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Billybob

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I'm new to this thread, and thank those before me who've posted such beautiful bird photos.
I just got into Canon and FF with the R5 and 4 RF lenses. This was taken from my house through a window to a hummingbird feeder outside. Taken on a tripod with RF 70-200 L IS at 100mm, f2.8 1/250" ISO 200. I used a wider angle (full image in 1st photo) to try to catch flight within any part of the view. The 5 photos are taken with electronic front shutter at 12fps and are cropped to enlarge the hummingbird vicinity. Not as great as most of y'all, but it's a start.
Nice series. The 70-200 is an amazing lens. You are going to enjoy it. If you want to capture the hummingbird (or any bird) in flight, you have to be willing to go with a high shutter speed. 1/1600 is about the minimum price of admission. You have an R5, so don't be afraid to let the ISO rise as well. Experiment. Put it in auto ISO, maybe with a ISO 2000 max or, if you shoot RAW, peg the ISO at 800 or 1000 and be willing to raise the exposure on your computer.

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I'm new to this thread, and would like to thank those who've previously posted such beautiful bird photos.
I just got into Canon as well as FF with the R5 and 4 RF lenses. This was taken from my house through a window to a hummingbird feeder outside. Taken on a tripod with RF 70-200 L IS at 100mm, f2.8 1/250" ISO 200, electronic front curtain, 12fps and 5 frames. I used a wider angle to try to catch flight within any part of the view. The first frame is shown at full size and then cropped near the humminbird (as as the next 4 frames). I know it's not as great as most of y'all, but it's a start. :)
 

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Nice series. The 70-200 is an amazing lens. You are going to enjoy it. If you want to capture the hummingbird (or any bird) in flight, you have to be willing to go with a high shutter speed. 1/1600 is about the minimum price of admission. You have an R5, so don't be afraid to let the ISO rise as well. Experiment. Put it in auto ISO, maybe with a ISO 2000 max or, if you shoot RAW, peg the ISO at 800 or 1000 and be willing to raise the exposure on your computer.

Good Light!
Thanks for your feedback. (In my first post I noticed the my photos had some parts lost when uploading, so I reframed the crops and re-posted everything). I've taken lots of landscape & high magnification flowers with insect shots, but am new to birding shots so I'll have to learn what works there, as high-speed motion stuff is completely different from what I'm used to. Also, I've enjoyed my non-Adobe post processing flow, but with the new R5 they can't process raws (doh!) like I always did before. So I guess I'll use work-arounds until they do (or else bite the bullet and start an Adobe post flow).
 
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Billybob

800mm f/11 because a cellphone isn't long enough!
May 22, 2016
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It's hard to avoid the 900lb gorilla that is Adobe. I must say that I love how Adobe handles R5 files. But I understand why you might not want to use Adobe. I think that Capture One has also added R5 support, so that's an option.
 
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Bert63

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I'm new to this thread, and would like to thank those who've previously posted such beautiful bird photos.
I just got into Canon as well as FF with the R5 and 4 RF lenses. This was taken from my house through a window to a hummingbird feeder outside. Taken on a tripod with RF 70-200 L IS at 100mm, f2.8 1/250" ISO 200, electronic front curtain, 12fps and 5 frames. I used a wider angle to try to catch flight within any part of the view. The first frame is shown at full size and then cropped near the humminbird (as as the next 4 frames). I know it's not as great as most of y'all, but it's a start. :)

Looks great to me bud! Keep shooting and sharing - we all love a good photo.

I want my freaking R5 so bad...
 
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Bert63

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I haven't been here for a wile and missed bunch of very nice (up to great!) photos... We are locked again (trails and beaches + sites that I don't use to frequent:)) and there were just 1-2 places where I can go to shoot. "My" White Tern is already flying, here is a photo of the last stage of checking the wings, and the parents ready to give some lessons in fishing.
After that a photos of White-Rumped Shama - strange looking but at home I figure out that by some reasons it is just changing the feathers around the head (in the field I was thinking - leucistic:))!

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Noticed you weren't around. Welcome back - great photos!
 

Bert63

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So, let's start with the nest. It's been in the tree for 22 years - plus or minus - and it's used by the same pair every year. They usually have two eaglets a season and we live in this campground when there isn't a global pandemic so we get to watch them a lot.

Where the nest is located you're looking at the only place to view it. The road drops off down a hill so the nest disappears quickly, and if you move to the left or right it disappears behind the trees.

Because it's so high it rarely gets good light because of the surrounding hills. By the time the sun hits it it's already too bright but with the surrounding hills you take what you get.

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And typical bad baby behavior...

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So one day a crow in a neighboring tree is hassling the babies and mom gets angry and finally goes after it. As she leaves the nest tree she clips a couple of branches and you can see the needles and debris in her wake. Steep dive here before pulling up to chase the crow in the neighboring tree.

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Missed a few of the center frames - was zoomed too close and panicking because I was sure I was screwing the sequence up - I was completely unprepared (as usual) and got lucky (as usual). The climb and landing.

These are cropped and shrunk but they still look decent. One of my favorite sequences.


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I'm still waiting to get the RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS so that I can take long telephoto high-magnification shots of flowers and birds on my R5, since the graph of its background blur size at 500mm is almost identical to that of my MFT Olympus 300mm f4 lens, while the Canon resolution and color depth should go far beyond what Olympus can do. But since I don't have it, and I can't get (yet) R5 raw files through my DXO post pipeline, I was hoping that you wouldn't mind if I ran a few photos I just took with my Olympus 300mm lens since that raw file goes through my DXO. Here are some crops at 1:1 with it:
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