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3rd PlaceNature's Beauty
Marjo


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Challenge: Beauty (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: backyard
Date: May 24, 2005
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2005

Filtered with noiseware.
Cloned out a fiber.
Used the blur tool on the darker green area of the background.
I never tire of trying to capture photos of hummingbirds. They are beautiful birds, imo. I imagine this won't score well. For one, it's not edited enough for the voters...
I like it.

Woo Hoo! I am sure glad I was wrong.
Thank you for all the wonderful comments and the favorites! :D

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.9167
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 6.7907
Avg (non-participants): 7.0488
Views since voting: 40743
Views during voting: 453
Votes: 252
Comments: 59
Favorites: 27 (view)


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09/08/2009 11:48:14 PM
This is such an effective shot! I see we have a favourite subject in common - and thank you for the lovely comment on my hummer (first comment I've received so far). I tend not to edit much either. Then again, I don't really know how to do advanced edits. I like the naturalness of your image; one can easily imagine the texture of the feathers. The light falling through the wings is beautiful, too.
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10/13/2007 11:36:10 PM
I'm always amazed at these shots. Never had any success myself...maybe I lack the patience! ;)
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04/03/2006 07:32:12 PM
gret shot!!!!!!!!!!
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09/10/2005 10:47:15 PM
Photo is very hard to do.I like the photo.
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07/25/2005 09:44:04 PM
congrats on your ribbon. this is a beautiful shot and you certainly do better with hummingbirds than I have been able to.
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06/10/2005 08:23:54 PM
Exquisite subject. : )
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06/09/2005 02:09:55 PM
CONGRAULATIONS THAT'S A GREAT PICTURE
SUE
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06/08/2005 10:40:07 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, and what a beautiful shot!
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06/07/2005 11:59:07 PM
Amazing and lovely and beautiful. Congratulations on your yellow.
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06/07/2005 09:59:08 AM
congrats - well done. always a challenge photographing these little speed demons ;}

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06/06/2005 08:47:21 PM
Nice to see that you were wrong about not editing enough... Photography should be about the emotion and ability to tell the viewer something, not about mastering every nook and cranny of photoshop. Congrats... a great shot
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06/06/2005 08:19:54 PM
Yay Marjo!!! Excellent photo! Congratulations.
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06/06/2005 06:54:33 PM
Congrats on your first ribbbon. Well done.
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06/06/2005 02:59:52 PM
Many congrats on your ribbon, Marj!
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06/06/2005 11:09:50 AM
congrats on the ribbon, nice capture.well done
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06/06/2005 09:43:20 AM
A magnificent capture - congrats on the image and ribbon!! Way to go!
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06/06/2005 06:09:13 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! More to come I'm sure. Great work.
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06/06/2005 05:06:36 AM
Cool ! Congrats !
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06/06/2005 03:52:22 AM
Nature´s simple and exquisite moments and you captured it so well, congratulations!
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06/06/2005 02:23:55 AM
I'm very happy to see this one get a ribbon. Well Done Marj!
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06/06/2005 12:11:10 AM
Beautifully done! Congratulations!
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06/06/2005 12:07:02 AM
Excellent shot, Marjo! Congratulations!
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06/06/2005 12:06:35 AM
congrats. seems you were wrong about the voters. :)
I've never managed to get even a decent hummingbird shot.
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06/06/2005 12:05:46 AM
Very nice. Congrats on ribbon!
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06/06/2005 12:02:44 AM
Congratulations. Nice one.
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06/06/2005 12:02:34 AM
Yeah marjo! this is super, congrats.
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06/06/2005 12:02:11 AM
nice capture, well done on your ribbon win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2005 11:08:17 PM
Incredible , Incredible capture!
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06/05/2005 09:53:39 PM
Excvellent stop action and wonderful use of DOF... the contrast of color between the bird and the flower is an added plus.
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06/05/2005 09:39:51 PM
Woohoo! Now THIS is nice! Focus is bang on. Good work.
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06/05/2005 03:09:26 PM
Great shot
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06/05/2005 06:56:14 AM
Wow, amazing capture! Must have been a fast shutter...
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06/04/2005 11:35:43 PM
A beautiful caputure of a difficult subject. 10
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06/04/2005 09:58:35 PM
Nice stop action photo! Just enough of a blur on the tip of the wings to show they are in motion, and everything else is frozen solid. And with such shallow DOF, the focus had to be perfect. Nice shot!
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06/04/2005 04:57:22 PM
Good capture! I like the greenish background and the red contrast.
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06/04/2005 03:49:19 PM
Nice capture. Very hard to do. Good luck. 7
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06/04/2005 10:58:56 AM
Fantastic shot! I have very little else to say about it! This must have taken extreme patience and a fast lense! Very skillfully captured! Hope you fare well in this challenge! Bumping up to 10.

