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Ruby Throated Hummingbird       ©2018 SteveBee
Panasonic DC-G9       1st place, 179 points
1/1250s, f5.3, ISO 250, 492mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Raw processed in Lightroom. Decreased highlights, increased shadows, increased exposure, sharpened,       Extra Info: Hummingbirds are tiny -- length 9 cm and mass 3 grams which is the same as a U.S. copper penny. They can beat their wings from 55 to 200 times per second, fly up to 60 miles per hour, hover in mid-air, and fly backwards and upside down. I took hundreds of shots and had a dozen or two really nice ones that I could have used which made choosing just one really difficult.
 
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dodrizzt
Sep 13, 2018
    Congrats Steve, loved this image :)

ysal
Sep 11, 2018
    Congrats, great shot.

mrsawyer
Sep 10, 2018
    Simply beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen a photo with a humming bird tongue displayed like this. Congrats on your win.
Edited on Sep 10, 2018

RobertLavker
Sep 10, 2018
    Great shot - congrats

Lo
Sep 10, 2018
    Great shot Steve - the detail and colour are fantastic.

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jomari
Sep 10, 2018
    Beautifully captured!

ysal
Sep 9, 2018
    The bird is nicely shot, although the lighting is a bit harsh. Did you try fill flash? I have mixed feelings about hummingbird shots at feeders but I found it to be a great place to practice before venturing out into the field.

davemisunas
Sep 9, 2018
    Nice image... in my TT. just my opinion but the fuzzy feeding bowl seems a bit distracting.

A.N.Other
Sep 9, 2018
    A photo of two halves for me. Love the bird but hate the feeder. Maybe cropping off the liquid vertical part and reducing the saturation of the red and background would focus attention more on the bird.

dodrizzt
Sep 9, 2018
    Wonderful timing, great colors and bokeh... terrific shot, a winner!

forkcandles
Sep 9, 2018
    great result with this technically difficult bird.

RobertLavker
Sep 9, 2018
    Well worth all of the effort. Tack sharp - high in my favs.

Old Finn
Sep 9, 2018
    Well succeeded with this picture. Nice colors and good sharpness.

Elyod
Sep 9, 2018
    Definitely in my TT. Brilliant capture.

kerszkavet
Sep 9, 2018
    Amazing picture to capture the moment
Had you considered cropping from the left to remove the pole (upper left) - not a problem, just wondered. high in my top 5

aoc46
Sep 9, 2018
    Great capture - very striking pose. Consider cropping out as much as possible of the artificial feeder - or even pasting in an actual flower - as the feeder detracts from the "naturalness" of the scene.

Re bird ID: coloring makes it look more like Allen's than Ruby-Throated, though this could be a function of white balance.

babysister
Sep 9, 2018
    I admire anyone who has the patience to get such a good shot. Beautifully done.
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