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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in Brazil 2, Nature in Patos de Minas 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-17 14:18
Viewed: 5070
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't know if this guy was tired, but the point is it did allow me to get close; so close I could use a macro lens to shoot it.

The shot was taken in the campus of a local college. The bird is landed on a Lantana. Both the bird and the plant can be easily found in the campus.

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very good photo

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-17 14:23]

Hi Livio,
Splendid shot. Rich with colour and very sharp too. Perfect lighting and POV. I like the way the bird has landed on the lantana flowers and feels proud about it. Excellent DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Livio
What a great moment to shoot,
Perfect details and lighting,
Great compo,BG and sourronding,
Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hi Livio,
Very good capture of the beautiful bird.
Wonderful colours, good light and good framing.
Good shot..!
Best regards,

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  • foton Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 1 N: 13] (420)
  • [2007-05-17 14:56]


I've been sitting in front of the hummingbird feeder with my tripod waiting for something this clear! Of course, photographic skill has a lot to do with my failure. This is excellent. Beautiful clear color. And look - no flutter wings! :)

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-05-17 15:04]

Macro lenses are great! What a sharpness!
Colours and compo great, too. Background upper left corner a bit disturbing.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-17 15:22]

selam livio; excellent shot of this lovely bird, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-17 15:37]

Hi Livio. this is a very good shot indeed.the colours are amazing with sharp detail and focus.good DOF and POV. well done TFs.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-05-17 16:27]

Bonjour Livio
Superbe prise, excellente exposition, couleurs, netteté et attitude du sujet, Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-17 16:41]

Hello Livio,
Very vivid colors-both the bird and the surrounding plant. Good job with sharpness and depth of field. Well done. Regards,

Hi Livio,
An excellent fill flash exposure here. You have really brought out the beautiful colors and intricate detail in both the bird and the flowers. Well compoosed with a nice DOF to create the OOF backround. Loos great!

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-17 17:48]

Wow, this is just stunning. The colours are truly amazing and you have managed to get perfect lightning conditions so there is even a small sparkle in the eye. I like that the bill is a little bit open, it adds to the action in the photo.


Hi Livio,

WoW what a beauty
Excellent compo, sharpness, details and colours
great POV and good DOF

TFS Thijs

Wow Livio! These colors are just amazing theuy are so vibrant and the detail is excellent on your hummer subject. Way to go Livio. :)

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-05-17 19:10]

Uma maravilhosa foto de qualidade ótima nitides cor e composição ficou exelente meus parabéns por esta preciosa imagem.

Hello Livio,
I am impressed, this is an amazing image of this superb looking bird. What beautiful colours it has. You are lucky that it landed on such a colourful Lantana too. It must have really liked it to stay there for you. Nicely framed and good DOF, well done.

Hi Livio,
A wonderful picture!
I like so much this colour explosion, it's like a life celebration.
I think it couldn't be a bird with a colours more contrasting than this ones.
Just look at the blue, green and yellow feathers, it looks great!
A very good use of the fill flash to enhance the beauty of this colours, not only on the bird but also on the flower.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Livio,
Beautiful capture of this bird. Excellent sharpness and details and wonderful colours in the feathers. I like the way he is captured on the Lantana flowers too. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-17 20:59]

Hello Livio
Wonderful portrait ,beuatiful colors and very sharp image.
TFS Michel

Don't we all wish we had that kind of luck! ;) Excellent shot, love all the colors, good exposure and detail.


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-17 22:31]

Ola Livio, excelente captura desse lindo beija-flor, cores lindas e magnificas, ele ficou paradinho pronto pra ser fotografado..perfeito... ate mais meu amigo

Excellent capture, with great colours...
Well taken...

Wonderful display of rich colors Livio.
Very nice capture :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-17 23:11]

Hello Livio

Superb! What a natural beauty.The colours are so vivid,and the plumage is iridescent.Excellent focus and sharpness.Wonderful eye contact and catch light.A wonderful addition to your gallery.TFS


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-18 2:08]

Hola Livios,
espectacular captura,
magníficos detalles,
colorida imagen...
perfecta composición...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-18 2:38]

Hello Livio,
Wooow ! What a festival of colors in your beautiful shot. The bird is lovely too.
The "+++" : composition, subject, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Bravo and thanks for sharing.

bonjour livios
vous avez sur cette photo une formidable palette de couleurs,aussi bien dans les fleurs que sur l'oiseau avec tous ses reflets.felicitaions.

Hi Livio,
a very fine picture of this beautiful bird.
The exposure is very good, the colours in the plumage
shimmering in all kinds of colours but for me it's wee to much saturated, Fine details, good POV and nice composed.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Livio,

This is such a pleasant image. The colours are just so nice. Beautiful pose, very well done.


Oi Livio,
Creo que es la mejor foto de picaflor que has publicado. El colorido y la acción son maravillosos. impresionante definición.
Espero encontrar el nombre de la especie cuando llegue a mi casa.
La especie es colibri ala de sable golondrina (Eupetomena macroura)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-18 10:35]

Hi Livio,

Outstanding! Amazing he posed for you but you caught him perfectly. The pose with the slightly opened beak is wonderful. I'm not big on bright colors but yours are excellent. Beautiful bird in a beautiful setting.


Woooww - that's a marvelous shot of this beautiful bird. The colours are metallic, and so many colours on one single bird, it's wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Livio, I like it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda


Olá Livio!
Ficou muito linda a foto desse beija-flor. excelente luminosidade e ponto de visão. Parabéns!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-19 12:07]

What an incredible close-up of this gorgeous hummer, Livio.
The light on this bird is amazing.
It really brings out the magnificent colors and iridescence of the feathers.
Also fantastic pose and composition.
A very special image.
TFS. : )

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-20 1:58]

What a colourful little bird he is Livio. I like his irridescent colours. Well done

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-21 2:44]

Hello Livio,
Excellent capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,lighting,clear details and pose of bird a lot.

Hello Livio,

WOW!!! What a superb catch, my friend!!! Colors are magic and wonderful!!! You did a great composition and I like the fact that we can see so well the tongue... f/9.0 was a great choice in order to obtain that excellent DOF! Do you know if the orange is pollen or it is within the hummingbird color??? What is the name of this bird???



admiro!!!! provavelmente voce ficou um tempão para conseguir essa posse.
trabalho perfeito,composição ,cores enfim muito lindo.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-07-30 7:42]

what a colorful picture! all spectre of colors! the focus is great and the visual impact is fantastic. tfs

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