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Allen's Hummingbird Family       ©2012 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GF1       12th place, 76 points
1/125s, f5.4, ISO 320, 342mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Adjusted exposure and color using PS Elements.       Extra Info: None
 
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Lo
Jul 31, 2012
    I'm glad you didn't remove the foliage around the nest. How sad that it was destroyed. Thank you for sharing it with us

ysal
Jul 31, 2012
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I agree that the foliage obstructs the subject but this was the best position I could get in, and I opted not to chop away the leaves while the mother was gone. I kind of liked the harmony in colors and the "hidden" feel it gave. I watched the mother build the nest, incubate the eggs and feed the babies for about a month. Sadly just a few days after this shot was taken, some predator got to the nest and the babies were taken. So this is a very sentimental shot for me.

Jade O.
Jul 31, 2012
    I think Mepo and raf sum it up best for me. Remarkable result given the situation.

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Old Finn
Jul 30, 2012
    Timing perfect, nicely composed.

Lo
Jul 30, 2012
    Kudos for capturing a very private moment. IMO a closer crop would have made the foreground less of a distraction.

rafinmelb
Jul 30, 2012
    Wow, tough shot. I would be happy with getting this

wrosenthal
Jul 29, 2012
    An unusual and very difficult shot to get. I love bird shots in natural context and emphasizing behavior. Nice job!

Mepo
Jul 29, 2012
    It's interesting how well your photo shows off the effectiveness of the bird's camouflage. At first I didn't like the foreground leaves but then I realized they give a better sense of the hidden quality of the nest.

mrsawyer
Jul 29, 2012
    Great to have such clarity in the shade! The colors are lovely. Would have been nice if that leaf had not blocked a large part of the bird, but fortunately the action was not obscured. Great timing! How many photos did it take to get one you liked?

Jade O.
Jul 28, 2012
    Perfectly timed, well exposed, nicely framed.

forkcandles
Jul 27, 2012
    the foliage spoils this one and maybe a crop to emphasis the bird.
these shots are so difficult to get and the lighting is so good on the bird
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