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Ann

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Challenge: Stopped Motion IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: home
Date: Nov 16, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Nov 16, 2007

I went to a bird photography workshop a few weeks ago, and the instructor talked about how to get a stop-motion hummingbird shots, so I had to try. I hung a feeder under a tree in the yard a couple of weeks ago to draw some birds. This is the only guy who seems to have found it so far, but he was very cooperative. The light is a bit harsh, but not bad for a first try.

Post processing...

* Convert from raw
* Crop
* NeatImage
* Clone out second catchlight in eye. I used 3 flashes to stop the motion, so there were multiple catchlights in every shot.
* Multiply layer to tone down the pink
* Soft light layer to add contrast
* High pass filter
* Gradient layer to add slight vignette
* Resize
* Sharpen
* Save for web

Post challenge....

Wow! I expected this to do well, but I never expected to do *this* well! Thanks everyone for your amazing comments!

To address some of the comments...no, 1/500 is not nearly enough to stop the motion on a hummingbird, it was done with high speed flash. The description of what I did is far too long and involved to fit here, and is posted here.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 138
Avg (all users): 7.8855
Avg (commenters): 9.2353
Avg (participants): 7.7857
Avg (non-participants): 7.9364
Views since voting: 23527
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 166
Comments: 75
Favorites: 50 (view)


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02/24/2009 12:58:16 PM
wow, what a great capture, thanks for the tutorial
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02/08/2008 03:40:18 PM
triumph for sure !!!
incredible .. i doubt that you could get a better photograph of one of these birds .. stopping those wings and the beautiful colours of his feathers .. the orientation just right .. focus and bokeh .. perfect ... congratulations on an amazing blue ribbon winner .. :)
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01/17/2008 07:55:41 PM
Obviously a great shot. Even better work describing how you did it. Much appreciated.
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12/06/2007 03:08:02 PM
I really like the hummingbird

picture. hummingbirds are my

favorite bird.

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11/30/2007 11:58:10 PM
wow. I've tried this a bit with hummers and they are just plain hard to snap... extraordinary capture.
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11/30/2007 04:17:57 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/29/2007 06:45:36 PM
That's impressive. Looks like a stuffed or fake bird that you took a photo of. Seems almost too crisp to be live action. Nice capture.
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11/29/2007 08:36:23 AM
Congrats Ann, sovereign picture, keep them coming!!
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11/29/2007 07:03:13 AM
Very nice. You deserved first place!
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11/28/2007 07:05:26 AM
WOW - best shot of a hummingbird I have seen in a long time. Great job!!!
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11/28/2007 06:20:57 AM
Way to go Ann. I'm very impressed. This is the sharpest humming Bird shot I've seen. The flash does the trick alright. Looks fantastic in front of the nice soft background. This deserves the very high score it got. Congratulations.
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11/27/2007 09:57:36 PM
congrats on the blue.
this is a favorite for me.
cant wait to read your "how did they do that"
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11/27/2007 04:53:32 AM
This was the photo I rated the highest in the challenge - great photo, stunning colors, and excellent choice for this challenge.

