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Hummingbird Extravaganza! #31730
10/03/10 02:36 PM
10/03/10 02:36 PM
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Victoria, BC Canada
Glenn Bartley Offline OP
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I absolutely love hummingbirds. So I thought I would post a few of my favourites from around the world. I'd love to hear what you think. And if you want to see more be sure to visit my website. I have photographed over 100 species of these amazing birds.

All the best!

Glenn

Ruby Topaz - Tobago



White-crested Coquette - Costa Rica



Calliope Hummingbird - Canada



Great Saphirewing - Ecuador



Rufous Hummingbird - Canada



Saphire-vented Puffleg - Ecuador


Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Glenn Bartley] #31731
10/03/10 09:28 PM
10/03/10 09:28 PM
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I have a question for you!

How did you achive to freez the wings very well, but no ghost shadows around them, but still the backgrounds are well or even little over exposed?

Technically its seems to be impossible unless......
and that is my question! How did you do that?

I want to photographing hummingbirds too!


I shoot on Fuji Velvia and Astia, with Nikon F6 and Pentax Z1p with Sigma zoom lenses.
Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Attila Kegyes] #31732
10/03/10 10:59 PM
10/03/10 10:59 PM
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I'm guessing it was a set up with multiple flashes and that the background was illuminated separately from the subject.

Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Jim Poor] #31733
10/04/10 12:40 AM
10/04/10 12:40 AM
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Arizona
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What an incredible series. I also am curious about the set up...

These are really nice.


See my stuff here davedilli.zenfolio.com
Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: daveman] #31734
10/04/10 04:28 AM
10/04/10 04:28 AM
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James Morrissey Offline
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Hi Glenn,

This is a beautiful series. I want to also ask a bit more about your technique if that is OK.

James

Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: James Morrissey] #31735
10/04/10 01:45 PM
10/04/10 01:45 PM
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Nicely isolated. Good colors....very nice series.

Roman

Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Attila Kegyes] #31736
10/04/10 03:40 PM
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Glenn Bartley Offline OP
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re. Technique - I am using a multi flash setup technique. I use between 4-6 flashes at a very low power to light the entire scene evenly.

Glad you are enjoying the results

Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Glenn Bartley] #31737
10/05/10 01:35 AM
10/05/10 01:35 AM
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west Michigan, USA
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You have some excellent shots of hummingbirds, do you use a flash?


Nolad Mechadesh
Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: jadlh] #31738
10/05/10 04:05 AM
10/05/10 04:05 AM
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Marty Everhard Offline
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Wow! Seen better than , the eye alone could..more on the setup, exif??

Re: Hummingbird Extravaganza! [Re: Glenn Bartley] #31739
10/05/10 09:20 AM
10/05/10 09:20 AM
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With three or four flashes I didn't get a same resoult.

Three flash on a bird and still dark and the background even darker with only one flash. If I photographing under better natural light conditions (or I would use higher ISO film), a ghost shadow appear around the wings. So if I want to freez the wings it needs least 1/17000 illumination time, and if I don't want the sahdows around the wings, I need a same flash duration on a background too, but also I have to photographing in a low natural light conditions so the fashes must be the main ligth source! Otherwise the shadows appear around a wings! I don't have as much manual controllable flashes as you have, so I tried once one of my non controllable flash on a background and already the shadow is appeared around the wings, because there was to much the different of the flash duration between on a bird and on a background.

Some of your photo seems to me was taken under natural lights and only the bird was illuminated by flash.
I can see only one shine spot in their eyes! When I did use two flashes there is two spot, if I did use three flash, three spot are wisible in the bird eyes!

I have two Nikon SB-800. At 1/32 power the duration is 1/17800. With Softbox I have to place the flashes so close, to the flowers, and the birds are affraid to fead on them. Without softbox, I can place them farther, but I got a lot of gray spot on the ruby trhoated hummingbirds! I read about, they need to be light with soft lights to get the colors.

But I know some photographers use only one or two flash to freez the wings and they photographing under a very good natural light conditions, so they not need flashes on a background, then they are clone out in Photoshop the shadows around the wings.
That's why I did ask you how did you get thees shots?
Under natural lights I got the colors, I got the background, but the wings are blurry or if I use one flash to freez the wings still some blurry shadow appear around them.


I shoot on Fuji Velvia and Astia, with Nikon F6 and Pentax Z1p with Sigma zoom lenses.
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