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Old Dec 25, 2008, 11:01 AM   #1
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Wintertime hummingbird in Tacoma, WA
I had posted this among some other in the wildlife area. Nary a comment good or bad... so it must not be very good. Please tell me how to improve a shot like this one.
Like would it be better without the feeder, hows the exposer, background etc.
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Old Dec 25, 2008, 1:17 PM   #2
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Jack, You have a good shot here. The exposure on the bird is very good, The dark background sets off the colors of the bird very well.

I read a trick (after hummer season) on how the get them with out the feeder. After they get used to the feeder, get a flower or two, position them in about the same place as the feeder (removing the feeder) and put some of the sugar water in and on the flowers. This should still attract the hummers, but instead of the feeder you will have them feeding off on a pretty flower.

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One couldnt ask for a better shot Jack. Everything is just as it should be right down to the sheen of the gold on the feathers. I dont find the feeder a distraction, however, it would be more 'natural' if it were a red flower instead.
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Mugmar wrote: Jack, You have a good shot here. The exposure on the bird is very good, The dark background sets off the colors of the bird very well.

I read a trick (after hummer season) on how the get them with out the feeder. After they get used to the feeder, get a flower or two, position them in about the same place as the feeder (removing the feeder) and put some of the sugar water in and on the flowers. This should still attract the hummers, but instead of the feeder you will have them feeding off on a pretty flower.

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One couldnt ask for a better shot Jack. Everything is just as it should be right down to the sheen of the gold on the feathers. I dont find the feeder a distraction, however, it would be more 'natural' if it were a red flower instead.
Thanks for the nice compliments. I'm going to do what you both suggest and put some red wild hummingbird flower in a pot below a couple feet from the feeder this spring and try that.

Here are two more of the series. Which of the three do you think is the best one?





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I think each of them are exactly the same, just different position. The lighting, exposure, color, are identical. I think these 3 shots belong together and not separately. Like 3 shots on a film strip. Or 3 shots side by side. At least thats how I would treat them.
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I think each of them are exactly the same, just different position. The lighting, exposure, color, are identical. I think these 3 shots belong together and not separately. Like 3 shots on a film strip. Or 3 shots side by side. At least thats how I would treat them.
"Well, I agree with you as they were shot at the same time.

I had posted these three on this big online photo site two days ago and they were all ranked very high. It came out #1 this morning for editors pick with 24 ratings already since last night.
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Pleased you should beAll of those shots are fantastic. The color and detail are just superb. I agree with Bynx, you should print out all three of this and hang them on the wall in order.

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All every good shots, great detail and the catch light in the Hummingbird's eye really adds to the overall shot.

Congrats on getting the Editor's award.
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Fantastic shot! This summer I waited sometimes hours a day for weeks and NEVER got the shot of the 2 Humming birds that visited my feeder from time to time. I have a trumpiter vine near by which they love and I tried there too... no such luck. Very nice shot!

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All every good shots, great detail and the catch light in the Hummingbird's eye really adds to the overall shot.

Congrats on getting the Editor's award.
Thank you... this was the rating I got last I looked... not very many are rated at 9.8 or higher out of 895,000 photos sent in.



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