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Challenge: Zen Photography (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Grandma's House, outside Buchanan, VA
Date: Jul 26, 2006
Aperture: 1:5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600 second
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2006

Finally got some decent hummingbird shots! Took me long enough - I've been trying for months... HA Not sure how well this will be received, but suspect it will receive some DNMCs. For me, there's a great deal of "zen" packed into this image - harmony with nature, the quiet hum of the birds, sitting and watching the hummers for hours on end, the dance they perform, the delicate balance of life on this big rock we call Earth,...

PP included: levels/curves, selective semi-transparent gradient color fill on background, selective semi-transparent layer of feeder glass, transparency brush, dodge/burn brush, color sat, contrast, Neat Image, add border, save for Web.

Statistics
Place: 84 out of 329
Avg (all users): 5.9302
Avg (commenters): 6.9412
Avg (participants): 5.7843
Avg (non-participants): 6.0619
Views since voting: 1191
Views during voting: 418
Votes: 215
Comments: 26
Favorites: 4 (view)


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08/07/2006 09:07:44 PM
Hey Jimmy I see you have the 350D Rebel now, wonderful shot, I gave it a 9 and really thought it would finish higher, definitely one of the underrated shots in this challenge.
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08/07/2006 01:09:47 PM
Ohmygoodness, Jimmy!! I didn't see this in the challenge, but what in the world were they thinking giving this a 5.9!!! I have been trying forever to get a good hummingbird shot and this one is exceptional!!! There is NO blur, and the detail in his feathers is amazing.

I protest. . . .this should be 6.9 or nothing :)

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08/07/2006 12:54:13 PM
You got a 9 from me on this one, too. I thought it was very good.
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08/07/2006 06:48:33 AM
There were a few underrated shots in this challenge, this was definitely one of them SJ...I gave this a 9 and cannot believe it didn't finish at least top 20
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2006 12:30:49 PM
This would be better in the stopped motion challenge
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08/06/2006 11:46:30 AM
Great shot. Did you think about cloning or blending out out whatever that is in the upper left part of the frame? Nice capture.
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08/05/2006 11:54:35 PM
Wow, this is awesome! I know how hard it is to catch these shots and you did a beautiful job!
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08/04/2006 04:53:15 PM
Fantastic DOF and colours, brilliant mid 'flight' capture :o)
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08/04/2006 03:35:42 PM
BEAUTIFULLY DONE! 9!
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08/03/2006 10:50:25 PM
why admit
there is motion
to be stopped?
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08/03/2006 01:13:36 AM
Excellent!
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08/02/2006 09:35:33 PM
nice hummingbird capture. i love the photo, but don't see the connection to zen. 8
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08/02/2006 01:11:20 AM
Beautiful - Only gripe would be the out of focus object in the back
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08/01/2006 08:06:04 PM
nice capture.
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08/01/2006 03:32:17 PM
This is stunning, too bad you didn't clone out the twig, or whatever, I find it a bit distracting.
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08/01/2006 02:53:49 PM
would have been a GREAT shot if perhaps you could have cropped it more to the right than to the left (would have removed the distracting branch thing on the left too) ... though I must say the colours here are amazing ... 8
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08/01/2006 02:29:20 PM
Great capture, but it doesn't give me a sense of calm and peace.
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08/01/2006 12:43:05 PM
Wow excellent timing. The only problem I see IMHO is that it seems as if about to go out of frame, of course I understand the subject is not really posing lol but I would have tried a different cropping.
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08/01/2006 10:13:43 AM
It's a remarkable capture - but the framing is a little odd. No flower and too much to the back of the bird. I would have been incined to crop much of the background out.
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08/01/2006 09:56:17 AM
stunning hummer. A great zen to me
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08/01/2006 09:52:26 AM
a great capture of the hummingbird but the color and crop really don't do it for me.
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07/31/2006 07:16:47 PM
6: while this is a great shot I struggle to fit it into ZEN
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07/31/2006 02:05:21 PM
If this does not get the blue ribbon, I will be totally shocked. WONDERFUL shot. 10!!!
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07/31/2006 09:01:10 AM
Wow - what a stand out. Beautiful colors and talk about stop action. WOW.
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07/31/2006 06:46:36 AM
this is absolutely stunning...wow! I am going to give this a 9 and not 10 for only one reason...the branch in the background could have been blurred out a little under the advanced rules and this is what I would have done...it competes with the bird for attention...just my upinion...excellent shot
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07/31/2006 01:38:41 AM
Wow! Great background and stop motion.
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