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My Personal Triumph!!    A hummingbird shot with my macro lens!
My Personal Triumph!! A hummingbird shot with my macro lens!
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Triumph (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Colorado Springs
Date: Jul 27, 2007
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2007

Two blue ribbons disqualified in a weeks time!!! Be sure to check your camera dates!!!

jeff

I got obsessed with the challenge of capturing a hummingbird with my macro lens! I would stand by the feeder for long periods of times with them swarming around me. I found I had to use manual pre-focus to even have a chance to capture one. I took hundreds of frames: 30% were empty frames, 65% were blurry, 4% were pretty good and 1% I liked. Many shots were taken with the birds 4-6 inches in front of the lens. Made me realize a 105mm macro would be nice.

I don't know if people will see this fitting the challenge, but it was a significant triumph for me to get this shot!!!
Disqualification Details
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09/08/2008 06:34:35 PM
Aaarghhh!!! The rules! Such a shame to have this beauty DQd. It is a winner.. beyond time...beyond space...beyond DPC rules.

Kudos, my friend!
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08/14/2007 09:40:51 PM
oooh so sorry about the DQ...i still love this picture very much...my all time favorite. Absolutely beautiful!!
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08/11/2007 12:41:19 PM
I am so sorry about the dq! I had a ribbon disqualified once, so I know how you feel! I also try and try to get a decent hummingbirds and after hundreds of tries still don't have anything even remotely in the same league as this one. Congratulations on this award winning capture!
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08/11/2007 02:08:30 AM
ouch on that DQ, but seriously, this image is so good, I don't think even a DQ can do much to tarnish it. Truly outstanding in every respect.

The post processing is a stellar example of balance, with great sharpness and contrast with nothing overdone. I hope other submitters take this as an example of how to do it right. Would have pulled a 10 from me in voting.
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08/10/2007 09:41:50 PM
Thanks to all!! I have learned more from this image than any other I have submitted. Great comments, and great discussion in the forums.

jeff
08/10/2007 07:35:33 PM
Sorry about the DQ but the image is top class as you know so the important fact is you still managed to get a fantastic dream photograph tha simply 'ooozes' quality and style. Plenty of time for ribbons just keep on taking great shots like this. CONGRATS!
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08/10/2007 07:12:44 PM
D'Oh! Great image...sorry about your dq
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08/10/2007 03:58:02 PM
I had this exact thing happen to me a while back. For the battery challenge none-the-less! A battery is much easier to get a decent capture of so you must be more disgruntled than I ;P Great pic btw! - I'm sure you could have the last laugh - definitely sell prints!
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08/10/2007 01:52:38 PM
Sorry about the DQ. In my opinion it meets the the challenge. I tried for along time to get a good shot of these birds. Got a couple, just tough to get.
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08/10/2007 01:35:41 PM
:( this is your second blue ribbon that's been dqed... Have you got your date set right on your cam?
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08/10/2007 01:26:59 PM
This Opanda EXIF info finder is useful. Sorry about your DQs.
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08/10/2007 01:15:23 PM
Mannn im sorry you must be pissed!! hey all the same I love... to make you feel better IM adding it to my favs! (not just for you but because I love this picture)
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08/10/2007 12:14:55 PM
Originally posted by annpatt:

Serious bummer about the DQ. You entered this before the other one was DQ'd, didn't you? It doesn't diminish the quality of the shot, though. I keep coming back and looking at it. Awesome!


Exactly. I knew this was coming, but have enjoyed the ride.

jeff
08/10/2007 12:07:01 PM
Serious bummer about the DQ. You entered this before the other one was DQ'd, didn't you? It doesn't diminish the quality of the shot, though. I keep coming back and looking at it. Awesome!
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08/09/2007 11:41:01 PM
This shot is amazing!! I myself have been doing the same thing with my hummingbirds, pre set manual focus, waiting, waiting, waiting, most of my 328 shots going to recycle bin with a few keepers. It's an inspiring shot for me to see and I KNOW how difficult these are to capture! Congrats!!
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08/09/2007 09:38:44 PM
WOW....

