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Challenge: Branch (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: home
Date: Sep 4, 2005
Aperture: 16
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2005

This was a difficult challenge. Trying to find a branch that was interesting by itself without a distracting backround was next to impossible. I tried to think of other types of branches like a branch in the road, a river or even a bank branch. I decided the only way to pull off an interesting picture was to add another captivating element. I captured this immature male rubythroat hummingbird perching in the butterfly bush in my backyard. I took a multitude of shots before I found one that I felt was good enough to enter. I really like the backround and lighting in this one as well as the way he is positioned on the branch. Hope you like it too.
The picture was not cropped. It was slightly sharpened, increased contrast just a bit and Neat Image was used to smooth it out.

Statistics
Place: 49 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.8947
Avg (commenters): 7.6364
Avg (participants): 5.8138
Avg (non-participants): 5.9786
Views since voting: 706
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 285
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/13/2005 11:02:20 PM
aw a cute little humming bird nice lighting and zoom
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09/12/2005 09:27:30 PM
Nice one! Not that easy to capture these little guys or even find them once they've landed. The background is a bit dark but It helps to bring out the hummingbird.
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09/12/2005 08:20:30 PM
This is a cool picture but I think it focuses more on the bird than on the branch. But hey, we all do it. nice job! I like the colors.
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09/12/2005 02:30:07 PM
Love this shot, birds are hard to get. Great colour and focus!
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09/09/2005 07:53:33 PM
Aww cute. Nice lighting and placement.
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09/09/2005 01:16:23 PM
Great photo. I gave it a ten.
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09/09/2005 05:40:07 AM
Nicely done! I do wish the bird wasn't so centered though....
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09/08/2005 09:41:01 PM
Nice
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09/08/2005 12:18:18 AM
I like small birds. Focus is a little off; colors would be richer.
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09/07/2005 11:32:10 PM
Very well caught, nicely composed, balancing the delicacy of the bird with an equally delicate line of the branch. I do worry that the bird has stolen the limelight here though.
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09/07/2005 10:14:13 PM
Great Shot! Too bad it's beak isn't on the other side of the branch. Still a "10" to me.
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09/07/2005 04:22:31 PM
Accomplished shot. a little levels boost might have brought out the bird more as the whole image is a little dark. It's a shame about the diagonal twig it's a bit distracting. Giving a 6 for the sharp focus on the birds head.
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09/07/2005 07:55:50 AM
well done, like it very much, wish front branch had been a bit to the right, but?
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09/07/2005 01:08:45 AM
Too bad that long stick is cutting across. Great Capture though. 8
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09/07/2005 12:28:44 AM
I wondered if there would be a hummer shot! Looks like you got a GREAT one too! Nice capture!
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