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Gesundheit!
updated: Nov 07, 2012, 7:46 PM

By Denise Dewire

A few hummingbirds I spotted at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and Seaside Gardens nursery in Carpinteria. I'm pretty sure in the 5th picture the little guy sneezed!! Enjoy!

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 COMMENT 340396 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:58 PM

Fantastic photos!

 

 JEWEL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 08:26 PM

Great pictures.

 

 SOIREE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 09:57 PM

the sneeze! i concur! :)

 

 COMMENT 340432P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 11:12 PM

What a cooperative subject! Think he knew he was destined for photo sharing?

 

 COMMENT 340437 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 06:20 AM

Very cute captures. Getting in so close (400mm lens?) and freezing the action (1/2000th?) is quite a feat. Well done.

 

 COMMENT 340439 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 06:26 AM

Thanks!

437....70-200 f/4 lens (Canon) and the stationary hummers were just 1/200. Both of those two let me stay pretty close but then the pics are cropped. Would love a longer lens but they are pretty heavy to lug around!

The images taken at the nursery were 1/1250 and I was shooting into the light so as a result pretty dark. I was hiding behind a bush and was fairly close but he was moving very fast!!

DeniseDewirePhotography

 

 COMMENT 340461 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:33 AM

Maybe he's allergic to pollen!

 

 SUMMERTIME agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 08:03 AM

each picture is so beautiful....

 

 COMMENT 340479 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 08:15 AM

Wonderful photos! The sneeze shot is priceless.

 

 COMMENT 340486 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 08:34 AM

Nice shots, it is so gratifying when one gets a good picture of these delightful birds.

 

 KATYDID agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 09:16 AM

These pics are stunning. Just beautiful! Thanks!

 

 COMMENT 340565 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 10:26 AM

Wonderful photos - thank you for posting. Thank you also, for sharing lens and shutter info, for those of us who are beginners.

 

 COMMENT 340593 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 11:50 AM

Greenfiat - glad to help! I've learned a great deal from others who have also shared their photography knowledge with me!

 

 COMMENT 340603 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 12:19 PM

Great photos of an elusive subject. I have tried in the past 2 weeks to get a sharp shot of hummies on the wing with my Canon T2i using the stock 18-55mm and a macro 60mm 2.8 lens, cropped, at from 1/3000 to 1/4000, and after 100+photos, could only get one that was really sharply in focus. Not good results for so much work. I am thinking of sending the camera and lens to canon to get recalibrated. Question: what canon body did you use for your work?

 

 COMMENT 340637 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 01:20 PM

It's a pretty bad allergy season when the hummingbirds are sneezing!

 

 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 06:15 PM

Gesundheit! And 461 for the win.

 

 COMMENT 340775 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-08 07:19 PM

The last 3 pictures are particularly AMAZING and the colors are gorgeous.

 

 COMMENT 340861 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-09 07:06 AM

Tex, I have a 5DMarkII, previously using the T3i which is a great camera and basically the same as the T2i.

I would suggest a longer lens as the 55mm just isn't a far enough reach, unless you're really close. Assuming you're on continuous shooting, handheld? I usually am in shutter priority mode for birds, aperture as wide open as the lens goes (smaller number) and depending on the light use a higher ISO in order to get a faster shutter speed. My particular lens is a straight f/4 (would love a 2.8 but expensive and heavier).

You might take it to Samy's and they could make sure it's working ok. But taking bird shots (especially hummers) takes practice and I'm still learning how to do it!

Good luck!!

 

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