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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 9:02
Viewed: 2748
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is yet another black-chinned hummingbird. If you'll note under his chin, there are black patches; that distinguishes him from the female.

I had the ISO set at 400. My tripod was left at home because balancing that while on a bicycle (with my dog attached to his special leash that jutts out from the back of the frame) would have been a little much.

They zip and zoom so quickly that I decided to stay in one spot and hope that several would frequent the flowers in front of me.

Given their shyness, I stayed back far enough so I wouldn't startle them - a tough call because I wanted to be much closer.

Bright lighting was an issue, but the high shutter speed helped, I think, plus I lowered the F-Stop to allow less light in.

I ran this image through NEAT (thanks for telling me about it!) once I cropped it to my satisfaction.

I'm still moving slowly due to my sore ribs, but I did manage to get out for a bit yesterday. A friend dumped me off at a refuge and another friend picked me up a few hours later. I sat in a meadow and enjoyed the wildlife around me.

Mama coyote was off in the distance; she was too far away for a photo, but she looks very healthy - a wonderful thing for her brood. I stayed where I was at and watched her skulk across the road. She glanced at me, probably sizing me up to see if I presented a threat.

Her den must have been close by because I could hear her brood yipping, playing, I imagine - but within a minute, they were silenced. Mama must've have crossed back over where I couldn't see and threatened them but good if they made another peep. Already, she is training them for survival - a wonderful mama, I'm sure.

Gee, how did I get on that subject? Well, anyway, I loved getting out yesterday; after being in for most of the past several days, I felt like I was out on parole!

Hope you enjoy this,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-19 9:07]

Hi Kathy,this is great!! Wonderfull shot,very difficult to take,the perfection of the colors and details are impressive,i like a lot your work,my best best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

A very nice compilation of Colors Kathy..almost is a tongue twister to think more or less say. I saw someone buying a hummingbird feeder yesterday. A bit late but we still have some times..Very good flora colours as well..

Hello Kathy,
Superb job,it is amazing!
perfect shot, colors and detail,

Hi Kathy
Nice action shot of this little and fast one.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-19 18:28]

Another beautiful shot Kathy,
Nice to know that you are up and about again. You are really getting some fantastic hummingbird images. I really like the details and wonderful colors in this particular photo.
I haven't had time this year to even try for one, but hopefully soon I'll get a chance. By the time I get home from work I don't have much daylight left in order to do much shooting

Hi, Kathy,

a very beautiful capture with great colours and details. I have never seen a hummingbird in real life - and thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos showing the lovely bird.

oh, you have sore ribs? wishing u a speedy recovery. take care : )

btw, many thanks for your comments at my photos and encouragement all along.

I am now enjoying the remaining few days of my ultra-short 2-week summer school holiday. I guess this coming Saturday would the last chance (before the big final exams) for me to make a photo-taking trip b'cos lessons will resume next week and many exams will follow. as I am now in the 2nd half of the final year - so it's full of exams, including the big final exams in feb/march next year.

anyway, i do love my current study and seeing patients a lot. photo-taking is a form of relaxation for me - i may not make any photo-taking trip (using the D-SLR) until i have done with the big final exams - but i will certainly bring along my small camera every day for any interesting encounters.

have a nice day!

Man Yee

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