IroquoisArcher
Time to start fooling with cams and settings.
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woody meristem
Pretty darn nice. S40 I assume -- I don't have another camera build that's as good for close-ups as my S40s.
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IroquoisArcher
S600 Woody. For some reason I don't have things clicking right now with the S40's.  Just positioning problems I think but will get there. You can really see how the dark background really hampers the picture quality that the hummingbirds really deserve.
Side note is had read that the hummingbirds basically get their rejuvenation at the feeders with most of the food actually being catching bugs or whatnot. So figured to use the feeders with the rings they could perch on as drank so less energy used. You can see in almost all the pics. that they don't land.
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zaj56
Jon...do you have any hummer tips to pass on?(feeder location..etc)(or should I ask 30.06)   I just don't seem to get many pics here in sw Pa.Your s600 pics look great and I can't see where any adjustments are needed.
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IroquoisArcher
No on 30-06...they don't like her sweaty smell.
No idea really on locations. Place I used to set them the guy just had feeders in small trees right off his porch. Some of the best pics. I ever got of them as there was open background, so it was clear and light. So far I've seen "If you hang it they will come" (sorry Field of Dreams). John hung some feeders at his camp in the middle of nowhere and had them quick I believe. I'd just try hanging them where you can plan on setting a cam, mine are about 14"-18" from the feeder. I've made a hangmans type where nothing is and they came to it after just a little while. The neighbors across the street had them already coming in though. It also helps to have something planted to attract them. I planted bee-balm which looked like nothing, bowling ball size if that, and the next year it spranf to life, blooms about June-Sept. Word of caution is it spreads and takes over. I built a little enclosure about 30"X30" and laid plastic down first and then dirt. In 3 years it has almost filled the enclosure.
I like the S40 for as close as they are to the cam. Right now have the S600 trying again (tried alot of different ones but kept coming back to the S40) and right now have a W50 at one and the S600 at the second. Going to pull the W50 today for its first check. 2 years ago the one under the tree near the trailer got most of them. Once the bee-balm bloomed it completely reversed.
Couple pics. of set ups. Woody, John and forget who else right now are getting some good ones or have good info. Don't mind the trailers skirting, 60 mph winds for a few days ripped it off and broke it and have had too much lazying around to fix it, just shows nothing is around and that is the bee=balm right in front of it.
Set up on tree is right by rear deck, in fact set it from the deck. Put a grape jelly feeder on top this year for orioles.
Last set up is bird feeder. Flashing around tree was TRYING to keep the red squirrels off. Again "If you hang it they will come", seems impossible to keep them off...23 there last year. Camera on tripod I set to try and get better pics. of the flying squirrel, he seems to like that side. Cam on tree is FS5/SS2 and seems to really give good pics. I just changed to sanfron seed and instead of having to fill it everyday with the other feed now they aren't using this even though it says everything loves it. Have got 14(?) different species of birds on it.
Oh be prepared. Once they get used to you then when you change out the mixture (4 parts water with 1 part sugar and no dyes) you'll crap your pants sometimes thinking a bumble is right next to you. I've had the hummers just wait 12" from me waiting for me to finish. Tey'll also come to feed even if you're on your porch reading.
I don't think the feeder matters. Seems they really liked my $1.00 clearance Walmart feeders that had nothing to sit on.
Oh forgot to add that the off side holes they feed at I block by putting something in it so they have to use the side ones.

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zaj56
Thanks Jon....lots of good info there!
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Vonfoust
I'll bet you have quite the reputation in teh neighborhood Jon!
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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IroquoisArcher
Lol  I tell the neighbors that if it bugs them any to just let me know. They say they don't even notice the flash once inside and like to watch the hummingbirds when they are  outside, say the flash lets them know ones around.
Now when I set the internal slave cams out to try and get ready for down in the mountains that may be a different story.
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DJ1911
Your shots are amazing Jon! I'm just a rookie and would like to know some of your settings. I miss my S40 (I hope Charles can fix it) but, the S600 is my standard and each camera is special. My set is a little more crude than yours but, I've been doing it this way for a few years......

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It's been really windy lately and haven't bothered with the cams (plus been fishing!) but, here are some from a few days ago with a S600....

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The Pan FS7 I am still playing with but, it's not too bad......

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IroquoisArcher
Can't knock any of those. Wish I had a brighter background like you do. See the difference between mine and yours for clarity and vibrance? Yours are alot better.
They keep saying the FS7 is better then the FS5. The shots for birds I was happy with the FS5 but not on hummingbirds. Just set it out a few minutes ago for hummingbirds but this time took it down to 5mp from 10 (? think that's what I did).
S600 I just use the settings that are listed in the settings section. All of them I make sure to have the flash forced.
Oh I cheat too. Pics. are something like 40+"X30+" so I crop them close to 12"X9" and then they have that up close look....but don't tell anyone. [nono]
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DJ1911
IroquoisArcher wrote:

Oh I cheat too....I crop them....but don't tell anyone. [nono]


OK.....I won't....[wink]

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I like your idea of plugging the holes on the other side from the camera. I've never thought about that one. They are funny, friendly birds. I've had them hover 6 inches from my hands waiting for me to change the nectar. Even had one follow me into the house once!
I use forced flash on also on the bird feeders (winter too), low or normal depending on the brightness of the day. S40 and S600, P.Quality set to - fine. Saturation, Sharpness and Contrast set to - (+). The FS7 I use vivid mode.
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DJ1911
Finally!....a couple of calm enough days to put a cam back out and do some fishing.
(p.s. ---- I cheated Jon)

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Oh! And I did catch some fish....
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IroquoisArcher
That last one sure is the strangest hummingbird I've ever seen. Wouldn't think them wings are strong enough to make it fly.

Good pics.
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DJ1911
IroquoisArcher wrote:
That last one sure is the strangest hummingbird I've ever seen. Wouldn't think them wings are strong enough to make it fly.

Good pics.


Hey! The fish around here aren't the only things that can fly.....

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IroquoisArcher
[rofl]
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