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Gone But Not Forgotten
Gone But Not Forgotten

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Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Date: Aug 15, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/30 Hand Held
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

I had a wonderful two weeks this past summer when I rented a sweet lens with extender tube, specifically to shoot the hummingbirds that were flocking to my 6 feeders. This particular capture was shot at 420 mm focal length, hand held, at an extremely close distance, about 6 feet, and she literally filled my frame, completely unafraid. I hated to see her go in mid-September, as she had become a fixture at 'her' feeder. I did a whole lot of tedious selective sharpening to eyes and portions of the chest and tail. I used levels and curves and also selectively smoothed the background and darkened it as well. My arm and hand had gone almost completely numb by the time I finished shooting her while crouched in a corner of my porch.

Place: 121 out of 484
Avg (all users): 6.1783
Avg (commenters): 5.8571
Avg (participants): 6.0613
Avg (non-participants): 6.4627
Views since voting: 893
Views during voting: 355
Votes: 230
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/28/2008 01:26:13 PM
Wonderful partial albino.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 03:23:21 PM
boring composition, though i'm sure it must have been a difficult capture.
01/24/2008 12:59:20 AM
Nicely captured and focus is bang on. The level adjustment has created some hot spots that does not help the result. Good Luck. 5.
01/23/2008 10:05:39 PM
lighting seems a bit harsh and something seems a bit off on the processing/colors but i can't quite place it. nice composition.
01/23/2008 06:05:14 PM
Nice and crisp! Filling the frame works well for this image, and the colours in the bird are nicely saturated.
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01/23/2008 11:46:27 AM
Unreal, and I mean that in a good way! An incredibly cool capture.
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01/22/2008 05:31:50 AM
very crisp focus
great out of focus background
light is nice as well
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01/21/2008 01:24:08 AM
incredible sharpness and colors
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01/21/2008 12:32:59 AM
I wish the lighting was less harsh. It is great focus.
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