Alex
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06/04/2005 09:28:07 AM
Bumped up. Very good.
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06/04/2005 02:00:44 AM
Very nice capture of a really quick bird
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06/03/2005 09:14:17 PM
excellent capture ...gives me lens envy :)
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06/03/2005 09:12:49 PM
I was so proud of the focus and clarity of a hummingbird shot I took this weekend, then you had to go and ruin it with this gem. Thanks a bunch- 10. :-(
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06/03/2005 07:30:15 PM
Wow, what a catch! If only the background could be a deeper color, perhaps a rich dark green..... Great capture !!!!!!
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06/03/2005 03:39:16 PM
Great capture! Perfect dof.
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06/01/2005 11:02:03 PM
Excellent catch. These fellows are so hard to stop and photograph.
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06/01/2005 04:51:20 PM
Amazing capture! Good clarity and detail on the bird. Fast fingers paid off here! :-)
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06/01/2005 12:58:57 PM
Oh Wow! Excellent capture!!!!!!!! How awesome that you can see his tiny little feet, and the catchlight in his eye, and crystal clear -- even the fast moving wings are hardly blurred. You did REALLY good on this. 10
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06/01/2005 11:23:10 AM
I love this photo. It's so interesting. You get a sense of the motion that was going on yet get to see the intensity of the bird's face. The red flowers on blurred green background works really well. It might need more cropping on the bottom edge.
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06/01/2005 08:44:17 AM
Great capture, focus, colours and composition - well done
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05/31/2005 05:22:48 PM
Great capture! Having spent a couple of hours trying to capture some of these critters (using a hand held zoom with a fairly slow maximum aperture) I totally appreciate the crispness and composition of yours! The only negative for me is the quality/ colour of the light - it seems very flat and doesn't make the bird "sing" to me.
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05/31/2005 03:55:01 PM
excellent stop motion capture. Good composition and crop. Good POV, DOF, colors. Very well done. 8, may bump later.
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05/31/2005 01:33:57 PM
Great capture, one I have yet to be able to do successfully. <7>
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05/31/2005 08:11:26 AM
Wow ! What a capture ! Congrats
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05/31/2005 02:52:57 AM
Great capture.. what was your shutter speed ? you have frozen those wings !! I have tried that but most of the times I end up with shutter speeds around 200 or 400 and this doesn't freeze the wings..
I wonder how they will look with a little saturation bumped up background. Very well captured. 8
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05/30/2005 11:47:22 PM
Very nice capture! I am jealous. Keep up the good work!
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05/30/2005 04:03:17 PM
Wonderful! And so difficult to capture too. Well done! My one nitpick would be the background. It's nicely out of focus, but too close to the bird's coloring to really allow the bird to stand out. Really a great photo though!
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05/30/2005 07:50:11 AM
Wow. nice capture
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05/30/2005 07:06:24 AM
Great capture but it seems that either you needed a bit shorter shutterspeed or longer, this is just my opinion though but I would either like to see the wings completely frozen or blurred from motion. Also seems a bit flat, could use a contrast boost but I´ll say it again, great capture and I like it, I gave it a 7.
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05/30/2005 06:22:41 AM
Brilliant capture, perfectly composed, congratulations.
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05/30/2005 12:48:36 AM
Fantastic shot! Boy, that must have been a fast shutter speed - LOL! My only other comment would be that I would have liked to see the colors turned up a bit. Don't get me wrong though - it's spectacular! (9)
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