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Wave to the nice people

Wave to the nice people
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6, 58 mm uv Hoya
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 7:01
Viewed: 2800
Points: 48
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Object Lesson - The Hummingbird by Steven Dickinson

A Short Story I can remember my mother telling me a hummingbird story. She loved to be on the screened-in back porch of our home. From there you could see the back of the yard and the hard work dad put in.

There were flower gardens and two nice size cherry trees. Mom loved to watch the many birds and critters that came to visit. One Day as she was out on the porch, most likely resting from housework (she was a hard worker and good at it too), she was standing by the screen door and saw a hummingbird flying about the flowers.

She said a little prayer asking God if she could see the bird. God answered her small request. The hummingbird flew to the screen door in front of my mother's face. I remember her saying she had never seen anything like this before. Mom had a chance to look at the bird's small body as it fluttered in front of her. She could hear the buzzing of the wings. After a few moments of looking at each other the hummingbird flew off.

A Description
The hummingbird is a tiny bird ranging from the length of an adult's little finger to the width of a regular sheet of paper depending on which of the 300 species it belongs too. The hummingbird can be found in North and South America with only 9 species in North America. Hummingbirds are big eaters.

In the article, The humming bird—God's tiny miracle, Denis Dreves gives the human equivalent in the amount of food this little birds eat. The equivalent is 1300 hamburgers a day with 60 liters of water. The water is mainly used to cool down the hummingbird. Why do hummingbirds need to eat so much? Because they are active birds flying at speeds up to 55 miles per hour (90 km an hour). Their wings beat 50-80 times a second.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-20 7:04]

Hi Angy,
a nice shot of this Hummingbird.
Sharp and in focus.
Well done,

Hi Angelina,
Nice notes but also a nice picture, clear and easy to look at, with good focus,

Hi Angelina.
You are getting good, got them trained to wave now.
Another excellent moment, suspended in mid-air with not a thing around him. Again the perfect DOF really makes him stand out.
Colour and detail good, catch light in the eye.

New Zealand

Hello Angelina,
I waiting tomorrow the return of my mom from Colombia, she went to have a eye operation because have cataracts, I been talk to her over the phone an she enjoy to see again.
You capture a wonderful hummingbird with clear focus, and great BG, nice notes,..TFS my best regards/Lawhill

Hi Angelina,
Greatly capturing this hovering hummingbird.
Well focused, nice DoF.
Excellent shot.


Hi Angelina,
The shots are getting better and better. This one is much more sharp than the prev. Nice POV. Excellent capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Good Eye! Good Eye! Good Eye!

Actually I believe that is baseball talk, but I have morphed it over to TN-Speak.

I like hummingbirds and I like this picture of one waving. Shows motion, nice OOF background. Muted tones....

Washington State USA

Joli réflexe et belle présentation.
Bonne journée.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-20 7:51]

Hi Angelina,
Fantastic shot again. Amazing how you have managed to upload a full series of hummingbirds in different moods and activities. Wonderful moment freezed with the awesome motion-blur on its wings. Excellent POV and a superb neutral BG. And yes....the title is absolutely pertinent. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-20 7:59]

Hi Angelina

Well now you are just showing off!! :) Amazing composition and POV - must have taken some patience to get this shot.



I have never ever seen a humming bird, at least not in the flesh.
I can't help but think these must be very hard to capture.
You'ce done well here Angy, great OOF background and nice motion blur portraying the speed and movement.


very good shot

I think they are posing for you now...Great capture...This must be the winner of the battle...Very well done...TFS

Hello Angy,
I dont' know your belief, but we have a person who is famous to talk to animals, he was St Francesco of Assisi. I think that to love animals is the right way to have communications with them. I had ever lived with every kind of pets, and I have no surprise when I know of same experience or communication. To talk is not the only communication, and I have normal conversation with my pets. Of course I charge me to translate in some way their conversation, but to not speak English or Italian or other language is not a reason to consider them stupid. I met sometimes an animal that astonished me with his cleverness, and I accepted him/her, as a demo of the power of the Nature.
Your mother maybe is one of the happy people that has the fortune to communicate easily with them.
I think we are all in the hands of Someone superior to us.
Have a good day,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-20 10:30]

Hi Angelina,

I'm getting jealous of your hummingbirds. Two feeders up and all I get are finches! This is lovely - nice and sharp details. I love the white tips of the wings. Even shows up well against the dark background.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-20 12:02]

Hola Angelina. Hermosa foto de este "colibri" Me agrada su habitual pose en pleno vuelo. Agradables colores naturales y un muy bonito fondo. Saludos Luis52.

Angelina, :-) this is a FINE capture. Could have been much more sharp if you had used a higher shutter speed. But that IF the light conditions permitted it. Good job.

The story about the humming bird was good, even to an agnostic like me :-). Faith never harms anyone, acts like the very foundation of our lives.

Warm regards, Kiran.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-20 14:08]

selam angy; nice macro shot of this lovely bird,very good details presented,nice BG and POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-20 14:13]
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Hi Angy,

A nice capture of this dirigent,well frozen with good colors and sharpness,tfs


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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-20 15:14]
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Nice story and nice capture of the hummingbird. The blurred green background gives it somewhat of a mystical feeling. Excellent freeze action. Nice exposure.
To get exceptional sharpness I would try going to ISO 400, shutter priority and set shutter speed at least 1/1250 and faster if possible. The photo may be a little underexposed, but you can lighten it up in the edit phase.

Hi Angelina,
A nice shot on this female Ruby Throated Hummingbird. I agree with Ken that a faster shutter speed will give you sharper images of these little beauties. I have my feeders out, but they are very scarce here tight now. Nice shot!

Love your notes.
You must have a "private" factory of these in Texas.
Just imagine Angelina ... if you could move your arms 50-80 times per SECOND ... you'd swim from Texas to Europe faster than a jet.
Your "forever" grateful friend in Canada,
You know ????

Hello Angelina
Fantastic shot of this tiny Hummingbird,
Perfect details,composition and lighting,
Superb shot,friend.


These birds have always fascinated me, unfortunately we don't see them in this part of the world. I imagine they are a difficult specimen to photograph. Nice capture good colour and DOF. I am yet to see someone take a shot where they have frozen the detail of this birds wing when it is in flight, 80 beats per second thats fast! Thanks for the story and details, another great image to your collection.

A virtually perfect image. Thanks also for sharing with us the story of your mother and her encounter with the hummingbird. Reid

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