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Rufous Hummingbird (male)

Rufous Hummingbird (male)
Photo Information
Copyright: Wally Rufous (rufous03) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 14 N: 212] (1366)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-03 14:54
Viewed: 3553
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Rufous Hummingbirds arrive before the females and set up their territory. Nests are made from spider web and lichen and can be located close to the ground or higher in a bush or tree. Extremely bold and seem to have little fear of anything. Also quite vocal at times.

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Hello Wally,
This is a perfect shot of a humming bird in flight. You have done very well with the details on the bird even though its an inflight shot. Excellent background bringing out the subject. Great exposure and colors.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-06-03 18:44]
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Hi Wally

I had a bit of an ordeal at the dentist today so forgive me if I might be a bit abrupt.

I am a bit surprised at the degree of detail you managed to capture in those little beating wings at 1/250 second shutter speed. Great stuff. I am always amazed at these "frozen" hummingbird shots. Although one might think that because the bird hovers in mid air it might make the shot easier it is by far not the case. These little birds bob and weave in the air, shooting forward, moving backward, etc. never really "still" for a moment long enough to give one that much time to plan or go about casually. This needs quick reactions and thinking, a good deal of patience and staying power, and probably a degree of providential "luck".

Well done and TFS.

Hello Wally,
Great capture, superb sharpness and depth of field,
beautiful colors, very good clarity, excellent
contrast against the soft grey background, very nice
wing movement, fantastic shot!

Beautiful capture, especially in flight. DOF is perfect and I love the POV. The details are exquisite - I never realized they had white feathers at the base of their necks. Lovely capture that caught my attention instantly. Well done.

Joli réflexe. Bravo.
Bonne journée.

Hi Wally,

Nice picture.Excellent capture with beatiful colours.

Hi Wally

Great shot, perfect exposure.
Brilliant sharpness
Great work


Hello Wally,
Very beautiful photo of this 'frozen' Hummingbird in 1/250 sec.! Very sharp with great details. Excellent contrasting and natural colours. Great POV and composition.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-06-04 10:54]

Hi Wally
exellent image
Excellent background bringing out the subject. Great exposure and colors.

Cute fellow, Wally.
Nicely done OOF BG.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-05 8:02]

I didn't know this hummingbird but I knew you have more species in the west than here in the east. What a beautiful shot Wally, you really caught it perfectly, in motion, with a beautiful background and fantastic colours. Thank you!


P/S pts tomorrow!

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