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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: home
Date: Aug 11, 2006
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2006

I have entered several hummingbird shots into DPC contests over the past 4 years, but I think this one is my favorite. The conditions were perfect and this beautiful female rubythroat cooperated with an unusual pose. Taken with on camera flash only. Cropped, levels, curves, saturation, sharpened and some cloning to remove some minor distracting elements.

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.7729
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.7333
Avg (non-participants): 6.9107
Views since voting: 2099
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 251
Comments: 28
Favorites: 8 (view)


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08/27/2007 08:50:17 PM
Dang! This makes my heart hurt. One day before I die, I pray for a photo even half-way as perfect as your hummingbird shots!

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09/13/2006 09:24:49 AM
amazing...this is probably one of the best photos i have seen to date. Ten points!
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09/11/2006 12:37:24 AM
Oh wow, I hadn't seen this yet. Extraordinary! What lens did you use?
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09/10/2006 11:59:47 PM
Lovely! Congratulations on your top twenty finish.

Message edited by author 2006-09-11 00:44:10.
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09/08/2006 04:58:00 PM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish. Wonderful capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 10:52:23 PM
A good example of using the right shutter speed to enhance the motion here, while still keeping the main body sharp. Well done.
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09/07/2006 05:09:29 PM
really stands out from the other hummers. congrats on the 'unique' capture of this often photographed bird.
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09/07/2006 03:46:01 PM
Sweet capture.
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09/07/2006 02:18:38 PM
flawless! a 10
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09/06/2006 07:11:14 PM
Great capture. The dark background really works here to highlight him. I like the motion of the wings.
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09/05/2006 02:28:32 PM
Very good job of capturing a very difficult stop action photo, and with a backdrop to really make the hummer stand out. Well done!
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09/05/2006 11:25:34 AM
Wow, excellent humming bird motion shot
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09/05/2006 09:48:58 AM
Stunning capture of this hummingbird in flight. It seems caught in suspended animation so that we can fully appreciate the beauty of this tiny creature. Great still on the beating wings - one still sees all the beautiful details of the wings while the image still mantains the capture and feel of motion.
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09/04/2006 08:56:18 PM
Knowing how hard it is to nail these hummingbird shots. . . great job!!! BOL
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09/04/2006 06:07:29 PM
What a capture!!!!!! Love it!
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09/04/2006 03:58:34 PM
Excellent capture of the moment
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09/04/2006 09:47:09 AM
great DOF. the background is beautiful and very nice "pose" as well. 8
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09/03/2006 09:34:17 PM
Excellent capture, very clear and wonderful colours.
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09/03/2006 04:53:37 PM
This is an amazing shot. The warm colors of the hummingbird works great with the rich green background. This is definately one of my favorites. I hope to get this good one day.
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09/03/2006 04:21:38 PM
very nice, you had a very good moment
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09/03/2006 08:14:15 AM
wow...excellent capture, one of the better bird images in this challenge
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09/02/2006 08:32:28 PM
awesome 10
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09/02/2006 06:37:46 PM
nice. one of the better humming birds IMO. nice clairity on the head.
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09/02/2006 04:30:37 PM
The old mid-air backflip. Very nice.
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09/02/2006 01:41:37 PM
Nice focus on this humming bird. I think you have framed the moment very well.
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09/01/2006 08:57:19 PM
Nice capture...(8)
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09/01/2006 07:36:16 PM
FINALLY a hummingbird shot that isn't your run of the mill snapshot at the old feeder. For all I know this may also be right at the feeder but it sure doesn't look like it. This is oozing with artistic flair and it looks like some thought was put into this shot before clicking the shutter. The background works very well and the lighting is superb. Kudos. Hope you do well.
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09/01/2006 03:47:08 PM
Of all the hummingbird shots in this challenge, this one is clearly the best! 7.
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