almost natural colors....
    Cheers, Don

    Thanks Don...I'm still not happy with the colors either.....still working on that and a few other issues........
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Icebear wrote: »
    Wow.

    Thanks..............
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Richard wrote: »
    :jawdrop

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    Thank you........
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Lindiwe wrote: »
    Wow. I like the last two shots best.


    Thanks for the comments and picks........
  • Mark EdellMark Edell Major grins Posts: 672Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Outstanding! The tail feather detail in #2 is phenomenal.
  • ImageX PhotographyImageX Photography Major grins Posts: 528Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 10, 2010
    Holy crap... nice shots!!!!:jawdrop

    I'd have to say they are also the best hummingbird shots I have ever seen.
  • deb22deb22 Major grins Posts: 428Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 11, 2010
    Beeeeeeeutiful !!!! My favorite is #4 Wow spectacular, I am going to check out that link as I too don't understand the flash tech, but I have attempted to get a few hummers and it is a challenge just to get a shot never mind stunners like these. Fantastic.
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  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 11, 2010
    pathfinder wrote: »
    I guess there are no focus issues with your 1DMK4, are there?
    Folks, unless you have tried to shoot hummers, with really long glass, you have no idea how hard this can be. Those little guys will drive you nuts trying to follow them with a 600mm lens. I know, I've tried.
    Very nice captures!!

    Thanks for the nice comments...no, not having any focus issues at all with my 1D1V........
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 11, 2010
    time2smile wrote: »
    Real Nice
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    Thanks Ted......
  • 20DNoob20DNoob Major grins Posts: 318Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 11, 2010
    Ric Grupe wrote: »

    Out*uckingstanding! bowdown.gif

    What Ric said.
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  • dlplumerdlplumer Major grins Posts: 8,010Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 11, 2010
    20DNoob wrote: »
    What Ric said.
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  • erez avrahamerez avraham Beginner grinner Posts: 8Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 12, 2010
    wow!!!
    I have not seen such amazing

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  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 12, 2010
    Mark Edell wrote: »
    Outstanding! The tail feather detail in #2 is phenomenal.

    Thanks for the comments Mark.....
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 12, 2010
    Holy crap... nice shots!!!!:jawdrop

    I'd have to say they are also the best hummingbird shots I have ever
    seen.

    Thank you very much........
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 12, 2010
    deb22 wrote: »
    Beeeeeeeutiful !!!! My favorite is #4 Wow spectacular, I am going to check out that link as I too don't understand the flash tech, but I have attempted to get a few hummers and it is a challenge just to get a shot never mind stunners like these. Fantastic.

    Thanks Deb, keep after it.....I did a lot a reading up on it before getting decent results....lots of info on the web if you do a search for multi-flash hummers.....
  • FoquesFoques He who caN Posts: 1,944Registered Users Major grins
    edited July 12, 2010
    20DNoob wrote: »
    What Ric said.

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    not a birder here, but #2 is just stunning!
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  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 13, 2010
    20DNoob wrote: »
    What Ric said.

    Thanks.......
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 13, 2010
    wow!!!
    I have not seen such amazing
    http://www.erezavraham.smugmug.com/

    Thanks for the comments.......
  • z06jimz06jim Big grins Posts: 65Registered Users Big grins
    edited July 14, 2010
    Foques wrote: »
    quoted for turth.bowdown.gif
    not a birder here, but #2 is just stunning!

    Thanks for the comments and pick......
  • GMoneyGMoney Andy Marks Posts: 6Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited July 17, 2010
    Wow, those are amazingly clear shots. I'll have to follow the link you provided to see what you're up to here. I can usually just hear the hummers as they dart around the yard. You seem to have a way to get them to pose for you! Terrific images.
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