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|This is yet another black-chinned hummingbird. If you'll note under his chin, there are black patches; that distinguishes him from the female.|
I had the ISO set at 400. My tripod was left at home because balancing that while on a bicycle (with my dog attached to his special leash that jutts out from the back of the frame) would have been a little much.
They zip and zoom so quickly that I decided to stay in one spot and hope that several would frequent the flowers in front of me.
Given their shyness, I stayed back far enough so I wouldn't startle them - a tough call because I wanted to be much closer.
Bright lighting was an issue, but the high shutter speed helped, I think, plus I lowered the F-Stop to allow less light in.
I ran this image through NEAT (thanks for telling me about it!) once I cropped it to my satisfaction.
I'm still moving slowly due to my sore ribs, but I did manage to get out for a bit yesterday. A friend dumped me off at a refuge and another friend picked me up a few hours later. I sat in a meadow and enjoyed the wildlife around me.
Mama coyote was off in the distance; she was too far away for a photo, but she looks very healthy - a wonderful thing for her brood. I stayed where I was at and watched her skulk across the road. She glanced at me, probably sizing me up to see if I presented a threat.
Her den must have been close by because I could hear her brood yipping, playing, I imagine - but within a minute, they were silenced. Mama must've have crossed back over where I couldn't see and threatened them but good if they made another peep. Already, she is training them for survival - a wonderful mama, I'm sure.
Gee, how did I get on that subject? Well, anyway, I loved getting out yesterday; after being in for most of the past several days, I felt like I was out on parole!
Hope you enjoy this,
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- [2008-08-19 9:07]
Hi Kathy,this is great!! Wonderfull shot,very difficult to take,the perfection of the colors and details are impressive,i like a lot your work,my best best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano
A very nice compilation of Colors Kathy..almost is a tongue twister to think more or less say. I saw someone buying a hummingbird feeder yesterday. A bit late but we still have some times..Very good flora colours as well..
- [2008-08-19 11:19]
Superb job,it is amazing!
perfect shot, colors and detail,
Nice action shot of this little and fast one.
- [2008-08-19 18:28]
Another beautiful shot Kathy,
Nice to know that you are up and about again. You are really getting some fantastic hummingbird images. I really like the details and wonderful colors in this particular photo.
I haven't had time this year to even try for one, but hopefully soon I'll get a chance. By the time I get home from work I don't have much daylight left in order to do much shooting
a very beautiful capture with great colours and details. I have never seen a hummingbird in real life - and thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos showing the lovely bird.
oh, you have sore ribs? wishing u a speedy recovery. take care : )
btw, many thanks for your comments at my photos and encouragement all along.
I am now enjoying the remaining few days of my ultra-short 2-week summer school holiday. I guess this coming Saturday would the last chance (before the big final exams) for me to make a photo-taking trip b'cos lessons will resume next week and many exams will follow. as I am now in the 2nd half of the final year - so it's full of exams, including the big final exams in feb/march next year.
anyway, i do love my current study and seeing patients a lot. photo-taking is a form of relaxation for me - i may not make any photo-taking trip (using the D-SLR) until i have done with the big final exams - but i will certainly bring along my small camera every day for any interesting encounters.
have a nice day!