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Hummingbird 01
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Copyright: daniel hector (dantor) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 56 N: 224] (993)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-17 19:36
Viewed: 5637
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Out of hundreds of photos I took of hummingbirds this summer, only a few were worth keeping. And even those were not that great.

Hummingbirds are difficult to capture with a camera, not only because they are tiny and fly so fast but also because they fight like mad to protect their nectar feeder. So many times, when I thought I had a good photo opportunity, the self appointed "owner” of the feeder would come out of nowhere and chase my subject.

I even installed a second feeder ten feet away from the original. To my surprise, the same bird claimed that one as well. With two feeders to defend, it was constant fighting. Before long, I had to remove the second feeder. Anyway, here is the bird that drove me crazy.
Does anybody have tips on how to shoot them? With a digital camera, of course!

P.S. I have started a theme on these energetic creatures. Please feel free to link your photos to it.

Luc, christophe, red45, AndyB, PDP, hummingbird24, saguzar has marked this note useful
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To saguzar: The backgrounddantor 1 02-22 12:11
To hummingbird24: My father's reaction to this picdantor 1 10-31 14:10
To Arjuna: Quelques précisionsdantor 2 11-18 13:44
To christophe: Vitesse d'obturateurdantor 1 11-18 11:52
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Chapeau!!! de Figer un colibri avec cette vitesse d'oturateur, etait il empaillé? (Je rigole), beau detail, le flash a été correctement utilisé , pour moi c'est un very very great shot

Nice detail and quite sharp, the whites on the neck seem just a little blown, but still a good image.

Great capture, well done nice details.
Just a shadow in the wing....

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-18 4:27]

Like engraving from old natural books from XIXth century. Beautiful.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-18 8:51]

A nice capture.
Very sharp and colourful.
An interesting note too.
Well done.

Great shot Daniel.
Good details , composition and nice colours.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-18 13:43]
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1/1000 secondes et plus à F/8 en plein soleil devrait donner de bon résultats, Daniel.
Ton colibri à gorge-rubis mâle est bien joli. Personnellement, j'aurais rogner le haut de l'image pour en donner plus à droite, mais c'est toi l'artiste.
Belle réussite!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-18 14:19]

Hi Daniel, it's absolutely gorgeous. So simple, so diffcult to do and so beautiful. Well done.

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  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-11-21 15:05]

belle prouesse! bravo pour la qualité de l'image malgré la grande difficulté!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-11-25 16:20]

Daniel, I know what you've been through: these "energetic creatures" are really difficult to capture. But you did an excellent job - sharpness, point of view and background are great.



Wow Daniel. This is a great image. The colours of the bird are really nice. The head in particular is very striking. You have captures good details. Well done. TFS

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  • NicoS (43)
  • [2005-04-05 14:54]

Congratulations, a beautiful picture!
Good background, no disturbing details. Very sharp.
Please share more photo's of these little wonders.

Very good photo.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-10 14:57]

Woow nice shot with nice details.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-25 19:21]

Salut again, Daniel. I don't know how I missed that one. Oh I do know why. I did not join TN until March 2005, and this photo was submitted in November 2004. So you've been a member on TN way before me. (You did not need a welcome from me. Haha...)
Anyway this hummingbird shot is fantastic. I do know how difficult it is to get a decent one with those fast moving little birds. Practically impossible. This capture shows very sharp details and wonderful colors and irridescent highlights on its plumage. Congratulations and TFS. : )

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-26 7:32]

Bonjour Daniel,
Superbe prise de vue que ce colibri en plein vol, jolies couleurs et netteté parfaite très belle réussite,


Hello Daniel,

I prefer this version of your hummingbird shots, although both are wonderful.

My reason, this one (IMHO) has more detail, especially in the eye and head area, also, I enjoy the darker background for this bird.

Great capture, composition and it is simply lovely.

Thank you.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2006-01-18 11:28]

Trains d'atterissage rentrés, donc il décolle! Bravo pour cette magnifique vue en plein vol et toute en netteté et couleurs.

Hello Daniel,
I know, it´s difficult take good hummingbirds photos, but this is amaizing, has excellent details on feathers, good colours and nice bird.
maybe the background is not optime for hummingbird´s colors, but is a favorite of mine.

Nice action shot. The detail, colours and sharpness are excellent. Great timing too. Very well done!!

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