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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: 2006-11-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/6400 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Nature's cutest, Flying images 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 15:37
Viewed: 8196
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This guy allowed me to get close. So close I could use a macro lens. But getting close doesn't mean one will have the chance to take a good shot. Those who have already tried to shoot them know they move very fastly.

My intention in using a big aperture was to have a speed such as 1/4000. Since I was using aperture priority, I was surprised when I checked the speed had been 1/6400.

I used flash not only to get details in the feathers, but also to try to freeze the wings.

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i just can say excellent picture

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-04 15:41]

Bonsoir Livio
Excellente, Cadrage, couleurs et netteté
Salutations Robi

great shot Livio,super colours and composition,great details too,

You succeeded in freezing the wings. What an excellent photograph!


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-04 16:19]

It looks like you did an excellent job all the way around Livio!
I am amazed at the shutter speeds some of you can obtain, and it makes me wonder if my camera is defective.
I like the POV here, and the DOF. Good job!

hi livio!
great capture with good sharpness
and fine composition

Bonjour Livio
C'est une excellente prise de vue que ce joli colibri! Cette photo est fabuleuse à tout point de vue, les couleurs ,la presentation et le BG tout y est parfait
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-04 18:01]

Wow, Livios... A stunning capture.
The colors and composition are just stunning,
not to mention the excellent details on the hummingbirds.
The use of the flash enanced the iridescence of the plumage.
Great pose of the bird with the wings out.
The details on the wings are sharp enough to show well, yet maintain just enough of a blur to connote the movement.
Wonderful shot and TFS. : )

Ciao Livio,
Amazing shot! Perfect for such moment. Superbly capturing this flying hummingbird...

Ben Lakitan

Hi Livio

Perfect in-flight shot. Love the composition. Pretty colours and nicely presented. :-)

Bonita foto parabéns pela tecnica apresentada nesta foto(congelamento das asas)a nitidez perfeita valeu por essa imagem,muito boa mesmo.

Hi Livio ,
very nice image and amazing colors.
very nice sharpness.
well captured.
thanks and regards

Hello Livio.
I have tried a few times using the Sigma 150mm on hummers, when they would happen to venture near my bug shoots..
Normally they would never come close enough.
Your flash here has done an excellent job of lighting up the beautiful metallic feathers. The head is Very clear & sharp, and the wing forward pose is great. The blue sky BG and flowers round-out the closeup composition well. IMHO, you might've slowed down that lightening fast shutter just a bit, to gain some more DOF. But that's nit pickin' of course ;)
Nicely done mf.

Hello Livio,

well done excllent composed and capture photo excllent details very crisp niclely done

TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-05 8:50]

Tal vez no sea tu mejo captura de un colibrí de las cuales tienes muchas en tu portfolio amigo mío, pero me gusta mucho realmente.
La belleza del ave captada con total claridad, gracias a la elevada velocidad del disparo con intensos colores sobre un perfecto fondo azulado y la presencia de las siempre atractivas lantanas con estético encuadre.
Un gran saludo... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-05 8:57]

Hi Livio

What a spectacul catch!
I've always loved hummigbird and found the extraordinary and your picture is an excellent example why!
They are so fast and gracefull at the same time.
The colors on this one here are outstanding and the tones also reflected from your flash are most charming!
The very shallow DOF here created a splendid movement action on the wings - blurring them a bit - but the exact focus on the head is just impeccable!
The sharpness is terrific and the composition magical.

Bravo for this wonderful work and TFS

bonjour livios
excellent, la netteté est remarquable,les reflets metaliques somptueux.
c'est un cliché que je vais garder dans mes favorites.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-05 12:05]

Hi Livio,

Just beautiful! You really captured those wings. And the colors are lovely.


Beautiful capture. Difficult to do indeed.
Good use of flash: almost no reflection in the eyes; natural blue color of the sky behind.
The image doesn't have to be totally frozen. A blur motion on the tip the the wing can be good (if effect is tiny enough)
Behind the tail, the sky is not homogeneous (dark vs light blue). I wonder what this is.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-05 13:13]

Hello Livios , This is again a beautyfull shot from the Hummingbird very good compositie colours sharpnes thaks , Greetings Teunie .

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-05 16:17]

I think you've got a really good shot of the Hummingbird Livio - I realise how fast they move and this is excellent. It is so sharp and detailed. Well done - the colours are good too. TFS

Hola Livio,
Espectacular foto, un "foton". Bien capturada la accíon, conn un acercamiento y detalles notables. Ya volveré con la clasificación de este picaflor (beijaflor)
Um abraço

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-05 22:31]

Very nice capture, Livio! Beautiful composition!
Nice colours and excellent sharpness!

it's fantastic Livio,
to capture such a quick bird so good, fantastic photo, good in pov, good colours and details, realy a super shot, my compliments for it, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-06 20:19]

E-s-p-e-c-t-a-c-u-l-a-r !!!
Good shot, super captura Livio. Es una gran imàgen congelada de esta escurridiza ave. Grandes detalles y hermosos colores bien destacados sobre el fondo azul.
Bravo! Felicitaciones por esta muy buena compo.
Un abrazo,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-07 18:35]

Hola Livio, espectácular toma, colores nítidos y bellos, buena presentación y encuadre. Saludos Sira

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-08 3:30]

Hello Livio,
Magnificent in flight capture.POV,vivid colors,moment you caught,simple BG,lighting and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-13 21:18]

Hello Livio,

Composition: excellent
Sharpness: a bit blurry but that's perfectly understandable with such subject
Color: well staurated
Lighting: excellent
Background: nice & neutral

Best greetings and TFS!

hermosa foto la considero única y tal vez remotamente repetible

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2007-02-16 17:14]

Very nice shot my friend well done

Hi Livio,
this is a marvelous image you have made! The irridescence glows, the eye is sharp with a catchlight, the bird is stopped in suspendid animation. This is a strong photo - nicely done.

Thanks again for the help!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-19 16:57]

Hello Livio,
Incredible show of color on the hummingbird and the flowers. Excellent timing and exposure control. Very well done.

Hi Livios,

Really nice shot of this cool humming bird, you almost got the hummer completly frozen with sharp details. Way to go Livio. :)

Hi Livio
I believe so many good things have been said about your image that's it hard to come up with something original. This is so spectacular how you caught this hummingbird in mid air and the clarity, considering how fast his wings were beating is excellent! Well done.
TFS Janice

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-02-21 5:07]

Hi Livio,

It's been a while since I had a look at your work. The standard is very good. I chose this photo because it is very high on my wishlist. I would love a capture such as this. Very well done.

Missed this one, Livio.
Justice has been done;-)
Nice colors and a good compo.

Hi Livio,
The colors and composition are just stunning.


Eres un fotógrafo excelente_____________

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  • Popye Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 27] (158)
  • [2008-03-22 0:31]

What a great effort with an excellent outcome.
This is not a shot every photographer can succeed in.
Nice freeze on the wing, great colors, and a overall pretty sharp image.
Well done

I am with Gerhard
This is a stunning image!
The Lantana is classified as an invader plant here in SA, but the hummer love it, I see!
It looks as if the hummer is intoning a benediction on the meal about to be received.

Muito bela esta fotografia!!!

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