Congrats on the blue ribbon!
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11/26/2007 08:33:27 PM
Congrats (again) Ann! I can't wait to read about how you did this.
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11/26/2007 07:01:31 PM
Wow this is incredible, nice job stopping the motion, incredibly done, nice colors and bokeh as well, adding to faves, congrats on the ribbon
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11/26/2007 06:32:46 PM
Amazing capture, congratulations on a well deserved ribbon. The workshop really paid off!!
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11/26/2007 06:00:15 PM
Wow! well deserved. Would be nice to describe the procedure.
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11/26/2007 11:00:02 AM
Yup it wasn't hard to see that this was the winner. Congrats on the Ribb. Beautiful shot.
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11/26/2007 10:15:36 AM
What a great score Ann. Well done!
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11/26/2007 08:41:09 AM
Never a doubt for the Blue! Unbelievably beautiful - Congrats!
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11/26/2007 05:31:26 AM
Beautiful job here! Congrats on the Blue - well deserved in some very tough competition
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11/26/2007 04:23:50 AM
Surprised you only need 1/500 to freeze these birds, thought they moved a lot faster. Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/26/2007 04:22:03 AM
stunning...well done/congrats
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11/26/2007 03:00:44 AM
Stunning shot, congrats on another well deserved blue!
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11/26/2007 02:58:54 AM
this is just fantastic! Big congrats on a very well deserved blue!
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11/26/2007 01:06:12 AM
The iridescence in incredible. Way to go, a blue ribbon for your first bird.
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11/26/2007 01:06:05 AM
Congratulation! Excellent shot. Beautiful colors!
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11/26/2007 01:02:58 AM
This is superb, perfect in every way. Congrats on a well deserved blue, Ann.
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11/26/2007 12:42:50 AM
JUST B E A U T U F U L..........
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11/26/2007 12:41:07 AM
Congrats on the gorgeous blue ribbon - and um, your pic too :)
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11/26/2007 12:38:19 AM
I didn't get enough votes in to make my 10 vote count for you but it was so obviously a ribbon shot that it seems my vote didn't matter anyhow. CONGRATS on a WELL DESERVED BLUE!!!!
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11/26/2007 12:15:12 AM
Looks incredible, should take a shot of your setup and update this entry's details with the link to it.... please :) Great work, keep it up!
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11/26/2007 12:14:56 AM
Stunning! not an ounce of motion blur. congratulations :)
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11/26/2007 12:08:53 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue Ann! This is a magnificent shot!!
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11/26/2007 12:08:03 AM
WAY TO GO ANNPATT!!!!! Very well done, very well deserved blue ribbon!
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11/26/2007 12:06:46 AM
Unbelievably awesome for the challenge Ann...well deserved blue
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11/26/2007 12:05:23 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved "Blue" Great Hummer. Van
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/25/2007 01:01:05 AM
Nice stop! I wanted to shot a hummer but the only one who winters over (Annas) would not cooperate with me when the light was decent. Anyway, great shot. Only complaint I would have is that it is a bit dark against the dark background. But that is being picky.
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11/24/2007 06:59:00 PM
beautiful!
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11/24/2007 02:10:55 PM
Top 5
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11/24/2007 01:26:16 AM
excellent!!!
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11/23/2007 11:50:40 PM
Beautiful
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11/23/2007 07:34:57 PM
Amazing capture. Beautiful detail and light, and lovely bokeh. 10
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11/23/2007 12:29:05 AM
haha let me guess the title is your triumph of capturing this creature eh? this really is very nicely done. i can bet this will ribbon, people love these shots and rightly so with this shot! congrats! /10
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11/22/2007 06:10:18 PM
excellent capture!!
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11/22/2007 01:50:43 PM
Great sharpness, uncomplicated background and unless this bird was in an avary or hovering around all day you might only have had a very short period to get this right, unlike the people that can setup a dripping tap and shoot splashes for hours. Great colours, well exposed, a bit more open space on the left to put the bird a third in from the right, plus, the bird appears be moving from right into space on the left and so this might have improved composition two-fold. The best entry I've seen so far
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11/22/2007 05:45:46 AM
great shot.
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11/21/2007 07:36:26 PM
Excellent. 10
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11/21/2007 08:06:31 AM
That's completely amazing. The aperture is amazing - so crisp on such a fast object.
The colors on the body are also just... wow. I love this. It strikes me well.
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11/21/2007 02:30:09 AM
just stunning! i want whatever camera you have :)
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11/20/2007 04:52:49 PM
This is an excellent profile of the the hummingbird and the sharpness and richness of the colors are out standing. When you think of how fast the wings are moving, the capture is even more impressive. There is excellent separation between the subject and the background which makes the bird almost pop out of the image. Well done.
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11/20/2007 02:56:25 PM
WOW! this is incredible! i'm so jealous -- i've been trying to get pictures of hummingbirds forever and i'm just not fast enough! amazing job -- 10
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11/20/2007 11:56:45 AM
Very good detail and excellent job at stopping the motion.
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11/20/2007 10:57:51 AM
probably the blue ribbon shot! only nitpick would be the halo from sharpening around beak and head
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11/20/2007 10:52:30 AM
Gorgeous
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11/20/2007 09:49:42 AM
Stunning! This is my top pick and has to be the winner, it far surpasses all the other photos in the challenge.
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11/20/2007 05:33:50 AM
Nicely executed - great colours but green appears almost over saturated? Lovely sharpness and definition.
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11/19/2007 11:16:50 PM
Awesome Shot...... 10. I look for a blue on this one.
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11/19/2007 11:03:50 PM
excellant - a perfect 10
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11/19/2007 09:19:48 PM
Beautiful picture, sharpness, colors and background are perfect. My tarot card reading says you will placeļ. Good Luck
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11/19/2007 03:59:16 PM
Ok....this is nearly perfect.
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11/19/2007 03:52:46 PM
Ummm yeah, it don't get much better than this! The best shot of the challenge, to stop those wings, I mean DPC is gonna go crazy over this shot. Congrats on great colors, great composition, great shutter speed, DAMN!!! Congrats on the blue ribbon!!
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11/19/2007 02:30:51 PM
perfection! perfection! perfection! 10
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11/19/2007 12:22:09 PM
Beautiful pic...looks like it's frozen there - 9
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11/19/2007 12:09:06 PM
Triumph indeed. Superb!
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11/19/2007 11:54:07 AM
SO GOOD!!!10 10 10
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11/19/2007 11:31:48 AM
Excellent in All ways. Stunning Hummer. 10
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11/19/2007 10:42:20 AM
oh, very beautiful! very good sharpness, nice bokeh and fantastic colors! this will be a high scorer for sure!
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11/19/2007 10:14:25 AM
I smell a ribbon!
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11/19/2007 05:08:50 AM
To freeze this little chap is quite an achievement!
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11/19/2007 04:37:50 AM
Amazing capture - 9 , Sharp & Detailed.
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11/19/2007 04:12:20 AM
Beautiful colors, lovely dof, and definitely a great stop in motion!!
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11/19/2007 03:31:46 AM
Deserves a ribbon.....
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11/19/2007 01:42:09 AM
If I find the time to vote on enough to make it count for you... you have a 10 from me. Not just because stopping the motion of a hummingbirds wings captures the challenge perfectly. But the shot is also a very good one with very nice tones and colors. The shallow dof really makes this birds beauty stand out and it's cropped very nice too. If it isn't the blue ribbon then it should be.
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11/19/2007 12:42:38 AM
wow...you really froze the action here! lovely...9
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