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  Mini#26 Best of 2014, So Far ...
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Hummer at a Chinese Lantern Flower       ©2014 ysal
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       1st place, 248 points
1/500s, f5.1, ISO 160, 584mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjusted exposure, lightened shadows, reduced noise, sharpened, adjusted saturation, cropped, resized, all using PS Elements.       Extra Info: I had spent a couple of hours at the local arboretum. Just as I was leaving, this little hummer flew by and started feeding at a Chinese Lantern Flower shrub. I really liked the delicate veins on the flower complementing her feathers.
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Jul 15, 2014
    Congrats ysal. I love the motion blur in the wings. It brings the photo to life.

Adirondack Gal
Jul 15, 2014
    Congratulations! I have taken many hummingbird pictures and it's not an easy task, but you captured this little female perfectly!

Jul 15, 2014
    well done and the previous experience of the birds show in the capture.
the exif with mm length does sometime not appear correctly but when the birds fly and camera ready who worries over 14mm

Jade O.
Jul 15, 2014
    This is even more beautiful on this monitor. I was pleased to see your note that you have some experience shooting these. I didn't think this was just a lucky shot. The first place votes tell the whole story.

Jul 15, 2014
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

Out_of_focus: 581mm vs. 600mm = Only having seconds to react to the situation, trying to do the minimum before starting to fire off shots and prey I get something decent :-) !!

Jul 15, 2014
    congrats ysal

Jul 15, 2014
    congrats ysal..
a well deserving winner.. the birds eye looking directly into the camera is cute..
Any reason why you chose 581mm zoom instead of 600?
Edited on Jul 15, 2014

Jul 15, 2014
    Congrats ysal!

Jul 14, 2014
    Wow wow wow!!!! I'm so honored by this! I knew this was a very special capture for me because I love hummingbirds. But it was such a fluke capture! I had my camera pre-set on P mode after an afternoon of shooting, and I didn't have time to change any settings when this opportunity presented itself to me. I do have quite a bit of practice shooting hummer and I suppose it really paid off here. Thank again so much, it really means a lot to me.

Jul 14, 2014
    Absolutely first rate - as the votes show!!! Congratulations!

Jul 14, 2014
    Congratulations - a true winner in every way.

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Jul 14, 2014
    great nature shot. nice composition and pp.

Jul 14, 2014
    I like the way you have isolated the bird and flower either by DOF or proximity. Great focus, lighting, and color. In my favs.

Jul 14, 2014
    Spectacular catch. Unforced processing.

Jul 14, 2014
    Well you have got a very sharp shot of a very difficult subject, well done for that. Colour and composition is good too.

Jul 14, 2014
    Great shot, like it.

Jul 14, 2014
    Beautiful catch. Well done.

Jul 13, 2014
    Beautiful capture, great composition and light.

Jul 12, 2014
    Stunningly beautiful. Great colors, pin sharp focus, and just enough motion in the wings, lovely composition. Perfection.

Jul 12, 2014
    This is absolutley awesome! Perfect DOF, great detail and wonderful colour

Jul 12, 2014
    Beautiful capture, excellent detail and lovely colours (unimporantly, I would have liked it even more cropped closer to the bird's tail , compensating by showing more above the flower) A clear favorite.

Adirondack Gal
Jul 12, 2014
    I love this capture! The hummer shows up well against the buttery soft background. I'm sure this will finish high in the standings! Good Luck!

Jul 12, 2014
    Great framing and timing. A picture to be proud of

Jul 12, 2014
    I like the way you have captured the movement of the wings.

Jul 11, 2014
    this will score highly with everything in right place

Jul 11, 2014
    I love this photo of the humming bird. So clear yet capturing the movement in the wings leaving a wonderful amount of detail to see the feathers in flight. The exposure (for me) was perfect as well as the aperture being opened to allow the shallow depth of field to blur the background. Beautiful job. :)

Jul 11, 2014
    One can dream about getting a shot like this. Love everything about it. I suspect it takes a lot of experience to be ready to compose and capture a shot as well as this when it is presented without warning. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jul 11, 2014
    Right place at the right time. I love the composition and everything about this image. Congratulations on a wonderful picute.

Jul 11, 2014
    Oh dear, this is so fabulous . . . I am jealous!

Jade O.
Jul 11, 2014
    It is tough to get this kind of even lighting and sharpness of focus with a hummingbird so you've done well here. 1/500s is not enough to freeze the wing but in some ways, this shot works best, I think, as you have it with the wing slightly in motion blur.
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