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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Pair

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Pair
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-08-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7000, Nikon AFS 300mm F4+1.4TC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-01 14:35
Viewed: 1422
Points: 6
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Male and female ruby-throated hummingbirds. Seeing them together you can make out the rounded tail feathers of the female with a touch of white just visible despite being out of the focal plane, and the male with red patches on its head.

(Despite the 1/500 sec exposure, I am wondering if the red is not actually the throat area and he turned his head so fast I actually captured both throat and head in an unintended sort of double-exposure). ISO 5000.

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To mamcg: What is a LAB shot?Alan_Kolnik 1 09-02 02:50
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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-01 19:00]

Hello Alan,
It took me a minute or two to finally figure out what you were talking about. I then saw the bird from the perspective you were looking at it. I could definitely understand why you thought you had captured a double exposure, but this is not the case.
Yes, the red you see is the throat of the bird. The bird actually has it's head bent straight backward over it's head. In other words, picture yourself sitting in a chair with your head bent straight back as far as it will go, this is the posture that the hummingbird is in.
The way you are looking at the bird is from the perspective that it just has it's head turned to the right looking up over it's shoulder. The eye you see is actually the birds left eye, not his right eye.
No, it is not a double exposure the 1/500 captured the bird just as it is. Hopefully I haven't completely confused you by now:)

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2014-09-01 22:03]
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it need to think, is this a LAB shot ?

Hello Alan-Quite well captured this fast moving Birds.The left one's details and colour are well visible when flying one showing its fast movement.Well managed BG.Regards and thanks for your experimental shot-Srikumar

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