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Copyright: tom trinko (trinko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): jmp *1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 9:43
Viewed: 7291
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm very proud of having caught the hummingbirds wings with no motion blur without using a flash. of course the fact that the bird was sitting on the tree branch not moving helped. :)

this hummingbird kept flitting through a tree in my backyard. there's no flowers/seeds on the tree so i don't know what it was up to but when it perched itself on this branch i had a chance to get this shot. thanks be to God it turned out.

if you leave a note please let me know what your monitor resolution settings are. i use 1600x1400 pixels at about 100dpi. i've discovered that pics that look great on my monitor look over sharpened and noisy on monitors set to say 1024x760. so if i can find out what resolution most folks set their monitors to i can upload better looking pictures. thanks!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-07 10:06]

Bella captura genial momento y agradable escena... colores nitidez y composición... saludos Tom

Hi Tom,
Indeed excellent catch. Very good colors and composition. Though the edges are sharp, I still for some reason, get an impression that the picture is a little bit soft. I do not suggest sharpening it further. Great capture anyway. (Currently I am not looking on a high quality monitor, so I prefer not to comment about that).


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-07 10:09]

Hello Tom,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,catchlight in eyes,pose of bird and composition a lot.

Hello Tom
You,ve done a great work,
Perfect focusing and lighting,
Great composition,Welldone.


Hi Tom,
Beautiful capture! I have offered a little other variant in Workshop. My monitor is 1280x1024 pixels and 72 dpi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-07 10:29]

Hi Tom,
Great shot of what seems to be a female Humminbird of a species unknown to me. This is sharp with great pose and BG. She appears tobe sticking her tongue out a little. Fine comp.
Regards, Ivan

bonjour tom
tres bons details dans le plumage et bel eclat dans l'oeil.j'aime l'oiseau qui regarde en l'air et bon POV.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-07 11:41]

Hi Tom,

A superb shot of this colorfull humingbird and indeed you can be proud on a capture like this,Like it a lot,excellentcamerawork,


Excellent. Crisp clear. Beautiful bird. Nice pose. Good DOF. Excellent POV. centered composition appropriate in this case. Light and colors are brilliant.
Not even a small nit.

Belle photo de cet oiseau mouche,il est superbe et les couleurs sont magnifiques. Amitiés Thomas

This is an usual posture for a hummingbird, no doubt, Tom.
It is providential that you captured this bird perched on a branch.
The image is sharp and clear on my monitor.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-07 14:06]

love the pose and the details, especially on the wings, are just fabulous. Great composition, perfect POV and lovely DOF



Hello Tom! Wonderful portrait--love the little tongue starting to stick out! Marvellously composed, great detail and colors. Exceptional feather pattern detail! Very impressive! Thank you, Linda

Hola Tom,
Especie curiosa y de gran belleza, excelente la luz, nitidez y fondo conseguidos. Saludos

Excellent Tom,
Excellent sharpness and detail, especially nice quality in a subject so small..natual colors with great DOF, pose, POV, exposure, and neutral BG. Well composed..
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 16:56]

Una muy aguda, clara y bella captura Tom con excelente foco que brinda marcados detalles y texturas.
Gracias a la correcta iluminación, la imagen también presenta intensos pero bien controlados colores realzados por el excelente fondo obtenido.
El encuadre es acorde al punto de vista captado.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

A razor sharp, clear and beautiful capture Tom with excellent focus that offers marked details and textures.
Due to the correct illumination, the image also presents intense but well controlled colors enhanced by the excellent obtained bottom.
The framing is in agreement to the captured point of view.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-07 18:22]

Pretty cute Tom! Good job!

Hi Tom

What a delightful shot. I love the head up pose. The composition is spot on and the colours are great. This is very well done! Clear and sharp. Congrats! :-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-08 2:37]

Hi Tom.
This hummingbird shows up perfect on my screen, Tom. (1680 x 1050)
Fous and exposure are perfect and the colors are gorgeous.
Cute pose with the head tilted up.
How did you get the branch to stop moving? Hahaha.
TFS. : )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-02-08 4:43]

You don't really need me to tell you that this is a suberb shot! The lumunance in the feathers is wonderful. Perfect DOF you caught a great pose.

