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My Private Air Show!
2nd PlaceMy Private Air Show!
JopperTom


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: From the Ground Up IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Poway, Ca
Date: Oct 20, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/350
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2007

My humble acceptance speech:

First, I thank God for creating hummingbirds and giving us a fascination with them.

Next, my dudes! 21.gif awpollard and 21.gif wizardry for giving me extremely valuable guidance and encouragement. I think that a big part of the credit for this ribbon belongs to them. Umm...the points are all mine though. Sorry.

Finally, my son who shares me with my camera and only got a little angry with me for laying on the ground shooting birds when he wanted to play.

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It was simple, lay on the bogey-board under the feeder while your arms go to sleep and wait til you hear humming and hunt around to find where it is coming from and shoot.

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The good news is that the bird only peed on me once. The bad news is that I didn't get a shot of it. Perhaps that would have been worth a blue.

Thank you all for voting for my photo. This was a lot of fun. I recommend it at least once.


Statistics
Place: 2 out of 214
Avg (all users): 7.1022
Avg (commenters): 8.0588
Avg (participants): 6.8776
Avg (non-participants): 7.2273
Views since voting: 7578
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 137
Comments: 50
Favorites: 12 (view)


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09/24/2010 09:28:33 PM
Seriously amazing image.
06/17/2009 01:58:36 AM
what amazing execution!
11/05/2007 07:46:01 PM
I can't believe I didn't click on this shot earlier. Really just an amazing picture and incredible catch. It really is stunning, and impressive that you had the perfect shutter speed and aperature going. Well done and big congrats on the Ribb.
11/02/2007 04:26:45 AM
suggestion: tripod and a remote? Might help with the arms going to sleep.
11/01/2007 10:42:14 PM
Congratulations, this is an amazing capture!
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11/01/2007 05:37:38 PM
Thank you all very much for all of your awesome comments. I have to be careful that I don't let this go to my head.

I am glad to have a clue about the low scores. I don't mind taking a few on the chin for my country. I was happy to serve her in "Desert Storm" and even though she seems to be turning away from God. I would still give my life for the good ol' USA and ALL of the people who live there, regardless of their beliefs.

God Bless you guys. :-)
11/01/2007 09:03:39 AM
This is an amazing image and a great idea. The details and wings are simply fantastic the way the background shows through. It probably would have scored even higher without the patriotic feel, imo.
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11/01/2007 08:14:19 AM
Very unique take on a very difficult shot! Good job!
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11/01/2007 12:58:24 AM
Crazy. I am not a big fan of these hummingbird shots, but this one is so unique it's just over the top. Really well done!
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10/31/2007 08:35:47 PM
Originally posted by JerseyGenie:

Edit to say: what's up with the foolish ones that doled out 1s and 3s and 4s too for that matter?


Low scores are given for the American Flag is shots.

Congrats on the Ribbon!
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10/31/2007 06:17:40 PM
Congrats. Fantastic finish, even better shot, and the story is amazing. Guess you know what the hummingbird thought of you, huh?!\

Edit to say: what's up with the foolish ones that doled out 1s and 3s and 4s too for that matter?

Message edited by author 2007-10-31 18:19:09.
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10/31/2007 05:15:29 PM
If there was an Image of the Year on DPC, I'd nominate this one for it. Beautiful capture of an exceptional bird in flight.

Truly, GOOD one!
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10/31/2007 04:20:34 PM
Excellent! Putting up with hummingbird pee and all. At least it was worth it. Congrats!
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10/31/2007 04:14:20 PM
You da man.
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10/31/2007 10:43:36 AM
Congrats on second!
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10/31/2007 10:09:56 AM
Nice shot! Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/31/2007 08:17:44 AM
Wow, awesome capture! Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/31/2007 08:17:36 AM
amazing! and the story adds alot: LOL!! I have never heard of anyone being peed on by a hummingbird! That must be good luck too! CONGRATS on the red!!

~Anni
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10/31/2007 06:59:59 AM
I am a bit torn with the results of this challenge, I think the blue ribbon winner is more aesthetically pleasing, better composed and all that but the timing and moment you caught here is incredible so I am not really sure wich I want to like better, this is very cool and talk about correct shutterspeed and focus, dude, you really nailed that. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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10/31/2007 06:18:20 AM
what a cool and different image. Amazing. Glad it ribboned. Congrats!!!
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10/31/2007 05:50:22 AM
fantastic..well done/congrats
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10/31/2007 05:24:28 AM
Thanks for sharing how you did this as you must be a very patient person! Well timed and captured...the flag is beautifully unfurled for you as well...congrats on the red Tom

Yes, and thank God for all He has done!
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10/31/2007 01:37:10 AM
Congrats on an amazing image and your first of many ribbons! And any friend of Jesus is a friend of mine!
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10/31/2007 01:29:41 AM
Brilliant shot, Tom! Big congrats on your well deserved ribbon and PB.
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10/31/2007 01:26:44 AM
Yay for God for creating such wonderful things. Awesome shot, and congrats.
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10/31/2007 01:09:41 AM
Great stop action! Congratulations on u'r 1st ribbon too :)
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10/31/2007 12:51:32 AM
Wow, many congratulations! This is an amazing image.
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10/31/2007 12:45:45 AM
WOW. What timing! And two full points over your previous high score. Congrats!
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10/31/2007 12:24:46 AM
Nice, very nice. Congrats on the Ribbon...
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10/31/2007 12:22:20 AM
Not only is that a great shot, its almost an impossible one. Good job and congrats on the ribbon. :)
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10/31/2007 12:16:38 AM
Great photo, and it has given you a well deserved PB and 1st ribbon
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10/31/2007 12:14:40 AM
Thanks Dwayne. I had good friends to encourage me.
10/31/2007 12:05:46 AM
Congratulations TOM!!!...excellent job with this ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/29/2007 02:20:35 PM
I would have to say this is "The Winner" wonderful work...five stars
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10/29/2007 12:20:41 AM
Great capture... one patriotic bird.
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10/28/2007 03:47:22 PM
wow...great timing...this should do well for you
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10/28/2007 09:45:35 AM
You just know this is going to do really well.
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10/27/2007 11:09:37 AM
A really, really tough thing to get these little buzz-bombs! Nice capture! Love the flag behind. Dunno how you pulled this off.
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10/26/2007 10:24:29 PM
one of the most brilliant shots of the challenge 10
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10/25/2007 09:55:21 PM
What an opportunity and exquisite timing.
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10/25/2007 09:41:42 PM
Amazing capture
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10/25/2007 02:50:50 PM
nice!
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10/25/2007 02:24:20 PM
Excellent capture. Background just a bit noisy/grainy and would have been spot on otherwise
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10/25/2007 11:46:50 AM
What a capture!! Altho I have to say I'm not to keen on the flag at the background, would definetly prefer just the blue sky non the less very nice
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10/25/2007 07:51:42 AM
wow!
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10/24/2007 03:24:30 PM
Great timing.
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10/24/2007 03:14:22 PM
Very nice capture, timing is everything!
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10/24/2007 02:41:14 PM
Soo beautiful. Love the blured flag at background.
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10/24/2007 02:34:25 PM
Well done!
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10/24/2007 01:56:03 AM
Wow, way to capture the movement of the wings here. I really like the flag in the background too. Nicely done.
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