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Copyright: Tabatha Osborne (fototab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-13 6:57
Viewed: 4262
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It's been along time, so hello everyone. I have been working on Hummingbirds since I am in Arizona. King state for the fast flying little creaters. But I am having trouble getting the ID of this one. It sorta looks like a Rufous but it has so much green on it's back, so I wasn't sure. I was hoping someone out there could help me out.

Anyway I shot this using a multi flash set up with a spray painted post board background.

Comments most welcome and here is to wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.


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Hi, Tabatha
Looks like an immature male Rufous to me - just partially moulted from juvenile to adult plumage. Very nicely set up image, but maybe a little too much space behind the bird and missing a "target?" However, this is nit picking - it's a beautiful photograph.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-13 7:18]

Hello Tabatha,
If this isn't a Rufous Hummingbird, the only thing I can think about is an Allen's hummingbird female, with more green on the back.
Beautiful photo in good colours and sharpness, but I prefer a natural BG. Maybe you can crop a piece of the right side to get a better composition. It's too much centered now.

A wonderful capture Tabatha. These beautiful, active, little birds require a lot of patience to capture their image. You have done so very well and your presentation... detail, composition, DOF, POV, and lighting are all well done. :)

Welcome back!


HI Tabatha,
Superb capture of this subject.(Humming Bird).
perfect position.natural colours. and sharpness. one cam imagin of aeroplane. folded legs like wheels of aircraft.the sight the beak pointed towards the aim.the steady body and the tail. great capture. bravo!!!. thanks for sharing

Increible fotografia, que bien te quedo, te felicito.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2009-08-13 10:57]

Hi Tabatha
the bg looks very natural
the freezing of the wing action is amazing
the centered position may be the best choice as there is only the bird on the picture, but maybe a square format would then be better

Hi Tabatha

I agree with Nigel, an immature Rufous.
Well captured on a great neutral background. Good sharpness, details and composition.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-16 19:39]

Hello Tabatha,
Super sharp image of this beautiful Hummingbird. The detail is wonderful and the colors are very natural looking. Great photo!!
I was in Phoenix Arizona a few weeks ago visiting my daughter, and had the opportunity to get some really neat hummingbird photos.

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