Uber-gorgeous...you can retire now!
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08/09/2007 09:23:52 PM
i could look at thios picture for ever...its stunning...well done
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08/09/2007 05:44:42 PM
Amazing shot..congratulation on your Blue Ribbon. Well deserved for this magnificent personal triumph.
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08/09/2007 04:42:25 PM
congratulations on your wonderful image and deserving Blue Ribbon
This is indeed a triumph!
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08/09/2007 02:53:27 PM
This is an absolutely wonderful shot, worth all of your effort and congrats on your 'Personal Triumph'
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08/09/2007 02:03:02 PM
lol I think that about sums it up

Originally posted by Chinabun:

Personally I wouldve title this "Beginning to Fly" I couldnt give 2 $%hi!S about your new lens and how it relates to the photo. Other than that, I like it.
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08/09/2007 01:59:41 PM
Holey friggin COW!!!! now that's worth triumphing over! GOOD JOB!
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08/09/2007 12:20:30 PM
how in the world did you manage not to frighten the hummer shooting it with a macro lens. i have had enough trouble shooting it with a telephoto lens, so the effort it must have taken to get this kind of clarity with a macro lens is outstanding. I missed voting in this poll, but if I had I would have given you a 10. thanks for sharing this vivid capture with us and encouraging us to do our personal best.
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08/09/2007 11:06:06 AM
Jeff, that's truly an amazing capture. So much detail is hardly seen.
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08/09/2007 09:45:44 AM
i tought this will be ribbon ... congratz !, btw: i gave this 5 with no reason at all , :shame on me
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08/08/2007 11:19:30 PM
The colors are amazing, how did you capture this photo so vividly.It's just gourgeous.
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08/08/2007 09:48:07 PM
great shot
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08/08/2007 06:51:09 PM
Nice shot. I know from personal experience how difficult and time consuming the effort took. Congrats
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08/08/2007 05:10:50 PM
Amazing. I have been trying forever to get a picture like this. Aren't they wonderful little jems? Congradulations on the wonderful picture.
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08/08/2007 04:59:47 PM
That's not even "thinking outside the box",
"Shoe-horning", a super photo, Yes.

Some might say, "Gee, could have photographed a speeding train", all of our First-Steps taken on 2-Legs, are Personal Triumphs (boring). But comparatively, everyone knows hummingbirds are "Faster-and-More-Elusive".

IF I got a more partial Frontal-Closeup shot of a fast moving Cheetah or a Charging white Rhino, that may have come in 2nd-Place. A Cheetah catching it's prey in middair, that's a triumph for both.
"Triumph" Spitfire... Not.

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08/08/2007 01:40:47 PM
AMazing! Congrats on the blue, and congrats for capturing this little beauty with your macro. :)
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08/08/2007 01:09:37 PM
Stretching the challenge a bit aren't you? ;-) No only joking, this a great shot and fully deserves the ribbon. Well done!!
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08/08/2007 12:18:47 PM
Great job! Can you post any outtakes or post-processing details on this one?
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08/08/2007 12:15:24 PM
Fantastic capture! Congrats on the blue ribbon!
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08/08/2007 12:12:58 PM
amazing detail. Congrats on being truimphant.
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08/08/2007 12:09:49 PM
Although, as many have stated, this doesn't fit the challenge in the literal sense... to those who have ever tried taking shots of these amazing birds, triumph is the only word to describe your picture. This is an outstanding and, due to the elusiveness of the humdingers, very unique photograph!! Congrats on the blue, but mostly on being so patient in order to attain this thing of beauty!

I, amongst many others, am extremely envious and jealous!!!!
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08/08/2007 11:49:55 AM
I've got a couple of pretty good hummer shots dude, but you've just raised the bar to a whole new level. Congrats!
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08/08/2007 11:22:28 AM
This is awesome! I have been wanting to do the very same thing myself.
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08/08/2007 10:40:32 AM
Wow - what an INCREDIBLE shot. One of the sharpest in-flight shots I've ever seen. I'm not surprised to read the number of frames you had to take to achieve this one. Wonderful work!
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08/08/2007 09:46:55 AM
Aaaaaaah. The KARMA... Works all the time ;)
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08/08/2007 09:28:43 AM
I loved this when I voted on it! Congrats on your blue (again :P)!
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08/08/2007 09:25:35 AM
Wonderful shot! I have taken hundreds of hummer shots in your first 2 categories, so I know how hard this is!
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08/08/2007 09:02:00 AM
Well, it doesn't look like you wasted any time getting back up on that pony and getting yourself another blue ribbon. Congratulations!
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08/08/2007 08:15:35 AM
OHMYGOSH. . .I'm still trying for a really good hummingbird photo. Now I have something to aspire to :)

