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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some Hummers!

Since I have learned a LITTLE during my one day photography class, I have been playing with shutter speed.

What better to practice on, but hummingbirds????

My goal was to capture them in "freeze frame" in some photos and in "blurred" flight in some others. I need to still practice on lighting effects, etc. but one thing at a time.

So, here are a bunch of photos I took of my little hummers at my feeders.

I would have loved to catch one in my apple blossoms, but I have not been able to be close enough to them when it occurs.

So, here is the result of my experimentation!:


grannyann said...

Those are some really great pictures. That one where it looks like the bird is suspended in mid air is great. You can't even see his wings at all. You did good on your experiments. They are a neat bird.

Unknown said...

Those are so cool! Love these. They are the prettiest green too.

Anjanette Young said...

That is beautiful... What kind of camera are you using. I need to get a real camera. My cell can do only so much...

That is so awesome.. Love birds.

Teresa said...

Wow, those are amazing photo's, and it looks like you are having fun with your photography class!

Wanda..... said...

I love your Hummingbird photos...I just bought a new feeder and it leaks something terrible...using the older one now!

The Retired One said...

Grannyann: Thanks! They were so fun to take photos of!

DVM's Wife:I love them..I could photo them all day long.

MommaYoung: It is a Panasonic Lumix digital with 18X optical zoom and 10 megapixels. Love this camera!

Teresa: Yes, but it was only a one day class and it is over. I have contacted the instructor to see if I can have a private class, one on one with her and she is going to set up a time. I will learn so much more that way!

Wanda: They sure go thru the liquid..I have to make new stuff every week, they go thru it in 6-7 days! But it is worth it to get the amount of entertainment I get out of watching them and photographing them.

Mother Goose said...

Absolutely stunning!!!

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

i love watching my hummers too. and your photos? you could just reach out and touch them. wow!


Joanie said...

Amazing pictures, Joan! Looks like you're getting the hang of that shutter speed.

Anonymous said...

I think it was the first photo...if you look closely you can see the tongue going into the feeder.

You done good, girl!!! VERY nice shots!!

Ziggy Stardust said...

Incredible pictures, what a treat to view.


Judy said...

These are great pictures. I so enjoyed seeing these little birds. They just fascinate me anyway. Thanks for sharing. You are going to be a pro soon!

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful photos of the hummers, your technique is excellent.

I seem to be stuck in the flower mode lately but sometime this week I am going to post some of my bee photos. I love your page layout, this is what I have been working on for my photo blog. I will probably go live with it later this week. The larger photos show so much more detail.

Thanks for following, I just did the same.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Insanitykim said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE these!!! COVETING CAMERA! That's it...somehow I am getting one for my 35th bday...somehow I must work, beg, plead...

I have internet at the coffee shop!! So glad I was able to see these! :)

The Retired One said...

Mother Goose: Thanks so much, what a nice compliment!

Mouthy: I am always amazed when I look at the photos too, because when I am taking them I don't see the detail in the birds either. They are amazing little creatures.

Joanie: I think it was luck this time round..I took several pictures to get those good ones, but I am learning!

Cathy: Thanks so much...that is a wonderful compliment coming from the Bird Whisperer with a camera of a zillion zoom capability. LOL

Chicamom: Thanks...I had such fun trying to "freeze frame" them...they zoom in so quickly like a bumble bee and fly off as quick as they gotta be quick on the button, let me tell you!

Judy: Thanks so much. I am working hard to learn about photography. I really like my new hobby.

Squirrel Queen: Thanks so much..glad I found your blog too. Your flower photos were so pretty...I will look forward to your larger layout too.

Insanity Kim: Yes, you must get this camera for your 35th..just paste pictures of the camera all over your house, car etc. for your hubby to get the hint. ha I got a good buy on and it came in less than 3 days...go for it!!!

Fran Hill said...

