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flying wonder
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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, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Flight, Green Birds, Metallic wonders of nature 1, Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-31 10:09
Viewed: 14675
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 130
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another hummer in my Tobago serie. I posted this bird before, but in this case you can see the tongue. And the wings are ,for a change, in a forward position.
Hope you like it!
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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-31 10:24]

Hi Zeno
Excellent shot, Something this shows that I didn't know is that the tail is moving quite a lot, I always assumed that the body including the tail was motionless. Beautiful colours, excellent exposure and detail, DOF is perfect. A great shot.

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

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  • MojoUK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
  • [2006-08-31 10:35]

Hi Zeno,

An amazing shot. So crisp and clear, the bird looks like he could fly into my living room. The timing is spot on, the wings just have enough motion blur to show good movement. Great control over exposure and DoF and a perfect background that matches the colours of the bird. TFS.

Regards, Mark.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-31 11:02]

Hi Zeno, amazing capture. Excellent focus and colours, good lighting and very well captured. TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-31 11:29]

Another fine, clear action hummer, Zeno! I wonder what the tongue was aimed at?

Hi Zeno,

Brilliant shot - so crisp and sharp, and wonderfully timed. Exposure and shutter speed / DoF are just right for this shot, the blurred wings and tail give a lovely sense of movement.

Great work - thanks for sharing!

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-08-31 11:45]

stunning shot there. the colours, DOF and POV are all great and the composition, spot on. It looks so real that you could reach out and touch it.


What a wonderful picture.

Do you know how far away the bird was approximately?

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-31 12:48]

Foto speciale, Zeno!
Lo hai bloccato molto bene, ottimi i colori e stupendi i particolari, mi piace molto!

Ciao e grazie.

P E R F E C T - Zeno, I'm a little jelous ;-)
What shal I say more, it's wonderful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-31 13:01]

Hi Zeno
Great inflight shot. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light, DOPF and POV.
Well done Zeno


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-31 13:59]

prachtig weer Zeno.
fantastic speed shot. geweldige kwaliteit, zeer goed werk.
gr. jaap

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-31 14:18]

Hello Zeno,
beautiful inflight shot. Very nice green in green composition with excellent sharpness and lovely details.

Hi, Zeno.
This is a masterpiece! Tack sharp on body, head and eye. Excellent composition. Nice colors and BG.

hi zeno

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-31 15:10]

wow, perfectly frozen action, zeno! :-)
wonderful shot of the flying hummer in a superb pose
and with amazing green-metallic colors.
well done & take care, thorsten.

Hello Zeno, excllent colors, Bg,,POV Details, very crisp, excllent work, TFS Kyle

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-31 15:46]

Hi Zeno

Superb shot of a stunning bird, the pose is perfect and the detail is excellent too, the colours and lighting are great as is the BG.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2006-08-31 15:58]

Nice shot Zeno, Shooting hummingbird in flight is so hard. I try and i try, and never reach this level. Your picture is very beautyfull, sharp, colorfull. Well done

Compo,colours, background, bird,...are okay.
Well done

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-08-31 20:39]


Hi Zeno, excelent shot, fantastic moment and exceletn coloures.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-01 3:03]

Hi Zeno.
What a beautiful shot you managed to create. Its composition is outstanding and BG with its blurriness and colours too. It would be very interesting to take some pictures with various shutter speed. Though with I consider, that some blurriness of edges of wings is looked very artistically, emphasizing movement. Excellent done and TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-01 3:07]

Fantastic, Zeno. : )
The colors are just stunning, and you caught him with his tongue out.
It must be a very long tongue, as it can actually stick out of that long beak. I do like the view of his wings straining forward.
TFS. ; )

Zeno, what a shot!!
The best shot of the day!
How many species od birds did you saw and photographed in Trinidad & Tobago, did you count it?


Hi Zeno

Can't add anymore to what has already been said. Congratulations... fantastic camera work!

Hi Zeno,
That's a fantastic action shot. Good colours, light and focus! Excellent work!
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-01 22:05]

Wonderful capture. Love all the green tones. Sharp, great details and perfect BG. Good DOF

Opps PT

Hi Zeno,
Amazing capture again! I'm impressed by this, they are so difficult to cacth in flight and you did great as always :) TFS,

Excellent capture Zeno, everything looks great :)
Very well done mf.

great capture and surely very difficult !

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-27 21:41]

Hola Zeno:
Ecxepcional captura. Perfecta. Colores, encuadre, luz y detalles muy buenos. Felicitaciones.

between your picture of birds, I had choose this shot for perfect colours, BG and sense of movement.

TFS mario

Hej Zeno!
I ja chcialam sie doloczyc do zachwytow, ktorych tu jest tak wiele. Kolory, ostrosc, kompozycja - WOW!
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Stupendous. Absolutely beautiful bird and photo.


exelent capture. hight qualition...

Super , difficile de faire mieux


A wonderful picture of the cute bird. Did you use any special techniques to capture this beauty?

Murali Santhanam

just great...

wow, what a pretty bird, great moment, great shot, greeting from Turkey...

Κ Α Τ Α Π Λ Η Κ Τ Ι Κ Η!!!

Hi Zeno
Great shot, excellent composition and colour.

Jolie et pas facile à faire bravo ... bon cadrage ... belle couleurs ... boken top

Absolutely wonderfull. Very nice shot, perfect DOF. Did you use a monopod for this shot? My compliments, Arjuna.

Dear Zeno, This is a marvelous picture and perfect in all aspects. Congratulations !
with best regards.vab.

A very good moment, well captured. Background has a saturated green color very nice and, especially, the light and colors are very natural.

Bonjour Zeno,

Et bravo pour cette extraordinaire photo! C'est une pure merveille.


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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2007-11-18 11:39]

woww...fantastic shot.

Great shot! U have captured a wonderful moment in flight! The position of the wings makes the picture dynamic. Along with this the shallow depth of field washing out the details of the green background makes the picture a reall beauty.

These tiny sparkly birds are a treat to see up so close!!!!

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-04 11:12]

hello Zeno,
Amazing picture.No words!!

Hi, Zeno,

what a beautiful shot!! graet colours and details!!

Man Yee

Great shot Zeno!

Excellent focus and colours, good lighting and very well captured

Hi Zeno,what a great shot and beautifull colors....greetings Willy....

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  • Misty Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (97)
  • [2009-03-03 3:35]

HI Zeno
such a beautiful bird, we dont have these in our country

Just miraculous this creature! As well the background so perfectly balanced. Thanks, CarOze


not getting anymore words!!!

Amazing hummingbird shot. Sharpness and colours are perfect

great capture, TFS Ori

Amazing detail and colors... Thanks for sharing it.. The background blur is also so beautiful..

si lovely taken , nice timing , beauitful detail with pretty colors

Hi Zeno
Wow this is really a Wonder..Natures Wonder. Great Shot
Regards Efrem

Hi zeno, Amazing shot with wonderful composition..

its a miracle at 1/500.

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  • Selma (2)
  • [2012-05-19 12:50]

Beautiful! :D

An Excellent shot.

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  • ABAL (38)
  • [2012-07-18 3:36]

merhaba zeno,
müthiş bir fotograf,
seni kutluyorum,

harika görünüyor

This is simply brilliant. The sharpness and the color is magnificent. excellent shot

Awesome capture, just love it.


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