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This was my first time trying a multi-flash setup. It was a fun time having a cerveza and just pushing the remote trigger as needed

I threw in one end of day no light but natural light image also.




  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/22.0    1/250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    278mm    f/22.0    1/200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lens    600mm    f/4.0    1/250s    16000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/22.0    1/200s    250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/22.0    1/250s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Apr 04, 2017 at 11:51 PM
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Nice first day, I prefer natural with the hummers but they do look very nice. Enjoy your trip.

BTW hurry back to sell that canon gear

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Superb photos...maybe you shouldn't have suggested it's as simple as pushing a button...it's like giving up a magic trick.
Eric



Apr 04, 2017 at 11:55 PM
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Nectar! (No pun intended)

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The last 3 are beauties Geoff. Looks like you figured out the lighting and/or had good coaching

Morris




Apr 05, 2017 at 12:42 AM
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These are all very well done Geoff ~ Ron


Apr 05, 2017 at 12:46 AM
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That second shot is over the top, superb.


Apr 05, 2017 at 12:55 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


Awesome Geoff
Questions please
Why such a low shutter speed and small aperture? Is it because of the multi flash setup?



Apr 05, 2017 at 01:12 AM
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Great job. I really like the First and last the one best.


Apr 05, 2017 at 02:11 AM
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Super shots Geoff. The 1st and last are my top picks.
Enjoy your trip.
Jason



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


Absolutely superb !

Who organized your trip, and where are you visiting in Costa Rica. Looks like I need to add it to my "must do" list.

Gene



Apr 05, 2017 at 02:31 AM
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Okay, as much as I love hummers, I'm jealous !! Very nicely done.

Birdie



Apr 05, 2017 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


Very nice. But maybe this is also how Juankgigo does his hummingbird shots too (with multi-flash)


Apr 05, 2017 at 02:50 AM
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morris wrote:
The last 3 are beauties Geoff. Looks like you figured out the lighting and/or had good coaching

Morris



I take absolutely no credit for getting the lighting right. My tour leader has been doing this for awhile and he brings all the flashes and backgrounds and light stands and triggers. He had the flashes all setup before breakfast. We took 1hr rotations through the setup and the rest of the time I shot natural light hummers and other birds.

We had 5 on the bird and 2 on the background.



Apr 05, 2017 at 03:13 AM
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kdacharya wrote:
Awesome Geoff
Questions please
Why such a low shutter speed and small aperture? Is it because of the multi flash setup?


Thanks.

Yes with the setup we need 1/250 was for the flash sync speed (camera limitation) f/18-22 to get the DOF.



Apr 05, 2017 at 03:14 AM
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RobAmy wrote:
Nice first day, I prefer natural with the hummers but they do look very nice. Enjoy your trip.

BTW hurry back to sell that canon gear


Thanks Rob. I shot half the day in natural light. I also prefer natural light for the overall aesthetic of the image but love looking at the detail in these flash shots.

Here is one more natural light one for you.

I shot 3500 images today...still culling as I type....





  Canon EOS-1D X Mark II    EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens    400mm    f/4.0    1/1000s    2000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 05, 2017 at 03:16 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


7 flashes; wow. That does make things look nice. I've been experimenting with my lowly 3 flash set-up. I actually prefer the flash and the wing detail!
The low aperture doesn't allow enough of the ambient light to affect the shot and cause a ghost effect.
The effective SS with this arrangement is about 1/50,000 second to stop the wings completely
Keep experimenting. You are getting some nice results here.
A question for you or your tour guy; why does the flash make the violet sabre wing hummer look blue? I also found that!
Don



Apr 05, 2017 at 05:01 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


Good culling, Geoff.

Wowesome images. I like number last best.

Jarmo



Apr 05, 2017 at 07:45 AM
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arbitrage wrote:
Thanks Rob. I shot half the day in natural light. I also prefer natural light for the overall aesthetic of the image but love looking at the detail in these flash shots.

Here is one more natural light one for you.

I shot 3500 images today...still culling as I type....


Gorgeous shot



Apr 05, 2017 at 09:02 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · First day of Costa Rica hummers...


Lovely- best hummers I have seen in some time. Can't wait for my CR trip next April.
Thanks, as always, for you taking the time to share.



Apr 05, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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