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Such Perfect Grace
Such Perfect Grace
strangeghost


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2006 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Near Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Date: Jun 22, 2006
Aperture: f 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2007

This bird was shot about a day earlier than my ribbon winner in 'motion blur.' Who knows, it might even be the same bird. I had a couple of good candidates for best of 2006 but I went with this one because I was just so happy with the final result.

Dup background layer and create mask for bird, allowing adjustments to the bird and background separately. Adjusted hue to get rid of weird yellowish background the got some comments on my previous entry. Brightened overall and adjusted some color balance. Noise removal on background and sharpened bird. Resize, save for web.

Title from the poem:

The Hummingbirds
by Charlotte Smith

Minutest of the feathered kind,
Possessing every charm combined,
Nature, in forming thee, designed
A proof within how little space
She can comprise such perfect grace,
Rendering the lovely, fairy race

Statistics
Place: 84 out of 712
Avg (all users): 6.5296
Avg (commenters): 7.7917
Avg (participants): 6.4432
Avg (non-participants): 6.8171
Views since voting: 2000
Views during voting: 536
Votes: 355
Comments: 26
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/27/2007 02:52:12 PM
Nice capture John! Great stop motion.
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01/26/2007 07:44:40 AM
I am so surprised that this one of only about 4 or 5 that I gave 10's to is in 84th place. It is such a flawless photo! But a great score and finish for a challenge like this!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2007 05:13:04 AM
Nice capture. Looks like a ballerina.
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01/24/2007 11:58:32 PM
absolutely perfect. you really can't do much better than that.
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01/24/2007 10:12:04 PM
Excellent capture. I have tried a few times and always failed to have the the perfect focus and stop action that you have achived here. Bump 9
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01/24/2007 02:19:56 PM
Very well done.
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01/23/2007 11:54:39 AM
Hummingbirds are nearly impossible to capture in flight, and am in awe over this one being perfect.
Belongs in an encyclopedia or bird book/magazine.
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01/21/2007 10:10:27 AM
Wow! What a capture. I am guessing you had to bump ISO pretty high to freeze the hummingbird, hence the noise, which does not detract from the beauty of the photo. Worthy of 10
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01/19/2007 06:31:42 PM
Execellent capture
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01/19/2007 01:17:02 PM
Great shot!
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01/17/2007 08:05:38 AM
Perfect capture 9!
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01/17/2007 05:50:23 AM
awesome !
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01/16/2007 10:33:23 PM
I have tried to get this shot many times and failed.

You nailed it.

Beautiful capture!
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01/16/2007 12:25:07 AM
Sweet capture here...
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01/14/2007 06:07:02 PM
Beautiful
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01/13/2007 09:58:54 PM
Fabulously done - among the best bird shots I've ever seen! << 9 >>
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01/13/2007 04:58:24 PM
Nice action shot!
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01/13/2007 01:51:31 PM
Ohmygoodness! If that isn't the most perfect hummingbird shot I've ever seen. . well. .it just is -- period! I am awestruck first. . .then incredibly jealous! National Geographic quality for sure!

WOW!!! I have to tell you, I am voting extremely tough in this challenge. Much more than I usually do because these are supposed to be photos that are people's BEST photo that they took all year, but this photo totally measures up, and in fact is the first 10 I've given in 437 votes!
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01/13/2007 11:59:50 AM
Excellent capture!!
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01/13/2007 06:35:01 AM
Perfect! 10
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01/12/2007 10:42:51 PM
Not easy to catch one of these fellows mid flight. Good job.
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01/12/2007 08:31:35 PM
perfect! 10!
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01/12/2007 02:24:31 PM
nice stop action of the wings. However the bird is too centered to make this picture feel good.
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01/12/2007 11:20:29 AM
Nicely done on a DIFFICULT subject!
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01/12/2007 01:08:07 AM
These buggers are not easy to photograph at all! I have tried several times. That is really good. Great detail. Nice job, very nice!
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01/12/2007 12:34:51 AM
posing for you, how nice
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