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  Mini#28 Best of 2014
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Friendly Little Girl       ©2014 ysal
Panasonic DMC-FZ150       1st place, 306 points
1/400s, f5.2, ISO 200, 597mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cropped, adjusted exposure and saturation, de-noised, sharpened, re-sized.       Extra Info: A female Anna's Hummingbird.
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Jan 13, 2015
    Many congrats on your excellent win. I so wish we had anything like those here.

Jan 13, 2015
    congratulations.. the focus is right on the spot

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2015
    Wow, 15 first place votes; that must be close to a record! Congrats on validating my first place pick!!! I stand by everything I said about this one, lol! Congrats!

Jan 12, 2015
    Congrats - well deserved win. I'm very happy for you :-)

Jan 12, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful - Congratulations on placing 1st

Jan 12, 2015
    Thank you very much everyone, I'm very honored!!

As few of you commented, I wish the foreground flower was not there, but oh well. Did you notice, you can see my reflection in her eye?

Jan 12, 2015
    Go Yuki!

Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations on first place. It is a great shot.

Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations on your well deserved win!

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Jan 12, 2015
    Nice shot of hummingbird, IMO the flowers out of focus are distracting.

Old Finn
Jan 11, 2015
    Excellent! Composition and sharpness ok, beautiful colors. Not an easy object. Nr 1 in my favs.

Jan 11, 2015
    This is an amazing photo - I wish it were mine. The colour and detail are awesome. High in my faves

Jan 11, 2015
    Superb detail

Jan 11, 2015
    What an incredible shot to have as the first to view. Leading the pack in more ways than one. Everything is right about this. Well done.

Jan 11, 2015
    I love the contrast between the amazingly sharp head and the blur of wings.

Jan 10, 2015
    Outstanding, perfect focus, lovely shinny eye.

Jan 10, 2015
    Great angle - love the colour ... it just pops

Jan 10, 2015
    Well done, not easy to capture. The blurred flowers in the foreground are somewhat distracting.

Jan 10, 2015
    Clean, clear, sharp shot with good action and expression. A favorite.

Jan 10, 2015
    I'd heard about a camera that was so fast, it could catch a female with her mouth closed, and this looks like the one. Great shot and my#1.

Jan 9, 2015
    fine capture of this little creature. i never see them around here (or maybe i don't know where to look). do you use a tripod and prefocus or do they hover long enough to get this good focus. great shot.

Jan 9, 2015
    Technically, an excellent shot on several fronts. I'm sure it will do well in the voting.

Jan 9, 2015
    Beautiful capture
Edited on Jan 9, 2015

Jan 9, 2015
    wow being first in the viewing list is not a disadvantage this time
you have set a very high standard you captured this well and I expect you have these in your backyard.

Jan 9, 2015
    You've captured a great moment here, and with such clarity, bravo!

Jan 9, 2015
    A great capture with perfect colors

Jan 9, 2015
    Well done in all aspects. Nicely blurred background, well composed, sharp, colorful, good lighting of the bird. High favorite, probably #1.

Jan 9, 2015
    love this shot. the colors are working together.

Jan 8, 2015
    Wow. First photo I am looking at and am blown away. Incredible detail.

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2015
    Superb. All natural, no distracting background, background nicely out of focus and yet beautifully lit and coloured to set off the subject, target flowers nicely placed (excepting only the out of focus foreground flower which is the only detraction and the only thing I can see to improve the shot), and best of all, the subject -- wonderfully lit, perfectly focused, with a well lit naturally lit eye, and, wonder of wonders, taken at an "original" angle. Not sure whose this is but I am going to guess it goes down on your list of all time great shots you've taken.
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