Disappointed with my last set of hummingbird photos, I decided to try again with a flash. I went out on July 3rd with the 70-200 plus 1.7x teleconverter and an SB-800 flash, but no hummingbirds showed up. On July 4, I tried a different approach. I went out with the Nikon 105 f/2.8 micro (macro) and an SB-600 flash with a Sto-Fen Omnibounce diffuser. I decided I would go into Ninja stealth mode and get close to the hummingbirds. And it might have worked, if any hummingbirds had shown up that day.
Fortunately, some butterflies and moths arrived, and I got a chance to test the rig. Because the flash syncs at 1/250 of a second, I definitely lost some images to motion blur, but I have to commend the Nikon lens’ vibration reduction system, because camera shake was rarely a problem. Without the flash, which was set at -.7 stop, the images below would have been far too contrasty, with harsh shadows or blown out highlights. All in all, I think it worked out pretty well.