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08/08/2007 05:35:52 AM
that's an amazing capture, perfectly sharp where it counts and nice motion blur where you want it! A triumph indeed!
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08/08/2007 05:34:53 AM
Truly stunning shot..well done&congratulations.
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08/08/2007 05:17:06 AM
Fantastic shot - Congrats on your ribbon and on achieving your goal!
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08/08/2007 05:14:50 AM
Awesome shot! Nice achievement!
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08/08/2007 04:56:10 AM
Hmmm, a hummingbird or a pigeon(hole).

Amazing shot though.

Message edited by author 2007-08-08 04:56:57.
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08/08/2007 04:24:52 AM
It is a really great photo but it doesn't really convey "triumph". Your description is just trying to "make it fit" for this particular challenge. No offense.
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08/08/2007 03:29:46 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue! its an outstanding shot, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to take!
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08/08/2007 02:39:47 AM
Originally posted by whiterook:

I gave you a seven. This is a great shot. It is not the issue. I believe
they are alot of spoiled or richgrown up kids in this club. If people don't think have a house and boat on the water doesn't mean success!


what in gods name are you trying to say?
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08/08/2007 01:07:04 AM
I gave you a seven. This is a great shot. It is not the issue. I believe
they are alot of spoiled or richgrown up kids in this club. If people don't think have a house and boat on the water doesn't mean success!
08/08/2007 12:59:24 AM
Apparently it was very fitting for this challenge. Stunning photo - much deserved blue - congratulations!
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08/08/2007 12:53:46 AM
Congrats on your first blue ribbon! Very well deserved-excellent capture!
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08/08/2007 12:46:36 AM
This is the most incredible hummingbird shot I have ever seen. This is indeed a triumph. The detail and color are awesome. Congratulations on this beautiful capture, and on the blue ribbon triumph!!
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08/08/2007 12:20:33 AM
congratulations on the blue!!..this is a wonderful photo
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08/08/2007 12:17:24 AM
what perfect clarity...you should definitely be proud...i sure am...wow!

great job, keep up the great work
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08/08/2007 12:06:13 AM
Having done this for hours as well I can truly appreciate the triumph of doing this. especially with a 60mm macro. I have enough trouble with the 180mm.
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08/08/2007 12:04:45 AM
wow.... all i can say, and congrats. im very very jealous
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2007 11:59:31 PM
wow!! great shot!! a bit of a strecth for the challenge.
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08/07/2007 11:18:46 PM
wow! never saw it that close! fantastic shot, even though a bit far from the challenge theme
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08/07/2007 07:27:21 PM
...and very well done too :)
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08/07/2007 07:06:41 PM
Beautiful!!!!!!!!
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08/07/2007 03:04:31 PM
...and a pretty nice shot it is :-)
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08/07/2007 02:34:25 PM
WOW!!! What a great shot. But I think you will run into problems regarding theme relation. I however give you 10.
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08/07/2007 01:41:41 AM
That's a beautiful shot! I'm afraid I would have no clue how it meant triumph without the title, though.
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08/07/2007 12:52:00 AM
Man...that's amazing. Just amazing...I've nothing to say but this is my fav! WOW!
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08/07/2007 12:38:43 AM
Wow, that IS a triumph! Gorgeous shot!!!
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08/06/2007 11:35:02 PM
Good clarity in the eyes and feathers on the head, and nice blur in the wings. Nice colours, too. Certainly a ribbon contender.
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08/06/2007 08:54:03 PM
I can see how capturing this little guy would be a personal triumph, gratz. Nice detail beautiful colour
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08/06/2007 07:32:58 PM
This is a beautiful shot...the colours are so vivid..well done
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08/06/2007 11:57:21 AM
While I normally don't even glance at the caption of the image (I tend to think that if you have to tell me how the image fits the challenge, you haven't done a very good job), I really was impressed with this shot and I'm more than happy to use the caption to tie to the challenge so I can give you a great score.

