This hummingbird was at the feeder but when I stepped out on the deck it flew over to the choke cherry tree and waited for me to go back in.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I took this photo shortly after the sunrise photo from the last post. The ragged robins were in peak bloom. Like I mentioned before, I was actually headed to photograph lupines so I wasn't really dressed for trudging through a dew laden field. I had about a quarter mile walk from the road to get to the spot where I photographed the sunrise, needless to say I got soaked. I usually wear waders when I go out at dawn. By the way I did make it to the lupine patch this past Saturday morning so I'll be posting photos from that day soon.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I took this photo last Sunday morning. I was originally headed to photograph a field of lupines and I wanted to be there at sunrise which on that particular morning was at 5 AM. It's a half hour drive to the lupine field so I left the house at 4:30 but I never made it. When I started to see the colors forming in the sky I decided to head to Sabattus River. This was the distraction I mentioned in my last post.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I have at least four hummingbirds visiting the feeder. I've seen two males visiting and feeding at the same time but the two females I saw at the same time were battling. Maybe I have more visiting but they're so quick it's hard to tell any differences.
I've had some questions on how I took these photos so I'll share that info. I use my Canon 100-400mm IS zoom lens. With the multiplyer factor of my 40D, the lens zoomed all the way is the equivalent of 640mm. I also have my 550 EX flash on the camera. The first photo of the female in flight I had the camera set at the normal synch speed of 1/200th of a second, that's why the wings were blurry. The flash was set at -1 2/3 stops underexposure so the flash light wouldn't overpower the natural light. There was no flash used on the male sitting at the feeder. On today's photo I had the flash set on the high speed synch mode so I was able to set the shutter speed at a lot faster 1/1000th of a second, which helped freeze the wings a little more. The pic is a tad over exposed but it was my first attempt at high speed so I'll be out there practicing more as the summer progresses.
I have the feeder set on my deck rail which is about 30" high, I'm standing about ten feet away with the camera looking down. The soft green background is my out of focus lawn, I shoot wide open at f5.6 so that helps with keeping the background soft.