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Challenge: Wings (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Home
Date: Aug 14, 2007
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2007

My favorite subject to photograph. They never cease to amaze me. Yes, it took many attempts to get a shot I was pleased with, but that's the fun of it!

Post Challenge Comment:
I thank everyone for your great comments and for my best score to date. There were so many wonderful pictures in this challenge I did not think I would do as well as I did.
Here is some information on how I got the shot. I used my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS lens with 420ex flash on a tripod. I prefocused at a point just next to the feeder from a distance of about 4 to 5 feet away (the minimimum distance that I could focus in on with the lens). Then I just waited for the little guy to show up. I can't remember how many shots I took before I got this one but it was alot! I wanted to make the backround more colorful than just the typical green and purple of my butterfly bush so I used an orange fabric that I bought and placed it strategically behind some of the branches to get all the colors in the frame. I didn't know how that would be recieved by the viewers, but apparently it added to the visual effect. I slightly rotated the final shot, used levels, sharpened, slightly increased saturation, Neat Image, and cloned out a small portion of the feeder from the lower left corner. The shot was taken at 1/250 sec. asa 200, aperature 7.1.
Here is my favorite hummingbird shot from last year where I used a totally green backround (the trees in the distance).

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 175
Avg (all users): 7.2200
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.7179
Avg (non-participants): 7.5410
Views since voting: 9360
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 200
Comments: 32
Favorites: 7 (view)


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08/29/2007 10:19:37 AM
Congratulations on your new personal best score with this awesome capture!! Excellent!
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08/28/2007 03:40:04 PM
What a great shot, love the colourful backdrop. Congrats!
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08/28/2007 08:54:53 AM
Beautiful photograph of a tough subject...congratulations on the HM!
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08/27/2007 08:49:26 PM
My first dream was to capture a hummingbird as beautiful as this! But I couldn't do it, hard as I tried. This is freaking AWESOME! I'm floored that this one wasn't the top scorer!

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08/27/2007 12:25:26 PM
This is a great shot! I so want to shoot hummingbirds, but when I put a feeder out back, I didn't manage to attract anything but bees. Congratulations on this beautiful capture and 4th place!
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08/27/2007 12:13:12 AM
Congratulations on top 5 & HM. Great capture - love the colorful background.
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08/27/2007 12:11:06 AM
congrats on your very strong finish! I gave this a 10, think it's fabulous image & capture! Way to go!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2007 10:03:28 PM
... and he seems to be dancing... Great capture!
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08/26/2007 09:07:12 PM
Perfect.....
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08/26/2007 08:54:36 PM
Wow, the background colors really sets this off.
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08/26/2007 08:49:10 PM
Very nice stop-action shot.
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08/26/2007 04:31:27 AM
STUNNING! My only nit-pick is that the flash seems a tiny bit harsh. Wonderful clarity and bokeh!
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08/25/2007 04:50:03 PM
cool shot!! I really like the background with this picture. Good job
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08/25/2007 10:28:28 AM
Great catch! Looks almost like it is falling.
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08/24/2007 01:50:08 PM
A superb capture and an unusual posture from the hummingbird. The background is nicely colourful but seems out of place in comparison with the bird. It's obvious you've used a flash here (I can't imagine you had much choice!) but I wonder whether under advanced editing you could have softened the rather harsh whiteness?
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08/24/2007 07:18:39 AM
Oh wow! Awesome colours and very well timed! Maybe just remove the shadow of the beak on his wing so that the flash lighting is not so obvious. This photo has a wonderful tropical island feel!
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08/24/2007 07:04:27 AM
10, neat to see a shot of one of these with the wings visible!
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08/23/2007 10:19:38 PM
Amazing stop action to have caught the wings in focus. Also beautiful photo. Love the background and the little sheen on the back of the hummingbird. 10
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08/21/2007 11:32:35 PM
Unbelievable! Amazing, 10.
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08/21/2007 07:02:55 PM
Nice background and beautiful capture.
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08/21/2007 01:06:18 PM
Good shot! Nice composition -
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08/21/2007 12:23:06 PM
Fabulous shot. The twisted pose sets it apart from most hummingbird photos. Great sharpness and depth of field.
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08/20/2007 11:56:03 PM
Absolutely amazing.
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08/20/2007 09:15:13 PM
Outstanding shot! ...beautiful wings, DOF, stop action, color!
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08/20/2007 04:46:05 PM
Out Right AMAZING!! (9) for you love it great shot.... probly one of the best Humming bird shots ive seen...
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08/20/2007 04:31:42 PM
Amazing aren't they. nice shot. psart 7
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08/20/2007 11:07:59 AM
Great stop action shot! How far away were you? Awesome detail & the bokeh colors are great!
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08/20/2007 05:42:04 AM
Nice capture.
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08/20/2007 03:06:31 AM
Looks musical
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08/20/2007 12:36:11 AM
As someone who shoots a lot of hummingbirds myself, I always appreciate a "good" HB image. And this one is superb. Very well done.
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08/20/2007 12:33:03 AM
Incredible bokeh - like a fiesta. Perfect focus. WOW
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08/20/2007 12:27:52 AM
this will be a contender for sure...good luck 9
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