I've never really been a bird-watcher, but I must admit, your pictures make me look more closely at the birds in my garden to see what kind they are. Problem is, as they're not used to being stared at, but ignored, they're getting a bit spooked. Hopefully, they'll relax.

Stella Jones said...

CONGRATULATIONS on these wonderful photos. They are great. We have our feeder up but so far we haven't seen any hummingbirds. I am encouraged to see them when they do come because I have never seen one in the feather before. We don't have humming birds in England you see.
Blessings, Star

Shelley said...

YOu did such a fantastic job w/ these photos! I loved seeing the hummer in all these flight poses!! You should be proud of yourself!!

The Retired One said...

Fran: The birds here are used to it, because I am forever clicking photos around them !

Star: You don't have hummingbirds in England? I guess I didn't know that!
You MUST see them in person...they are amazing. When you are outside they sound like huge bumblebees flying past you...and their wings flutter so fast to the naked eye that you can barely see their wings.

Shellmo: Thanks so much...that is quite a compliment coming from take such gorgeous photos!

Rick (Ratty) said...

You got great shots! I've only ever seen one hummingbird. That was just last week before I started playing with my camera settings. I only got a shadow in my picture.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I like the butt shots. lol!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

You must've learned a lot in one day. They're great, you even got were able to capture the wing. I'm going to have to figure that out somehow. Great pictures!

Bernie said...

Beautiful, breathtaking, awesome photo's. No doubt about it you are a natural.....:-) Hugs

dreamwalker said...

These are AWESOME! By the way, when I saw the title of the post in my Blog Roll, I thought I was in for some handsome photos of Hummers...the photos are prettier.

Cedar ... said...

You got some great shots! I haven't tried to catch the hummers at my feeder yet. You did very well!

Rural Rambler said...

Awesome pictures of the tiny greens! I mean you can even see their tiny feet sharp-on. Just a wonderful series of photos!

bemused26 said...

Hi dee, They are really cool photos. I can't believe how lucky you are having Hummingbirds right in your garden. Really nice action shots!

Lynn Kellan said...

Terrific photos, Joan!! I love seeing the nature springing up around your home.

Kearsie said...

Wow. Seriously, what a privilege to get those great shots. I hope you can make millions with your photos.

The Retired One said...

Ratty: They are SO fast when they fly around...they zip by you like a fast bumblebee and then they are gone...I had to be pretty fast on the trigger of the camera, even when they buzzed up to the feeder!

JJ: I bet you did...I know about are into butts...I remember "Mr. Tight Buns" came from YOU!!!

Gardener: Thanks! That was my get at least ONE where I could get a shot with the wings "frozen" in flight!

Bernie: Thanks so much. I don't know about ME being a natural...but the hummingbirds are sure natural beauties!

Dreamwalker: Nope..none of those hummers...I agree: these "hummers" are a LOT prettier!

Cedar: I would love to catch a picture of them in my garden someday least in the feeder I knew if I was patient enough and waited long enough, they would come there where I could get their picture!

Rural Rambler: Thanks! Yes, I loved seeing their tiny feet tucked way up under them when I looked at the photos is so nice to do macro shots, because you see things your naked eye doesn't catch!

Bemused: They were actually coming to my hummingbird feeder...I would love to catch them actually in my garden flowers someday too!

Lynn: Thanks...I am thrilled to be warming up here too and able to go out and catch the flowers and birds outside!

Kearsie: I have never entered a contest yet...but I am thinking of doing so this winter (entering some contests or selling some for stock pictures). I would be thrilled to sell some. Wanna be my agent?

Roshni said...

oh my god! These are amazing pics! Specially the first one!!

The Retired One said...

Roshni: Thanks so much. It was such fun trying to capture them in "freeze frame" because they move SOOOOOO fast!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Great job! They look really good, they whizz by me so fast, I can understand the patience it must take to get these photos! :)

The Retired One said...

Far Side: Thanks so much. yes, they whizz by like a fast bee...they are amazing!

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