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coming out of the dark

coming out of the dark
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 4:22
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unfortunately I don't know the name of this hummer and I couldn't find it in my fieldguide ( Birds of Trinidad and Tobago) This is the photo that I took with the highest shutterspeed (1/1000). Nevertheless the lightconditions were not perfect as you can see in the background, but in this case: you can't have it all!
Did you know that, with the exception of insects, Hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heartbeat can reach as high as 1260 beats per minute, a rate once measured in a Blue-throated hummingbird!!!
They also typically consume more than their own weight in food each day, and do that they have to visit hundreds of flowers daily. At any givenmoment they are only hours away from starving. However, they are capable of slowing down their metabolism at night, or any other time food is not readily available. They enter a hibernation-like state known as torpor. Duting torpor, the heartrate and rate of breathing are both slowed dramatically (the heartrate to roughly 50-180 beats per minute) reducing their need of food.

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Very good..TFS

Hi Zeno
Very nice action shot with really good details & natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-19 5:14]

Hello Zeno!
You have captured what I think is a female Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, according to my Birds of Venezuela, which is a useful supplement to Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. I was at Asa Wright 11 years ago but then I didn't have equipment to take such a good picture. Well done!
Regards, Ivan

Hi Zeno,
This is a great catch! I'm always impressed by people who manage to catch hummingbird while they are flying. I tried so many times without good results, congratulations! Good clarity and details, good lightning too and thanks for those interesting notes. TFS,

Wowowowow, che fermo immagine!
Bravissimo Zeno,occhio brillante, ottimi i dettagli e colori molto belli, mi piace molto!


Hi Zeno,
A superb shot!! Nice colours and good details
Best regards.Hilmi

Hello zeno, excllent colors, BG, POV dOF excllent detail, very crisp, perfect work, TFS Kyle

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  • ccosma (6)
  • [2006-08-19 8:19]

Beautiful shot and really sharp!
I also especially like the motion in the wings, giving it another dimention.
Great work!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-19 8:43]

Hello Zeno,
very nice shot. Excellent sharpness with just the right motion blur in its wing. POV, DOF and details are wonderful. The neutral BG alows for a very good look at all the details.
Very well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-19 13:47]

Hi Zeno

What can I say except Wow - this is really beautiful. The BG really sets this shot off as it allows you to focus entirely on this stunning bird. Excellent composition, POV, details and colour. Lovely movement in the wings.



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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-08-19 14:32]

Hi Zeno,
Wow.. it's just perfect!!! Congratulations ! Regards.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-19 14:38]

prachtig Zeno.
hier kan ik geen kritiek op geven, hij is prachtig, zeer goed werk, mijn complimenten.
gr. jaap

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-20 1:31]

Hi Zeno.
You managed to create an excellent action shot with great details, brilliant colours superb BG and outstanding framing. Contrast, lighting and exposure of your shot are perfect too. Great job and TFS.

Hi Zeno

Congrats on a lovely shot with good colours and excellent quality. :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-21 3:23]

Whoa, fantastic, Zeno. : )
The POV is superb, and so are the focus and the exposure.
Beautiful colors. Love those fluttering wings.
TFS. : )

Hi Zeno,
This a great capture! The Lighting on the hummer is very good with nice catch light in the eye. In flight photos of hummingbirds can be very challenging and I congratulate you! Focus, exposure, POV, color are all excellent. As for background, you get what you get with a moving target. Very nice over all!

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