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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Birds, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Hummingbirds - Colibris - Oiseaux-mouches, Birds of Ecuador, Great Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 6:22
Viewed: 4864
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pterophanes cyanopterus

Family: TROCHILIDAE (Hummingbirds)
Genus: Pterophanes

Photographed in Yanacocha Reserve in the high montane cloud forest on Volcan Pichincha, west slope of the Andes at around 3500mt.

With the exception of insects, hummingbirds while in flight have the highest metabolism of all animals, a necessity in order to support the rapid beating of their wings. Their heart rate can reach as high as 1,260 beats per minute.

*Hummingbird wings are driven by the most powerful muscles per unit mass of all vertebrates. The wings of this high-altitude species are unique for their iridescent blue feathers and their size: Thin Andean air requires larger wings and fuller strokes.
(*from National Geographic)

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  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 6:34]

Hi Selen,
a stunning shot.
Very sharp and detailed.
Beautiful and vivid colours.
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-23 6:37]

Hi Selen,
Very striking colours, almost iridescent..this is an unusual looking bird with beautiful markings... a superb close up with great eye contact, thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-23 6:44]

Hello Selen,
Superb close capture of a male Great Saphirewing showing sharp details of the feathers and iridescent blues and greens. Fine lighting and composition.
TFS and have a good week,

Hello Selen
Excellent portrait of this Hummingbird,
Great focusing,BG and lighting,
Superb shot , Welldone.

Good Luck

Merhaba Selen,
Gerçekten güzel bir portre,
Renkler muhteşem,arka plan başarılı,

hi selen,
what a magnificent portrait, very nice dof resulting in smotth , non distrcating bg, well composed shot, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Selen!

I like this photo. But why are there some artifacts on bird's neck? TFS.

This is beautiful!
I always try to get hummingbird close-ups but this is amazing! WONDERFUL WONDERFUL clarity, sharpness, vivid colors - just beautiful!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-07-23 8:20]

Hello Selen,
Indeed, this is a colourful portrait. Very sharp with great focus. Wonderful eye-contact and composition. Beautiful light and BG.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-07-23 8:23]

Another exquisite photo from your fantastic journey. Amazing colours and details and I just love the pose of the Hummingbird! You have managed to get a very nice reflection in the wonderful eye.

Best regards/Bengt Falke

I love the color in this one. I've said it in other critiques and it is true. I had a sharkskin sport jacket the same dang color. Oh yes the bird is quite nice. Good portrait.


This is very beautiful Selen. You could get close from this lovely little one! Wow! Details and colors are beautiful! It looks a bit mischievous, well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-23 8:34]

Hello Selen,
Wonderful close capture of this jewel! Excellent sharp focus on the eye and beautiful colours. Looks lovely against the light background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Merhaba Selen,

Çok güzel farklı bir kuş, tüyleri birşeyler anlatan gözlerine yardım edercesine yönlenmiş. Renkler ve kompozisyon çok ustaca.

Einize sağlık.

Merhaba Selen,
Best POV with perfect sharpness, awesome colour and details involved in this beautiful photo!
very well composed and well seen

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-23 9:41]

Hi Selen,
You outdo yourself everytime. This is just magnificent. Such wonderful colours and details on its plumage, hey...I can see you on its eyes, Selen. Looks stunning in this pose with the long bill projected upwards and the intense expression. Spot-on focus on the eyes and set against the smooth BG it stands out well. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

netlik ve gözündeki pırıltı işi bitirmiş ellerine sağlık selen

Hi Selen,
This shot is fantastic. Colours of this hummingbird are so vivid and brilliant. Great portrait! I made for you 'delicate' WS.
And I'm singing now "Shine on you crazy diamond" from Pink Floyd ;)

merhaba Selen hanım,
harika bir portre olmuş bu güzel kuş için. duruşu, çekim, açı, netlik ve detaylar mükemmel. elinize sağlık, selamlar. Ahmet

hi selen!
beautiful portrait on this
very fine bird!
good quality!

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-23 17:05]

Hello Selen,

What an interesting portrait of this lovely and colorful hummingbird! You got a remarkable pov and a very nice bg complimenting the bird! It is just a pity that the end of the beak is out of focus... Probably because the bird moved that part of its anatomy! Nice natural colors and great reflection within the eye!

Good job and TFS


This is so good because the size you captured. Such small birds and hard to keep still. Nice work! I love the background like this to show all the details of the colours on him.Have a nice week:)D

Hello Selen , excellent color saturation and shrpnss , TFS and good luck .

Hi Selen,
What a shot. Brilliant. Wonderful colours and great definition in the feathering.
I see you used flash to 'stop' it and this is borne out by the second light in the eye. Very well done.
Best wishes,

Hi Selen,
A nice picture. you have captured the plumages colours well and the eye is very sharp. Most of all I like how your pov make the view look up the neck to the head and then out along the beak.
Well composed,

Wonderful shot. Great POV with perfect sharpness, superb colour and details on this beauty!
Best wishes,

Beautiful hummer Selen,
The eye is clear and sharp, nice details within your DOF. Well composed and I like your POV also :)
Well done!

  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-24 8:52]

Merhaba Selen,
Çok güzel bir portre.Gözdeki canlılık,renkler ve bakış noktası 4/4 lük.Selamlar, ellerine sağlık!

Wow! That must be the best Hummingbird closeup, I have ever seen! Bravo and thank you, for delivering such a detailed portrait!
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Selen ,
very nice shot with amazing colours.
great BG and excellent details.
well captured

Stunning detail, loverly colours,nice eye catch, really nice job Selen....Rick

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