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2nd PlaceI Shall Dance With the Morning

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Challenge: Rule of Thirds VIII (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 USM
Date: Jul 20, 2019
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2019

I was so unsure about this entry. I know it is not technically perfect, I have hummingbird photos that I think are much better, but I'm not sure I've ever had prettier background, bokeh light, so I decided to go ahead and put it in the mix. But I am truly shocked that it won 2nd place! There are so many really good photos in this challenge!

Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. Mary... you are my hero for giving critiques without being a jerk :) THANK YOU! And I know you are so right about it not being perfect!

Place: 2 out of 59
Avg (all users): 6.7750
Avg (participants): 6.9286
Avg (non-participants): 6.4167
Views since voting: 795
Views during voting: 90
Votes: 40
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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08/04/2019 01:45:39 PM
Truly a beautiful photo and your work is awesome. CONGRATULATIONS
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08/04/2019 01:01:05 AM
It's a beauty Sandy!
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08/02/2019 12:36:09 AM
This is gorgeous! The bokeh is stunning. For the rest of it I can't say it any better than Wendy has. Congrats on the red.
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07/30/2019 04:30:32 PM
A beauty Sandy. The bokeh is really exceptional. Congrats!
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07/29/2019 06:31:17 PM
This is tremendous. But then again, I don't look for perfection, I look for beauty. Didn't even notice the blown tail. The colors are so soft and luscious! Congrats on the red!
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07/29/2019 12:13:39 PM
Well done, Sandy!!

Congratulations, friend!
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07/29/2019 10:14:06 AM
Congratulations Sandy! Nice to be sharing the podium with you! ))
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07/29/2019 08:13:18 AM
I love this shot!! I have tried for years to get decent hummer shots and I have none that I am thrilled with. I rated this higher because of the difficulty and your luscious bokeh!! Congratulations!!
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07/29/2019 03:10:15 AM
I was almost sure this was yours also, itís a lot better than what I could do, so itís pretty much perfect for me :-)
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07/29/2019 12:16:27 AM
many congrats Sandy .. i thought this might be yours in voting .. but felt that it wasnt up to your usual high standard of perfection .. lol .. but the bokeh coupled with the hummingbird was very Sandy-esque .. so i was 81.9% positive it was yours .. !! ..
very glad you entered it and was validated again for your amazing photography .. its not all about perfection .. its about the impact .. and the beauty .. which you have totally nailed here .. :)
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07/29/2019 12:07:42 AM
The master of capturing hummingbirds has done it again! Congratulations Sandy!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2019 08:21:50 PM
Beautiful image, lovely depth of field, and sharpness, I really appreciate how difficult these hummingbirds are to shoot. I tried when I was in America..., man holding that huge lens and trying to focus on this bird which flies at 1,000,000 miles an hour, so hard...so anyway Iím bumping this up. Pretty sure it will be the blue.

I love your editing also, this looks like a painting.
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07/28/2019 06:29:58 PM
Wonderful capture and great bokeh.
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07/23/2019 11:25:51 AM
Gorgeous light and bokeh. Nit: the whites on the tail are blown out. So, not perfect, but darned close.
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