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Old Sep 26, 2004, 4:20 PM   #1
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Tell me what you think. Actually, I have to confess that this is my second try at taking hummingbird pictures. The first revealed to me the need to get a new feeder, cause my old one was NASTY!!!:G So now with my new CLEAN feeder, here's my 'first' hummingbird pics... How'd I do?

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Old Sep 26, 2004, 7:03 PM   #2
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nice, but is it just me or did you over sharpen the bird???
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Old Sep 26, 2004, 9:40 PM   #3
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Honestly, just cropped the original, and resized for posting. That's all the editing that was done. I'm not good with 'sharpen'. Everytime I've ever tried to sharpen anything I end up with crazy results...so I try not to mess with it at all. Besides that, the only editing software I have comes with Microsoft Office, their Photo Editor is all I have, and it's pretty basic.

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Old Sep 26, 2004, 11:22 PM   #4
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well I guess it must be that vivid gold coloring that made me think that. It's a very sharp effect.:-)
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 11:28 AM   #5
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Nice shot, DaveN!

Julie, I think it was the irridescence of the feathers that made you think it was oversharpened! OTOH, DaveN, what equipment are you using? And was this shot in raw mode or jpeg mode on your camera? If jpeg mode, it's possible that you have the processing in your camera setup for more than the normal sharpening.

Also, it helps for us birders if you could specify the location where you took the shot. That way, it helps us to narrow the choices (sometimes widens the choices) when we are trying to id the bird.
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 2:43 PM   #6
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Did you use flash?
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 10:02 PM   #7
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My equipment; Kodak DX6490 w/Cir Pol, tripod, and LOTS of patience!!! I live in Central Alabama. I did use a flash (surprisingly they don't seem to mind). I believe this bird to be a female, and I think they are Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. I don't know that that is their official name or maybe as I've come to know them. There's another that feeds on my feeder that I believe to be male, who's throat appears to be black, except when the light hits him right, then you see it's actually iridescent red. Very pretty, however I haven't been able to catch him yet with camera in hand. PLEASE correct me if you know this bird's 'official' name.

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Old Sep 27, 2004, 10:06 PM   #8
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Yep, I agree that this is a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and that's its official name too! It could be a female but it's possible that it's a juvenile male also.
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Very well done photograph, and nice composition too.
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 10:43 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info and compliments... Took a little patience, but I'm very happy with the reward...:|



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