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Challenge: Free Study 2008-01 (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse"))
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: backyard
Date: Jan 25, 2008
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/180
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2008

Sorry for the second hummingbird in a week's time. I didn't have anything else, and thought she deserved a look. A female Anna's hummingbird. Probably the same one in the Birds II challenge.

The setup and lighting is a slight refinement to what I described here.

Post processing:
* convert from raw
* crop
* neat image
* clone the extra catchlights in the eye
* blur the background slightly
* multiply layer to darken background
* screen layer to lighten bird
* hue/sat to increase saturation on bird
* hue/sat to increase overall saturation
* USM to increase local contrast
* resize, sharpen, save for web

Place: 6 out of 428
Avg (all users): 6.9155
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.8842
Avg (non-participants): 6.9787
Views since voting: 4816
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 142
Comments: 18
Favorites: 7 (view)

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03/22/2013 10:17:19 PM
Gorgeous! The details on the feathers make her look so soft and beautiful.
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06/01/2008 05:29:55 PM
What can be said about this shot? In my opinion this is as high a quality as the “Planet Earth “ series was striving for..
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02/10/2008 07:09:38 PM
It's amazing that you can capture a humming bird without the wings being a complete blur.
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02/08/2008 04:25:23 PM
All your hummingbird pictures are excellent Ann. They really deserves the high scores you got with them.

Well done.
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02/08/2008 02:00:54 PM
Another excellent hummingbird shot by Ann!!Congrats!!
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02/08/2008 04:29:10 AM
Ann, This is beautiful! Got a 10 from me. Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2008 10:59:56 PM
Very nice! I can see some noise on the wing, but heck, I feel awkward even mentioning it, because of what it takes to stop one of these in motion this way.
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02/04/2008 04:15:35 PM
Talk about "Stopped Motion"; I don't see ANY blur in the birds wings! Very impressive. Way to have the background be OOF but not blownout. -BB
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02/02/2008 01:00:51 AM
Okay - WOW!! Nicely done!
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02/01/2008 11:50:42 PM
This has got to be the best hummingbird capture I've seen yet focus and detail are perfect 10
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02/01/2008 06:26:28 PM
Very nice...must have had a high shutter speed to capture the wings so clear...at least 1/1000 I would guess. Interested in your set up, as I have been working on capturing these little guys this past summer. Having a tough time getting enough light to keep the shutter speed up.
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02/01/2008 01:34:34 PM
Wow... that must have been hard to capture.
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02/01/2008 09:14:23 AM
Very nice angle on this shot with a very good depth of focus. The backround is a little bland but it helps to keep the attention on the hummingbird. The focus is actually on the back third of the bird but I realize how difficult it is to get these shots unless you prefocus and take your chances! The stop action on the wings is excellent. The red in the throat is a little oversaturated but again I understand the difficulty here especially using a flash. Overall, a very good picture. 8
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02/01/2008 09:01:49 AM
Very cool!
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02/01/2008 08:14:19 AM
Excellent capture.
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02/01/2008 04:36:58 AM
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02/01/2008 01:54:23 AM
excellent shot 8
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02/01/2008 12:04:25 AM
extremely excellent.
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