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Swan Dive in Black & White
2nd PlaceSwan Dive in Black & White
JakeKurdsjuk


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Challenge: Free Study 2016-06 (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
Date: Jun 29, 2016
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 5000
Shutter: 1/2000
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2016

Because why not, right? Who in their right mind submits a B&W hummingbird photo? Given a choice between this and IR I'm hoping folks recognize something a little different instead of treating it like just another bird shot. Fingers crossed.

(After Voting)

I was so glad to see that folks responded well to this. Honestly, if it was that good in color you would have gotten it, but the background was a lot of reds and greens and with the little green bird the details got lost. On a whim I decided to try a B&W conversion and I loved how it just made the feather details pop.

And as for never photographing birds in B&W, tell that to Alfred Hitchcock. ;)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.9216
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8571
Avg (non-participants): 7.0625
Views since voting: 641
Views during voting: 90
Votes: 51
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/13/2016 02:43:06 PM
Congrats! Really nice image. I'm so glad it was well received.
07/10/2016 04:35:34 PM
Splendid shot, congrats on the red
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07/08/2016 10:40:06 PM
Wonderful Jake.
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07/08/2016 07:07:08 PM
This works for me. Nicely done! Congrats
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07/08/2016 06:49:52 PM
lovely in black and white. death to stereotypes.
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07/08/2016 12:54:48 PM
I voted this among my highest. I'm certain, that it wouldn't have captured my attention in color. This processing choice makes it stand out. Kudos!
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07/08/2016 12:27:59 PM
B&W is an excellent choice here. Stunning capture!
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07/08/2016 10:49:32 AM
Originally posted by Dennisheckman:

I once did a composite of a thistle and a hummer in black and white. I loved the way the contrast popped. This image has created an even wider gap now in the FS marathon! Now I am obligated to get something good for July!


Don't go losing any sleep over it. And please, no more trips to Patagonia. ;)
07/08/2016 10:22:55 AM
I once did a composite of a thistle and a hummer in black and white. I loved the way the contrast popped. This image has created an even wider gap now in the FS marathon! Now I am obligated to get something good for July!
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07/08/2016 07:32:24 AM
Nice to see one of those in B&W for a change! Tried it few years ago with the Northern Lights, without success ;) Really like the pop up contrast and soft background. Congrats!
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07/08/2016 01:47:11 AM
Congrats on the red, Jake. This is gorgeous, and I like it better than the many, many coloured hummingbird shots I've seen.
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07/08/2016 12:35:49 AM
Originally posted by RulerZigzag:

Id give this a 10 if it were in color but I give it an 8. Birds should always be in color I feel.


Lol, he left me a funny comment also, do what you like I say, do what you like, congratulations, a very pretty image.
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07/08/2016 12:27:41 AM
So, crossing fingers DOES work :)

Your courage to submit such an unexpected choice is rewarded. Beautiful capture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2016 04:15:54 PM
WOW, awesome capture love this, wish I could vote!
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07/07/2016 04:06:02 PM
wonderful!
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07/07/2016 03:20:29 PM
What a fantastic catch.
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07/06/2016 07:07:06 AM
Thumbs up!
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07/02/2016 01:02:08 AM
Id give this a 10 if it were in color but I give it an 8. Birds should always be in color I feel.
07/01/2016 08:00:47 PM
8 from me.

Great detail in such a speedy little critter!
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