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L'oiseau Vert
L'oiseau Vert

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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Cloudcroft, NM
Date: Jul 27, 2005
Aperture: f 4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2006

Taken in Cloudcroft, NM. There were six or seven feeders hanging outside of a restaurant and a whole lot of hummingbirds buzzing around. It was very foggy that day and it was hard to catch one without any motion blur. "L'oiseau vert" is French for "the green bird." Spanish would seem to be more appropriate but I can't speak a word of it.

curves, hue/saturation (to bring out yellows in underbelly), brightness/contrast, USM, crop

Place: 240 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.0360
Avg (commenters): 7.0769
Avg (participants): 5.9214
Avg (non-participants): 6.6000
Views since voting: 1147
Views during voting: 577
Votes: 444
Comments: 15
Favorites: 3 (view)

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09/07/2006 12:02:10 AM
This is gorgeous! Went right into my faves...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2006 10:56:44 PM
Good use of DoF here, and you captured so much detail. Nice shot.
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01/26/2006 07:47:39 AM
Great macro, of this fine looking bird.....
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01/26/2006 05:28:09 AM
It's quite a close crop almost cramping your subject.
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01/24/2006 08:22:08 PM
Beautiful. Even the feeder cannot take away from this one!
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01/24/2006 03:10:33 PM
Beautiful colour and clarity
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01/23/2006 01:31:21 PM
Beautiful birdie. I wish I wasn't so distracted by that red of the feeder.
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01/21/2006 01:15:01 PM
Excellent detail in the feathers, great colour too. Nice capture.
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01/20/2006 05:56:33 PM
great macro shot...8
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01/20/2006 05:22:26 PM
Very well done.
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01/19/2006 05:50:04 PM
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01/18/2006 01:42:00 AM
10 from me...good luck!
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01/17/2006 10:09:02 AM
What a fabulous close-up of this hummingbird! Love how you can see all the wonderful details of it's plummage - and those shimmering greens are lovely to look upon. I know that it is difficult to capture these birds stationary but I am going to offer my suggestion anyhow. The stark white 'background' does nothing to complement this composition of the hummingbird. I do like that splash of red on the bird feeder for that adds a splash of color. The only thing that I can think of that you might have been able to do to eliminate the 'background' at the time of the shot is to have taken it at a slight angle (45 degrees to the subject) looking up such that the blue sky would then become the background. Then the blue sky would be a nicer complementary color to those wonderful greens pictured here....of course it would also depend on if there was a nice blue sky to be found on the day of this shot.
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01/16/2006 04:19:10 PM
Wonderul Colors! Great Focal Range.
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01/16/2006 02:48:23 PM
Very nice but cropped way too tight.
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