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Challenge: Free Study 2010-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-30
Lens: Olympus 70-300mm F/4.0-5.6
Date: May 25, 2010
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Birds
Date Uploaded: May 25, 2010

Pinch me. I must be dreaming. With so many terrific entries, I was just hoping to see page one, maybe an HM if REALLY fortunate.

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments.

Perhaps I should shoot all of my entries out of the kitchen window!

With DPL playoffs starting, I guess it's a good time to be "hot."

About the photo: Did not set out to capture this, but did so why trying for more photos for the "Peanut" challenge. This was shot during intense morning sun. Bird was hovering around a bright red feeder, adding somewhat to the color cast on the underside of his body (which I decided not to eliminate). I also had the benefit of the feeder being close to the house. The sun shining off the siding provided a great reflector to nicely illuminate the front of this little fellow. Normally I would shoot this at very high shutter, but had it much lower for shooting chipmunks further away on my deck. As a result, I got the angelic-looking motion effect on the wings, which I perceive as a huge bonus. I'm sure learning a lot about photography by accident!

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Place: 1 out of 380
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Views during voting: 278
Votes: 143
Comments: 40
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06/09/2010 09:15:56 AM
Totally BRILLIANT!! Deserving and Huge congrats..
They are not easy........
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06/09/2010 01:09:02 AM
Wow Stan, two in a row, congratulations on a well deserved blue. Special merit being a Free Study. KUDOS!!!!
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06/08/2010 10:44:43 PM
SWEET! Great Capture!

Well, it is nice to know that someone wearing my name can get a BLUE, even if I can't!

Doubly SWEET! :)
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06/08/2010 09:03:00 PM
Nice work, Stan. Plus I enjoyed reading your comments! Congrats on the big blue ribbon.
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06/08/2010 05:47:24 PM
Two blue ribbons in a row....WOW, congrats to you!!!
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06/08/2010 04:33:09 PM
Beautiful capture
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06/08/2010 02:39:51 PM
Ohmyheavens! Do you know how hard it is not to hate you for this shot :) JUUUUUUST kidding! MEGA MEGA MEGA Congratulations!
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06/08/2010 12:51:50 PM
Wow! Congratulations on the blue
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06/08/2010 10:30:33 AM
Congrats, Stan! WONDERFUL shot!
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06/08/2010 10:29:05 AM
WTG Stan. Quick calculations show that you only got 2 of the 4 blues on the front page, which is pretty close to 50%, so you may want to try a little harder next time.
8-)

Congrats.
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06/08/2010 09:49:01 AM
Stunning capture, Stan. The wing motion is definitely an added bonus. Many congratulations on the blue. Excellent work.
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06/08/2010 09:03:42 AM
congrats on the ribbon, really great capture!
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06/08/2010 09:00:22 AM
Stan you are on a roll, great capture....Congratulations!
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06/08/2010 08:14:30 AM
fantastic capture... i love the wings motion in this case, congrats for your blue!
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06/08/2010 08:09:19 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon. My Favorite.
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06/08/2010 08:07:43 AM
Beautiful capture of this little hummer. Congrats on your Blue Ribbon Stan. :)
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06/08/2010 07:06:46 AM
Fantastic image Stan. Superb colours and what a pose. Congrats. :)
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06/08/2010 07:04:16 AM
Truly lovely shot! Congrats on a blue in free study -- how awesome is that!!
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06/08/2010 06:09:42 AM
Beautiful, Stan! Congrats on great shot and a ribbon! I hope this streak keeps on going through the play-offs!!!
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06/08/2010 02:52:34 AM
Congratulations. Lovely shot.
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06/08/2010 02:07:39 AM
Fantastic picture. Congratulations.
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06/08/2010 02:06:59 AM
wow 2 blues back to back. hearty congrats
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06/08/2010 01:14:14 AM
Congrats on the Blue !!! Fantastic capture.
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06/08/2010 12:45:04 AM
Thoroughly deserved ribbon. Congratulations on being able to get such a fantastic shot.
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06/08/2010 12:38:54 AM
Thanks for showing me what can be done with this lens. This is awesome! Congrats on the blue!
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06/08/2010 12:31:52 AM
I think this is the best hummingbird shot I've ever seen -- and I've seen a lot. But hey, two blue ribbons in a row? You've got to be stopped. ;) Congratulations.
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06/08/2010 12:08:28 AM
Lovely. Congratulations on a fine image and a fine finish.
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06/08/2010 12:04:16 AM
Fantastic!!! Excellent blue ribbon! Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2010 05:56:27 PM
WOW! Just stunning. Great capture! I love these little guys and know how difficult they are to shoot. Well done.
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06/07/2010 01:17:33 PM
Glorious. 9
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06/07/2010 02:26:24 AM
Lovely!
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06/04/2010 06:51:48 AM
fantastic capture
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06/03/2010 06:40:54 AM
Couldn't you stop the wing movement better? HaHaHa. Just kidding. This is great. Better than the common hummer shot...the pose, the highlights on the head and back, the background all combine beautifully. Good stuff.
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06/02/2010 03:54:48 PM
Stunning
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06/01/2010 10:16:08 PM
WOAH!!!!! I think this is a wonderful shot. The vivid red of the border is a distraction for me. I'd desaturate it about 40% or not have it at all. That bird's colors are just gorgeous. :) 8
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06/01/2010 05:02:52 PM
One of the best I've seen.
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06/01/2010 04:11:21 PM
perfect catch!!!
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06/01/2010 08:20:00 AM
Are you kidding me right now???? The is one of the most beautiful, and well executed photo of a hummingbird that I've ever seen before..... Love it!!! 10
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06/01/2010 07:12:41 AM
Love the bokeh.... great color contrast... wonderful capture... marking fav
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06/01/2010 04:32:08 AM
one of those trophies photographers look for, you really got a nice capture here!
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