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Hummingbird in blooming Bird of Paradise

Hummingbird in blooming Bird of Paradise
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38 Comments | Report
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala October 18, 2014
Superb!
Pablo-Klik PRO
 
Pablo-Klik October 20, 2014
magnifica foto
MystiqueImages PRO
 
MystiqueImages October 30, 2014
Stunning!
cevert
 
cevert November 01, 2014
Great shot... I love these little guys!!
ayarrow
 
ayarrow November 04, 2014
excellent shot
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 10, 2014
Perfect action and the H-bird on the beautiful flower is a winner. voted close up!
Canonfire PRO+
 
Canonfire November 16, 2014
Nice capture.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 December 17, 2014
You really captured lots of details in the hummingbirds. Voted symphony of colors.
ntgreen
 
ntgreen December 22, 2014
Wonderful capture ... love the colours ;D
lvalencia
 
lvalencia January 01, 2015
Gorgeous shot!
crystalcollins
 
crystalcollins February 09, 2015
Wonderful capture. I have a few bird of paradise
johnny_renaissance PRO+
 
johnny_renaissance February 13, 2015
This is beyond incredible!
Billyboy
 
Billyboy March 08, 2015
Of the 25,628 hummingbird pictures I`ve seen, I think this one could very well be the coolest :-)
Nice work !!
Lucciano
 
Lucciano March 23, 2015
Amazing life capture!
kiraballerina PRO
 
kiraballerina March 25, 2015
GORGEOUS PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!! :)))))))))))))))))))
guybahonsrichardson
 
guybahonsrichardson March 26, 2015
Jesus! this is the best!
Jv_99
 
Jv_99 March 31, 2015
Beautiful image! Composition and blur, very well done
MariasMagic
 
MariasMagic May 25, 2015
Voted - Amazing..
Maria
SusanCritterBug
 
SusanCritterBug May 26, 2015
Perfection. :)
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 June 11, 2015
Fabulous capture!
melodyesweetin PRO+
 
melodyesweetin June 16, 2015
Bravo !!!!
fabs
 
fabs September 10, 2015
breathtaking
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic March 16, 2016
Fantastic shot! Voted in Captures.
silviacoggin
 
silviacoggin March 17, 2016
Stunning!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic April 06, 2016
Special shot indeed! Voted in Proud Of!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic April 21, 2016
Love it! Voted in Tiny Birds.
lekahuie PRO
 
lekahuie June 03, 2016
Great stop action photo :))
jettahlily008 PRO+
 
jettahlily008 June 05, 2016
Wowww!!! :)
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic June 06, 2016
Good luck in Battle of pros!
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UnkleFrank June 21, 2016
Perfection!!! My compliments.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 21, 2016
Lovely shot!
sharilee Premium
 
sharilee June 27, 2016
Phenomenal shot!!
pcruickshank PRO
 
pcruickshank November 03, 2016
Beautiful shot!
sue-zon PRO
 
sue-zon December 23, 2016
Absolutely amazing that you took this photo with a P&S!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson June 07, 2017
Fabulous action shot.
KARENLEIGH
 
KARENLEIGH February 22, 2018
wow the comments... s u p e r b
Hoamai
 
Hoamai July 05, 2018
The first time I see a picture like this. Amazing.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 26, 2020
Congratulations on your award in this capture!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my neighbor's back yard.
Time
It was taken at 7:41am.
Lighting
The light is the morning sun. I was quite fortunate that the exposure was so perfect as it could easily have been over or under exposed, and I only had the opportunity to take a single shot with a point and shoot camera.
Equipment
The shot was taken with a Kodak Z612 Zoom Digital Camera. I owned a DSLR at the time (8/29/07) but it was not handy and I was concerned that I would miss the opportunity, so I grabbed my point and shoot and went for the shot. (Proof that you can take great images with virtually any properly functioning camera if you put the right thing(s) in front of your lens.)
Inspiration
In a word, nature. It was a beautiful morning, I was having coffee on my patio enjoying the sounds of the morning when I saw the hummingbird zooming around the bird of paradise flowers in my neighbor's yard. It was just a perfect image - gorgeous light, terrific subject, and bright floral colors. I saw the shot, but it was a wonder that I was able to get my Kodak, lean over the fence into the neighbor's yard, and nail the shot. A second later the bird was long gone!
Editing
At the time I took the shot I did not have any quality photo editing software. Even today this is one of the least edited photos in my gallery even though I have made a (very) few adjustments in Lightroom. Mostly just a crop and some sharpening. I have taken it into Photoshop several times but never found anything to improve the image.
In my camera bag
Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 70D, Canon M3 Mirrorless, Canon lenses (16-35mm, 24-105mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm Macro, and 70-200mm), 600EX-RT flash with ST-E3-RT transmitter, Sekonic Light Meter, and two remotes.
Feedback
My advice: 1) Learn to use your camera, I mean really learn to use the camera. Fumbling with settings on a camera as the subject disappears, or the perfect light recedes makes shots like this impossible. 2) Practice "seeing", even when you don't have a camera. I got this shot because I saw the subject, light and flowers as an image. I wish I was a thousand times better at this skill, but it can be acquired and improved through seriously working at it. Ultimately it is about awareness and finding the right composition. Thanks so much for your interest in my work.

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