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Food Of The Gods

Food Of The Gods
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, Canon EF100-400 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-06 7:57
Viewed: 8865
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The very first photo I posted on TrekNature was of this little jewel, so I thought I would post another shot. It is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the only species we see in the eastern part of the US. It is either a juvie male or a female, but I am going to put my money on juvie male because of the dark feather spotting on it's throat.

The hummingbirds have long since parted for South of the Border and I truly miss them already. I would stand for hours in the garden of the Audubon sanctuary and watch these tiny creatures fly fearlessly around me to sip the nectar or "Food of the Gods" as I like to call it. Once the Cardinal Flower was exhauted and no longer in bloom the zinnias were the next best thing.

Now that the brisk north wind is sweeping the landscape in New England I shall look at images of my summer jewel and dream of the day they will return to " Food For the Gods".

Callie, marhowie, Luc, PDP, urban, mogens-j, gerhardt, ellis49, willie, LordPotty, red45, RAP, TAZ, Alan_Kolnik, hummingbird24, Shaver, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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To hvr_oosterzele: Stupid question...gerhardt 5 11-07 13:55
To japie: Shakingkooreman 1 11-07 04:09
To hvr_oosterzele: ClutterLesley 1 11-06 10:49
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The little beauty shines like a jewel. It's a pity the BG has a bit too much "clutter" as CJ would call it.

Hi Lesley
Ambrosia i think it is called. I love hummers too, but sadly, we have none in Africa. Splendis picture and lovely irridescence.

Superb photo quality with excellent details Lesley! If your not marketing these photo's yet you should be!! Most excellent work here!!! A great, great post!!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-06 10:14]

A masterpiece, Lesley. Really. It is true that I am a Ruby-throated Hummingbird's fan.
And perhaps I do not have an objective glance, but this photograph is unique and unless I am mistaken it does not have its similar on TN. TFS.

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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-11-06 10:23]

alors la.... chapeau bas!!! une belle réussite tant sur le plan technique que artistique! bravo

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-06 13:01]

Excellent capture Lesley, it's perfect with the exception of that seedstalk in the foreground, apart from that..wow.

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  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2004-11-06 18:28]

A great picture Lesley. I have always liked hummingbirds. I have never seen any though. So it is nice to see pictures of them at least.

Absolutely fantastic capture Lesley. Wonderful clarity on the back and the wings are so beautiful thanks to a very clever choise of shutter speed. Colours and dof are spot on as well as the cropping/composition. This is a real second to non capture - congratulations.

I can not believe what I see! The details on this jewel is FANTASTIC, tack sharp. The irridescence of the feathers captured to perfection. I mourn the appearance of the seedstalk along with Paul. As I have said before... consistently excellent photo's. Keep 'em comming, always a pleasure to look at your work.

Handheld? and focal lenght? I am just curious.

Very good Lesley.
Nice colours, good sharpness and composition.
Good note.
Great job.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-07 1:41]
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This is a beauty and definately on my wish list. If I see this, I will probably be shaking so much that I will make a mess of it.

Thanks for posting

Brilliant. I love this shot. Certainly one of the best shots I've ever seen on TN.
Very good

Lesley, Great shot with the hummingbird's body sharp and the movement of the wings beautifully visible. Even with some detail in the wings. I told callie before that this will be my next lens investment. You only confirm my choice.
Greetings, Jan

impresive !
very good work.

A hummer,not a bummer.The clarity here is amazing.Naughty lobelia!Fantastic shot.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-07 12:36]


Great capture, very good details.
Well done

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-08 7:26]

Gran retrato de un ave maravillosa.
Los detalles en su plumaje son excelente al igual que la nitidez lograda por una adecuada eleccion de los valores de la imagen.
En las flores existe algun tipo de aberracion cromatica que desconozco el motivo... tu lo sabes?

Great portrait of a wonderful bird.
The details in their plumage are excellent like the clearness obtained by a suitable election of the values of the image.
In the flowers exists some type of cromatic aberration that I do not know the reason... Do you know it?

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-11-11 7:03]

Brilliant! The colurs and details are great!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-11-11 11:09]

Waouh ! Que cette photo est belle et d'une grande qualité ! Compliments !
Very well done and wonderfull !!!

This is the type of hummingbird photo I wanted to take this past summer. I recently posted one of my "not so bad ones" but it does not compare to this one, Lesley, even with its "clutter".

Here, sharpeness, colours and details are amazing. The hummingbird and the flower are beautifully composed. This image has a dynamic and a poetic feel.

Fantastic colors, beautiful bird

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-08 17:07]

The shot is a masterpiece. The sharpness, colors, composition and details make a wonderful work. Congratulations

Lovely picture, made better by seeing the bird feeding at a plant rather than a bird feeder, or hovering in mid-air when the feeder is cropped, as in so many hummingbird pictures. Pin-sharp, and peautiful colors.

Grandiose ..... congratulation

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-04-24 2:55]

Bravo Lesley pour cette magnifique photo d'oiseau mouche aspirant le nectar. Trés beau piqué et en même temps impression de la grande vitesse du battement des ailes (D'aprés les physiologites 800 battement par seconde !!)Didier.

Hı Lesley,
Super photo!!!!TFS.Hilmi

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  • Shaver (100)
  • [2006-07-23 6:56]

This rocks.... I love everything about this photo... Nice job TFS

Hello Lesley,
Great capture of the moment.

In one word:

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  • Lyxie (28)
  • [2007-09-21 2:41]

WOAW !! I was about to post a pic with a little butterfly, taken without tripod, of which I was somehow proud, but now that I see yours, I feel very very far from your absolutely astonishing shot! It's beautiful, light is perfect. It seems to have been designed by a poet...

woaw...!lovely picture

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