Hummingbirds!

I decided I'd spend the afternoon trying to get more photos of the Anna's hummingbirds, so I filled up our feeders, got out my flashes, and went hunting!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

1: The hummingbirds were not making it easy for me.

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2: I got only a few shots of this little lady

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3: She was shy, but like all hummingbirds, quite territorial…so she kept chasing the others away from 'her' feeder.

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4: After an hour of playing hide-and-seek with her, I relocated to another feeder and set up shop, and this gentleman appeared after a bit.

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5: I wasn't happy with the lighting—one flash in the plane of the photo, camera-right, and one flash in front of and just to the left of my lens.

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6: Pausing to walk around a bit and think about the lighting; this is a tree bole.

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7: Stealth hummingbird! (The flashes didn't fire)

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8: Ok, that's not too bad. Flashes are relocated; camera-right flash is in the lane of the photo, and camera-left flash is bouncing into the sliding-glass door (I'm shooting through the open panel of the door).

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9: Coming in for a landing

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10: Aww, but once he's down, the flashes aren't quite hitting him right.

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11: Taking a sip

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12: Looking around

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13: Taking another sip

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14: Looking around again

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15: My flash keeps disturbing him, I think.

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16: He's outta here!

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17: While he was gone (hanging out in the trees and watching me work, most likely), I readjusted my flashes.

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18: Time for some glamour shots!

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19: Landing gear extended!

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20: I oriented the camera-right flash to bounce off the eaves, and re-aimed the camera-right flash to bounce off the sliding-glass door panel a bit better.

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21: The screen on the door acted as a bit of a diffuser

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22: Here's a trick I learnt—point the flash at the reflection of the target in the sliding-glass door!

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23: He's surprised again by my flashes.

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24: Really hard to drink here when my strobes keep going off

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25: You can see how he sculls his wings when he hovers

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26: …and this is the last thing hundreds of mosquitoes ever see

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27: Thinking about taking another drink

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28: Kinda swooping in

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29: And he sticks the landing! Ooooh, a disappointing 4.0 from the Russian judge.

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30: He's totally posing for me here.

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31: Hungry little bird

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32: Ready to zoom away at a moment's notice!

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33: Aaaaand he's surprised by my flashes again. Really, little dude?

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34: He's watching me.

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35: Whoa—taking off from the perch

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36: Nervous little guy. I guess it's understandable; after all, there are a bunch of cats here. And at this point, some of them are sitting at the door watching him.

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37: You can see the sculling motion of his wings again here.

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38: Picture-perfect pose!

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39: So, this is the downside of freezing his wings with the strobes—sometimes they don't freeze in the right place.

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40: Landing

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41: Taking a drink

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42: Totally posing for me again

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