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Ann


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Challenge: Motion Blur III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: home
Date: Oct 25, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Oct 25, 2008

I realize not the most original shot on DPC...I'm trying to put together a portfolio of nature images for a show I have next year, so I'm shooting a lot of birds right now. Taken in a sunny part of my backyard. I hung a feeder from a light stand, then shaded it with a shoot through umbrella to get the diffuse lighting. The bushes in the background are in full shade.

Processing:

* Convert from RAW
* crop
* NeatImage
* Sharpen
* Resize
* USM (15,50,0) to improve local contrast
* USM (200, 0.3, 7)
* SFW

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 201
Avg (all users): 7.0674
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 6.6607
Avg (non-participants): 7.2336
Views since voting: 6266
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 193
Comments: 25
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/08/2008 06:44:43 PM
Oh Ann! I am a huge hummingbird photo shooter too. That's why I can appreciate the difficulty in getting a shot like this. I love the expression on this one's face. He looks so innocent and inquisitive. I'm so glad this one won a ribbon. I don't think excellent hummingbird photos will ever grow old.

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11/07/2008 07:12:33 PM
Hi I'm a new member and I wanted to tell you that this photograph is probably the most breath taking photo of a hummingbird I've ever seen. I love hummingbirds! I have feeders, and flowers and all sorts of interaction with them.

Fantastic!
Virginia
www.ginnyglasser.blogspot.com
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11/07/2008 06:05:41 PM
Beautiful image. Congrats on a ribbon!
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11/06/2008 11:35:29 PM
So very, very pretty. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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11/06/2008 10:58:27 PM
Perfect for the challenge. Congrats! You shoot these guys perfectly!
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11/06/2008 06:05:58 PM
Of course this is Ann's. Congratulations on the ribbon! I wouldn't have thought it was yours because the wings are blurred, unlike all your others, but I guess that was the point of this one wasn't it? Good job! Nice background bokeh.
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11/06/2008 12:49:06 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/06/2008 10:09:23 AM
Congrats on the third place!
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11/05/2008 05:58:30 PM
congrats, well deserved ribbon
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11/05/2008 11:29:49 AM
Difficult capture but very nicely done. Congrats on your win!
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11/05/2008 10:38:05 AM
Wasn't able to vote in this Challenge, but did take a gander at a couple of screens. When this little guy popped up, my first thought was - "Boy, this is going to be one of the top vote-getters!" All of us should be so talented as to get such an "unoriginal shot" as this one! Good Luck on your show next year.
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11/05/2008 08:23:21 AM
Well done Ann! I know that's a difficult shot to get!
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11/05/2008 07:32:10 AM
You have hummingbirds in your backyard, isn't that wonderful. Lovely capture.
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11/05/2008 05:31:47 AM
Beautiful shot - Congrats on the Yellow!
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11/05/2008 01:48:01 AM
Ann congrats, fabulous shot!!
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11/05/2008 12:27:27 AM
Great capture, Ann. Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/05/2008 12:18:08 AM
Congratulations on your yellow ribbon, you are a master of Hummingbird photography!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/02/2008 10:58:02 PM
Excellent capture.
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11/01/2008 08:33:10 PM
Beautifully captured. Well done!
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10/31/2008 07:10:35 PM
A wonderful capture. But something looks strange about the processing in the face. 6
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10/31/2008 07:17:09 AM
excellent details and focus - really nice work
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10/30/2008 04:23:59 AM
i love the pink color
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10/29/2008 07:36:23 PM
One of my favorites in this challenge and a high scorer. Great colors, great focus AND motion blur. Raising my previous vote this second time around. 8
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10/29/2008 11:48:40 AM
This is why I didn't enter this challenge; I don't have regular access to a Hummingbird ;-) He's looking a little oversaturated on the throat but the detail in the eye is fabulous, and the requisite wing blur is well-defined. I'd do a Levels adjustment to darken the background and make him stand out even more.
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10/29/2008 10:40:23 AM
Amazing how you were able to capture this. Hummingbirds are so fast, I imagine it's hard to get a good image out of them. Good job.
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