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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-59 points Chapter 7 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 10:15
Viewed: 3773
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another picture of my little hummingbird friend who came to visit me in my backyard last summer. Here he is trying to check on the accuracy of his aim, after he did that to me.

Anna's Hummingbird
Calypte anna

Underside View

Anna's Hummingbirds are iridescent bronzy green above and grayish white below, with a varying amount of green wash at the flanks. Males have a deep rose-red crown and gorget that extends to the sides of the neck. Females may have some red feathers at the throat, but none on the crown. Wings and tail are dark, with the female's tail feathers tipped with white.

Cool fact:
Originally found only on the Pacific slope from Baja California to San Francisco, Anna's Hummingbird has increased its population and expanded its breeding range in recent years to Vancouver, British Colombia, east to southern Arizona. This expansion has been abetted by the introduction of exotic flowering plants, especially Eucalyptus, red-hot-poker (Tritoma) and tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca), and by the proliferation of hummingbird feeders.


Silke, dew77, fartash, pilonm, XOTAELE, Jamesp, horia, Argus, lgfoto, Adanac, scottevers7, greenpinkorange, Debz, loot has marked this note useful
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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-03-15 10:43]

Hi Manyee,
Very nice shot of this hummingbird, I think that you were lucky, because I have never seen that they sit on a branch.
Great job.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-15 10:45]

A very sweet capture and a rare one: one does not often see these little one sitting still like this!
Superb details and composition

Cool little one :)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-15 11:02]

Hello Manyee,
Excellent capture.POV,vivid colors,sharpness,exposure,pose of bird,BG and composition are wonderful.

Hello ManYee,
Great closeup.
Nice metallic greens and well composed with good details.
I like the blue BG, pose, and POV as well :)
I did a quick WS, just to see how the bird would look without the OOF branches FG left corner..
Well done & TFS.

like a tired man...


Very pretty shot Manyee.
Excellent composition,correct shutter speed. Well done.tfs. Stev

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-15 12:05]

Hi manyee,

A nice capture of this bird,nice colors and good sharpness and details,I like the 2nd in the series as well,TFS


I like the workshop one more for obvious reasons.
Well done

Hello Manyee
What a great shot of this Hummingbird,
Perfect focusing and lighting,


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-03-15 12:37]

Hello Manyee,

Very well done picture of this nice hummingbird! Excellent composition and exposition! You had an excellent pov in order to see it like that! Personnally I will have removed the branch in the left with PS and I find also that there are lots of noise in the bg (easily removable by a noise remover program).

Good pic and TFS,


Nice closeup of this hummer. You captured the iridescence and details very well. Image has some artifact in the lower left, not too sure what it is? Still a great closeup of these small and delicate birds. :)

Perfectos detalles y magnífico fondo.
Bellos colores y buena nota informativa.
Salud, JL.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-15 13:39]

Hi Manyee

Lovely shot - great DOF, good colours. pose etc.


Neat shot Manyee. Remember to always stay away from the backside of birds....it does nothing for your lens should it get hit! Background seems a bit noisy. If you have PS CS2 you may want to try the Shadow/Highlight tool.

bonjour manyee
bravo pour cette tres belle photo,jolies couleurs et reflets,excellent netteté.
le WS de howard a apporté un plus.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-15 15:38]

Hi Manyee

This is a spendid shot of this beautiful hummingbird.
I really like the pose you captured it in here and the clear awareness one can read on its face. The composition you managed is outstanding and i personally like the inclusion of the out-of-focus branches on the left - they somehow give a natural evnironment feeling (i think that without them it looks a bit like a studio shot).
Anyway, beside the composition, the charming and wonderfully saturated colors are another strong point, as well as the very good sharpness of the details.
The catch-light in its eye is lovely, too and the note and the reference to the other post with it is great and very funny :))
The only nit i find to this post is the very slight grain or noise in the BG (most likely due to the sharpen) but it's really no big deal.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-15 16:28]

Hello Manyee,
Superb capture of an Anna's Hummingbird: nice pose, well composed, sharp and with excellent lighting.
You're lucky to have these wonderful birds near you.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-03-15 16:37]

Very nice shot Manyee. Very sharp and well composed.TFS

Hi Manyee,

Hum dinger :-). Good capture here, wish those nagging shadows were not in the bottom left were not there.

Good work,

TFS, regards, Kiran

very good photo

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-15 21:09]

Hi Manyee,
Excellent details, colors and composition in this beautiful capture, thanks for sharing.

Hi Manyee,
An excellent shot on this Anna's Hummingbird. Beautiful colors and sharp detail in that amazing plumage. Well composed and framed. A very high cutness factor here.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-15 22:49]

Hello Manyee

A hummer has to have a hobby,target shooting is this one's hobby.A wonderful close up with excellent sharp details.Lovely eye contact with good catchlight.The DOF is very good,and the hummer really stands out well against the beautiful blue sky.TFS


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-16 5:53]

Hi Manyee, a lovely shot with fab irredecent colours and light reflections on the Hummingbirds's feathers. Wonderful colours POV and sharpness.

Hi Manyee,

Gorgeous bird well photographed. I love the iridescent colours and amazing streamlined shape of this specimen. You give us a nice background, however, the foreground branch on the left is a bit distracting.
Nice work getting this guy before he whizzed off!


Dear Manyee, It is beautiful. Amazing details of feathers etc.
with best regards.vab.
V Amar Bhaskar

I have never seen such a bird before. It looks sad or dejected. :(
anyway, focus and sharpness are great. The green seems to shine.
A little noisy?

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-28 3:01]
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Hi ManYee

Seems to me you do not learn from your mistakes. Once again you were standing at the wrong side of this pooper friend of yours, right in the line-of-fire. Thinking about it, you are well known to grovel in the dirt for the cause of photography so, maybe you calculated your risks and concluded that the possible fringe fire might be an acceptable risk (chuckle). Anyway, the way I see it is that this guy was giving you a good look over the shoulder in order to adjust his aim for the bulls-eye hit (or was it the ManYee-eye in this case).

The ever present and lovely "Californian-blue-sky" as BG adds to the visual stimulus of the shot. The composition is pleasing with the branch coming in from the right side bottom corner to "deliver" the lovely hummingbird into the shot. The colours are great showing the stunning luminosity of the plumage on the birds back and the details are well defined. With the shutter speed at 1/1600 it is clear that you had to contain a very bright sun light and it is obvious that you succeeded very well in doing so.

Well done and TFS.

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