Very well done

Hello Tom!
I really have to say that I do not comment bird pictures to often because this is not my favourite group of vertebrates. Anyway this is a very nice photo :)
I like very much the POV and the contrast between species and BG. Also the title is funny and I believe that this sentence is just the correct one which appear in head of this beautiful bird ;>
Anyway, a little better DOF would be nice, especially in part of head :)
Best greetings,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-08 9:42]

Hi Tom

You have all the reasons in the world to be proud! :)
I think this is one of the very few posts on TN with a sitting hummingbird...so thakns for sharing :)
The details are great and the sharpness is impeccable...even more impressive taking into consideration that you took this handheld at a 500 mm focal length!
The colors are also charming, the DOF is wonderful and it isolated the subject very well from the BG and the diagonal composition and pose are outstanding!


PS: i use a 1280 x 960 resolution, at 96 dpi, on my monitor and it looks great - definately not over sharpened and DEFINATELY no nise! As far as i know my Sony is well calibrated and should show the correct image :) (hope this helps).

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-08 18:28]

Hi Tom,
At 1280x800 your bird looks great! No noise and no oversharpened. Beautiful colours and pose.
TFS, José M.

this is a fantastic shot: compo, expo DOF and POV are very good.

tfs mario

Really nice close up on this hummer all with a nice f-stop and really nice lighting. :)

Great diagonal line! This gives the eye a line to follow around the image and take note to the expert focus and flattering lighting.

Beautiful bird, simple, wonderful color.

Beautiful photo, clean and uncluttered, lovely colors and details. The feathers are like individual gems or sequins. Pose is unusual. Great reflection in the eye.

I have an older monitor, and keep the resolution at 800 x 600 for easy reading. Your photos look fine to me, not overly sharpened.

Que decir de esta fotografía? Simp`lemente maestra por todos los conceptos básicos técnicos y además es preciosa... Enhorabuena !!!

J. Ignasi

You are an excellent photographer.
Your image fits well on my HP Pavilion zd8000.
So I cannot make a comment re: my settings. Whatever you have done, you have done it right. I may try a W/S on it later.
TFS this lovely humming bird.
Friendly greetings from Mario.

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  • kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)
  • [2007-04-06 23:26]

Hi trinko
A good expression. Good composition. It is a favorite photograph calmly.I like your photo style.Best wishes, kona

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2007-04-07 13:54]

Stunning picture - good going on a BigMa lens!

A rare view of a still hummingbird. This composition also has a great & creative diagonal leading line. Well done.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-04-14 20:47]

Saludos ton, precioso colibrìun, bonita presentaciòn colores agradables y nitidos. Sira

Hi Tom,
An excellent shot of this pose.Good POV,colours and sharpness.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-04-19 1:41]

Hi Tom,
great shot, excellent details and colors!

Magnifiqe détail, très bel oiseau.

My monitor is set at 1680 by 1050 LG LCD monitor) and this looks fine. I usually upload at 150 dpi. Apart from that, this is a great shot of one of these little birds!

Hi Tom a great shoot here, very dificult kind of bird to capture and you done it well,real sharp and with great colours.

Very good one and sharp on my screen. TFS

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-05-14 7:01]

HI Tom!
Wonderful image with great composition,
nice backgroud and good light,I love it,
well done!

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-05-17 17:26]

Well done, Tom. Nice subject, clear shot (good focus, no shake), tight crop, and good light.
P.S. No artifacts at work (1024). I'll look at home tonight.

welldone good catch.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-05-28 11:02]

Very Cute, and Nice perspective. I like that you cought it with its tongue sticking out. Nice sharpness and great exposure.

Superb Tom. What a lovely little bird. Detail is clear and pose is nice.

Well done

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-06-02 19:36]

Hello Tom,
what a perfect shot you've done. Details, colors, BG. The bird seems happy to be in a beautiful picture like this. TFS

Amazing detail on this guy. One of the best humming bird shots I have seen.

Hello Tom,
Amazing...superb...majestic picture, the quality is the best. I love details ion feathers and hummingbird pose. Perfect! 10 points

Superb image, Tom.
For example the composing is truly well done.

Your beautiful photos are everywhere, I especially like this one. Color and sharpness are great. It looks just fine on my monitor.

So lovely and gracious, and it looks perfectly sharpened on my monitor - I miss the hummingbirds, only seen in the Americas and did not see enough of them while travelling to Haiti not long ago...

Very very good shot. Well done

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2007-07-30 11:43]

Piekna fotografia. Wspaniale ujecie.
Niesamowite kolory, szczegoly.


Bonjour Tom,

Jolie posture de l'oiseau,belle composition et couleurs très agréables.
Avec une résolution de 1280x1034 pas ou très peu de bruit mais en revanche un piqué assez moyen.
Merci pour ce partage:-)


beautiful and very sweet, TFS Ori

Hi Tom,
Superb clos up of this bird, congratulations
TFS. Best regards. Ferran

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