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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-31 12:59
Viewed: 4466
Points: 13
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Archilochus colubris

I was out on the verandah this morning having a cup of coffee and noticed this tiny little hummingbird. I ran into the house to get my Fuji camera and took a couple of photo's and then there was no more room for photos....ran in and got my Olympus, took a few more photos...no more room....ran upstairs and got my video camera and manage to take a few minutes of this little hummingbird having her breakfast.

This was the best shot from my Fuji FinePix 3800. It's so much harder trying to capture a moving hummingbird than flowers. I really admire all of our Trek Nature friends who can do a much better job than I. The lighting was a bit harsh since I took this shot into the sun.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-31 13:18]

Ah, this is a good effort Janice. These creatures are not easy to capture. The picture suffers a little from overexposure though and because of motionblur. I think you could have solved both problems by using a faster shutterspeed. What speed did you use?


Hello Janice,
Seem to be a bright sunny day. This bird is so happy, came out early for sweet nectar. As the picture is a bit harsh on light, amateur like me would reason that faster shutterspeed could be used. Anyway this is a well seen and adorable picture.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-03 12:48]

Hi Janice,
Well seen and captured. Not an easy shot with the branches in the way and the strong light. I won't repeat what has already been said but I would say the detail is pretty good and the colours are excellent. Nicely framed against a dark background accentuates the colours. I admire people who can capture these birds on film too. A good shot.

Hi Janice,
I agree that there is some OE to this, but having tried these I know how very difficult this is. The hummers have not come back here much this year. I have not even attempted a shot on one yet. Keeping trying. It took me quite a few to finally get a decent one.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-06 13:30]

Hi Janice

Good capture of this hummer,They certainly are quicker than my reaction time.I agree there is some OE but the photo is nicely composed and has a good action to it.Looks like he is keeping his eye on you while sipping the nectar. TFS


salut Janice
J'aime bien la composition avec cet oiseau dans ce bouquet de fleurs.les couleurs sont très jolies mais la photo est surexposée.C'est vrai qu'il n,est pas facile a prendre cet oiseau la
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-08-06 18:05]

Not bad. A hummingbird in the wild! I think the best way to improve the shot is spend a couple thousand on equipment and try this at a zoo for a more controlled environment. But given your technical constraints and shooting in the natural habit I think you did very well.

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