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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/6.3
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lantana Flowers and their visitors [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-29 20:56
Viewed: 5189
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I’ve bought a macro lens recently. Since so, I’ve been looking for some butterflies to shoot. Even though, the ones who are coming really close are the hummingbirds. This is one of them.

I have no idea about the identification.

The shot was taken in a college where I teach. Canon 580 EX was the flash I used. 1/3200 was the speed – aperture priority.

The flower the bird is feeding on is a lantana, which is very common around here. In fact, I guess it’s very common all around.

The ones who have already tried to get hummingbirds shots know the job is not an easy one sometimes. They fly around too quickly, and we never know where they are going to land. Anyway, when we nail something, the efforts pay off.

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Nicely done, I might crop a bit tighter to remove the out of focus flowers at the bottom

Hi Livio,
WOW! that is an awesome shot. Perfect exposure has rendered beautiful colors and very sharp detail. I really like the POV you got here. Great camera work my friend. This looks great!

Hi Livio

Wow.... stunning shot. Awesome timing to get this. Lovely to view. Thank you!

Hi Livio,
vey well timed shot,
lovely to see this hummer gathering necter :)
great compo. and framing,
Vishal Sabharwal

Alo Livio,
Superb shot at high shutter speed. Very impressive. Great DoF. Great sharpness and very neat image.

Ben Lakitan

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-10-30 0:13]

Hello Livio,
So good to see you again. : )
A great capture you have here... a beautiful composition.
I really like the pose of the wings frozen on the upward beat.
You nailed the details and the nice sheen on the colors.
I am not sure, but this one looks like the hummingbirds that I catch here: Anna's Hummingbird. I don't know if they live down your way too.
TFS. : )

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-30 3:13]

Hi Livio, it's a plesure to see you come back! Nice shot with aperfect timing and a beautiful framing. This bird is a pure beauty!! Well done, Didier.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-10-30 3:58]

Hi Livio,

Great macroshot,

Well captured with good sharpness and colors and I can suppopse you are right when you say that these birds are hard to capture,but you did a great job,



Ottima foto, Livio!
Stupenfi i colori ed i dettagli!

Ciao e grazie.

wow, what a lovely moment you have captured with your new macro lens. the composition is good. the pov is excellent. nice dof. the colours look well saturated.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-30 6:01]

Hi Livio

What an amazing capture! And what an impressive POV! It really makes al the diference :)
The lighting is also great, making all those lovely and beautiful colors shine!
Excellent sharpness, very well managed exposure and very nice framing.
Great wotk one again!
Hope to see more picture taken with this nice new toy of yours :)
Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-30 6:16]

Great sharpness you has captured here dear friend with perfect POV and backdrop.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, background.

I like it: framing (I like the shal workshop), notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Very nice capture in flight with exact freezing.
Best regards... Ricardo

Hello Livio,

excellent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, excellent composed and captured photo, Nice work, TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-30 10:32]

Hello Livio,
Wonderful action capture.POV,colors,moment you caught,details,framing,BG and composition are excellent.

bonjour livios
tout simplement exellent,la netteté sur le colibri est impeccable.les couleurs tres belles sur l'ensemble.

Hi Livio...
Good picture.
Great colours.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-10-30 12:22]

Wow!! This is (imo) one of your best shots so far Livios. Very cool to catch such a lovely hummingbird. Details are sharp, composition is nice and the colors are great. Good POV too. Well done & TFs!


Beautiful capture, still working on mine, though as cold and windy as it is getting think it will be next year! :( Love how you froze the moment, nice camera work.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-10-30 19:36]


Superbe prise Livio,les couleurs,la netteté et la pose de l'oiseau sont extras.


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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-10-30 20:50]

¡Magnìfica captura Livio! Es una toma sensacional, con un buen encuadre y muy bellos colores y nitidez de imàgen. ¡Congratulaciones amigo!

Hi Livio,
What a stunning image. You've captured such a beautiful moment and you captured it perfectly. Frozen in mid air. Great details and beautiful colors. The light really brings out the beauty in the bird. Personally I would crop the bottom of the photo, since it is really bright.

:) tomorrow

Hi Livio!
You have frozen the fluttering wings of a hummingbird into a single, sharp image with that shutter speed. The sky as BG was perhaps the best option under the circumstances, so this shot has turned out to be the finest ever so far as shooting a hummingbird in action is concerned. The is not even the slightest hint of noise anywhere within the frame.
Great work!

Salut Livio
C'est encore une excellente prise de vue que cet oiseau mouche en plein vol,C'est fantastique de voir les détails surtout les ailes avec la vitesse qu'elles battent. En plus nous avons cette belle fleur.
Bravo et merci....JP

Oi Livio,

Esta é sem dúvida uma das melhores fotos de beija-flor voando que já tive a oportunidade de ver, o congelamento do movimento das asas está fantástico, assim como o preenchimento de luz conseguido com o flash em altíssima velocidade de sincronismo.

Marcio Negrão

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-31 17:20]

Hi Livio,
A wonderful capture! Perfect pose, pov, details and composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-10-31 21:08]

Livio, what an excellent shot of the hummingbird, and I can imagine how hard they are to shoot. This is great, his head and beak show very good clarity. And the lantana flowers and sky pretty up the scene too. Well captured, TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-01 13:50]

Hello Livio,
this is lovely. Great pose of the hummingbird and wonderful sharp details. What a wonderful composition, the POV is amazing.
Vishal did an excellent workshop.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-11-01 20:15]

3200... ufa! Só assim para "pegar" as asas deste lindo pássaro.
Um bom momento, perfeito. Gosto do resultado da 20D na mão de quem é BOM!

All excellent. Brilliant colors (even the sky).
Nice pose of the bird.

Maravilhoso, Livio.
Belíssimo momento!

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