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Western Emerald

Western Emerald
Photo Information
Copyright: Alan Cassidy (accassidy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 119 N: 596] (2454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 180mm f/3.5 Macro EX DG HSM, 72mm UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-18 9:50
Viewed: 5572
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Western Emerald, Chlorostilbon melanorhynchus.

A medium-sized male Hummingbird pictured at rest between feeds at Alambi,a small settlement at approximately 1,500m elevation about 2 hours drive west of Quito.

The picture was taken with fill-in flash which has enabled a lot of detail to be captured. It has also resulted in a reflection from the highly irridescent chest and belly plumage. I'm trying to work out if this is an enhancement or a detriment. I'll leave you to be the judge.

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Alan, You've captured some very fine detail. Your foucs is excellent.


This little bird is a truly fantastic creation of mother nature friend Alan! What a rich and vivid color graduation on it's tiny body! Simply breathtaking isn't it? Looking at my well calibrated screen however I feel that the shadows are a bit washed here! Just a personal opinion however, so I did some minor changes at the workshop! Hope that you will like it! Have a great evening and wonderful Sunday Alan!
George Veltchev

Hi Alan,
Great capture of lovely bird, wonderful blurry BG, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-18 10:45]

Hi Alan,
Fantastic colors and metals ..
Very beautiful Western Emerald in excellent sharpness an perfect details.
Have a nice Sunday,

amazing jewel, TFS Ori

Hello Alan,
Who are you MF?.
Nice and colorful shot of this little jewel from our tropics!... Nice composition and very OOF BG! A classical shot for this Emerald!
Regards, Have a nice Sunday!

Hallo Alan,
a very beautiful capture of this Hummingbird, good sharpness and fantastic metallic colours, excellent POV and composition with a very good OOF BG.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-18 16:00]

Hi Alan,it seems ready for the disco..eheh..what a beatiful bird and what a class to take at the best its metallic colors,great sharpness and composition too.....thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

Hi Alan,
Difficult conditions and you have came with excellent results. Nice colours and sharp details but unfortunately some burned details which can't be recovered.
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-19 2:20]

Hello Alan,
Beautiful photo of this Western Emerald in very nice colours and good sharpness. Great composition, contrasting blurred BG and POV with eye-contact.

A real jewel indeed Alan, the bright iridescent colours of the hummingbird and its black, staring eye compliment each other rather nicely in this fine composition. Maybe the sharpness of the nape could be improved with an f/5.6 but it is really a small matter...

Hi Alan

A very handsome bird, skillfully photographed.



Hi Alan.
Impressive bird and fantastic photo with good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Very beautiful Hummingbird, a real Emerald, well captured. The flash has given the colors beautiful effect. May be you can try bouncing the flash (I have no idea which flash you used) to avoid the highlight. tfs.

Hi Alan,
Amazing photo very well composed and with jewel-like coulours.
Best wishes, Pambos

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-12-26 9:14]

Hi Alan,

A beautiful hummingbird - one we do not see in Arizona. The iridescent colors are wonderful - I love that emerald green. You captured the little bird in an excellent pose on the bare branch. Terrific background and composition.



Look at the bird...!!! so damn beautiful..!!!

TFS :-)

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-09-08 17:56]

Hello Alan,
Simply awesome image, showing this gorgeous hummingbird in exceptional detail and vivid yet natural coloration. Outstanding photo!!

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