As someone that shoots a lot with a macro lens too, I'm extremely impressed with this shot.
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08/06/2007 03:04:49 AM
very sharp!, i like this shot
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08/06/2007 12:37:32 AM
Beuatiful macro shot.
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08/05/2007 12:28:43 AM
Amazing shot
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08/04/2007 06:27:16 PM
great picture, I mean really great, but outside of the title doesn't really fit the challenge.
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08/04/2007 10:18:57 AM
Well, the title is kinda...? But the photo - Sweet! Nice work. 10
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08/04/2007 03:06:35 AM
bravo !!!
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08/04/2007 01:07:33 AM
wow! nice capture. Only drawback, in my personal opinion, is about the background color. I wish if the background was full green. 9.
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08/04/2007 12:11:27 AM
Amazing sharpness! This is truly breathtaking!
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08/03/2007 11:21:15 PM
I can identify with that feeling of triumph. this is a wonderful photo
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08/03/2007 07:54:07 PM
Wow, outstanding detail and colors. Congrats!
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08/03/2007 02:25:45 PM
I loved it!
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08/03/2007 10:45:16 AM
wow, beautiful... im jealous!! was this heavily cropped? love the colours!!
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08/03/2007 10:26:56 AM
great capture! 10
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08/03/2007 01:12:43 AM
Grats on you shoehorn. This shot doesn't convey triumph or success, only the title does.

Your new macro lens is quite nice and this is a really good photo. Perfect clarity in the birds feathers without sharpening halos on the edges. Plus I find the amount of motion blur in the wings to be dead on perfect as well.

Got all excited and just had to enter it though eh?
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08/03/2007 12:37:33 AM
I very nice shot on top of it as well! Very nice detail and color! Be proud of this one!
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08/02/2007 11:06:39 PM
nice shot
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08/02/2007 09:22:52 PM
wow -- excellent. Congratulations on getting that shot
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08/02/2007 05:15:46 PM
Gorgeous, a wonderful accomplishment
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08/02/2007 02:20:06 PM
this is a great shot
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08/02/2007 08:46:03 AM
Easily one of the best hummingbird shots on DPC. The level of detail in the feathers is captivating. I can't wait to see the specs on the glass as well as an explanation of how you were able to get this shot. Very well done.
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08/02/2007 01:58:02 AM
congratulations!
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08/02/2007 12:14:57 AM
This is an amazing capture. Perfect focus, nice composition, great color. Though I bet it won't score as well as it might have in another challenge simply because it relies on the title to convey the "triumph".
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08/01/2007 11:13:37 PM
WOW! Amazing shot! What great detail.
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08/01/2007 11:04:31 PM
Wonderful shot!
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08/01/2007 09:43:21 PM
Wow! That is just fantastic!!! I hope you ribbon with this awesome shot!
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08/01/2007 04:23:21 PM
AMAZING!!
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08/01/2007 04:16:39 PM
It may be a triumph for you but without the word 'Triumph' in the title, I would never have gotten 'Triumph' out of the picture. Nice work but not really close enough to the challenge.
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08/01/2007 11:32:13 AM
What a beautiful hummingbird. I have been trying to photograph the hummingbirds in my yard but they're too quick! This is a great shot! Nicely done.
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08/01/2007 11:27:28 AM
wow...nice shot!
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08/01/2007 09:11:38 AM
That's a disgusting amount of detail. A personal triumph indeed, congrats on an outstanding shot!
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08/01/2007 05:35:22 AM
Nice capture - Great sharpness and wonderful colours - this really is a great capture but would probably do better in another challenge - great shot though
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08/01/2007 05:22:47 AM
Been trying for years to get a photo this nice of hummingbird,,, Great job & highest vote from me of the challenge! (9)
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08/01/2007 01:01:28 AM
great job! 7
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08/01/2007 12:33:58 AM
Personally I wouldve title this "Beginning to Fly" I couldnt give 2 $%hi!S about your new lens and how it relates to the photo. Other than that, I like it.
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