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September 18, 2011
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Canon EOS 5D
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1/395 second
Focal Length
400 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 16, 2011, 3:17:19 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Floating by mydigitalmind Floating by mydigitalmind
This past Friday, I was on my third day of my last batch of sugar water. I haven't had any hummingbird visitors all week so I was going to take the feeders down. Then in the afternoon this little one stopped by and hung around until the evening. Needless to say, I made another batch of sugar water and refilled.

My lunch break involved me standing about 5ft away from my feeders with camera in hand. This hummingbird did not mind me there at all! I got my best shots of the season both perched and in flight.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Vestal, New York
Canon 5D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
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I only do photography as a hobby so I may not give the best technical observations.

I really, really like this shot. I've tried to take shots like this of hummingbirds and can never seem to get them staying still.

The focus, lighting and clarity of the subject is simply stunning ... right down to the noticeable grain in the feathers. The sharp focus on the subject and the soft, out of focus background give this picture an almost 3D look and clearly separate the greens of the bird from the green of the background.

Very well done. Thank you for sharing this.
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I am not used to doing critiques of other people's work but hope I can do justice to the series of pictures of hummingbirds.
In general the whole series are extremely well shot and the clarity and focus allow us to see the detail of feathers, beak etc.
They are lovely simple images in which the colours of the out of focus backgrounds match the plumage of the small birds. The picture are well focussed and positioned while the simple branch helps the balance in many of the pictures.
My only small criticism would be that all the backgrounds are the same in general and in some could have been less blurred to give a better feel for the environment the birds are in.
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
sufficient reward for providing the sugar :nod:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely!!! Can't wait for them to return!
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   General Artist
me too
TheLittleWaterDragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so cute! I love birds to distraction and hummers are some of my favorites
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
ravenofthenight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow amazing!
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
WildAppaloosaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Photographer
So very beautiful!
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
pinestater234 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Photographer
Beautiful capture. The colors are really nice. Excellent focus. Fav
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