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Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-02
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baisers volés [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-08-02 16:18
Viewed: 1675
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot this about an hour ago. Hand-held, with a slower shutter than I like for action shots, but the light was fading.

The j-hook that holds our hummingbird feeder has two hooks, this is the other side, with a hanging flower basket.

There's been a discussion on TL of using a tripod vs. hand-held for hummingbird shots. This is why I prefer hand-held and auto-focus. At first I was aimed at the feeder and had to quickly reposition, otherwise I wouldn't have got this.

I tried an ISO of 3200 and have to admit the noise isn't that bad. No NR done on this.

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Bonjour Werner,

Excellent comme toujours! vous avez eu une belle dextérité quant à la maitrise de cette capture difficile à réaliser, le bruit n'est pas dérangeant.
Un merveilleux travail d'approche.
Les couleurs ont une superbe tonalité naturelle.
Mes compliments. Belle fin de journée.
Amitiés sincères.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2011-08-02 16:39]

Hi Werner,
Another stunning shot of the Humming Bird, beautifully positioned to give a superb composition, faultless DoF and clarity considering such a high ISO. Best wishes

Hello Werner,

incredible catch! Impressive steadiness for this sharp image with great DOF. I like the diagonal composition and contrasting colours against the grey background.

- Jan

Great Werner...great and so beautiful !!!!

Hi Werner,
Wanderful caught of view and sharp picture.
Beautiful colors and light,
Great shot ..

Totally spectacular Werner,
What a shot this is. I'm not even going to bother talking about technicalities.....Love this shot.

But no matter the quality of the equiment. You deserve all credit for this stunning shot. It show skill and talent.

Love the moment you have caught in here, dear Werner!

Great focus on the hummingbird against such a wonderful smooth BG.
The sharpness and POV are excellent, and the colorful flowers add another piece of beauty into the work.

Great work as usual!

Thanks and regards,

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-08-02 22:31]

Hi Werner...
Beautiful shot with so great timing...

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-08-02 22:36]

Hi Werner,
A superb action shot with perfect timing to capture this lovely hummingbird in flight while visiting this flower.
I like the adequate shutter speed to produce this action shot.
Good colors and a nice white BG to let us admire the action in perfect attention.
Good job despite ISO 3200, noise is there but not so destructing.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Werner,

Excellent shot,nice positioning in the frame and good backdrop.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-08-03 9:19]

Hi Werner, congratulation for this spectaculare shot of this hummingbird. Perfect timing.Wonderfully composed. An eyecatcher indeed. Regards Rose

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-08-03 9:34]
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Man do I have a lot of catching up to do:-)

Great shot Werner,I must have a setting wrong in my D7000 I got a little noise & my ISO was not near as high as yours?
I also found your suggestion not to use a tripod helped me in my shots,as these guys move from one location to another,so quickly & in no particular pattern,so that focusing on them would be a little more difficult ,than hand held.

Boa noite Werner
Very elegant and delicate...Something from Oriental mood. Super!
Um abraço

Hi Werner..excellent shot...great focus...excellent shutter speed. Nice work.


Double WOW! Superb!

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