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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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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014   General Artist
sufficient reward for providing the sugar :nod:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely!!! Can't wait for them to return!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014   General Artist
me too
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:iconthelittlewaterdragon:
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
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconravenofthenight:
ravenofthenight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow amazing!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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WildAppaloosaGirl Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Photographer
So very beautiful!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconpinestater234:
pinestater234 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   Photographer
Beautiful capture. The colors are really nice. Excellent focus. Fav
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!! :)
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:iconjennalynnrichards:
jennalynnrichards Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! I miss the hummers around here. I haven't seen any of them in about 2 months.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! I also haven't had them for about 2 months :(
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing detail!

Really skillful capture! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!!
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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:iconminervastar:
MinervaStar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww so cute and such a wonderful shot
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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PhotoBri25 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This beautiful photo has been featured in the :iconsnazzyphotography: featured folder here: [link] :heart:
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Jenya88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Great shot! :love:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Jenya88 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
You're welcome :)
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:iconthebigmc:
TheBigMC Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love seeing hummingbirds when they land on a branch! nice shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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AbdoHad Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow love it !!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific shot! I think you got the depth of field just right in this one!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :)
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GradyArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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bp2007 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Nice. :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Kuvolviski Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
So wonderful! It seems to be looking for someone o:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahh.. didn't think of it that way. You're right! Thanks!
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Lothrian Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Stunning!! :)
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Spirito-de-Amor Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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gustodelbello Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Very nice both from a composition point of vue and a subject point of vue. Brava!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :D
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AltoCeyx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
C1117,Great Shot,it's amazing how these little creatures
are able to migrate such long distances!!! Bamf!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I know! That's a lot of flying! Thanks for the comment!
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PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Photographer
Such a beautiful bird! Great focus here. (:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   General Artist
i'm told they need the feeders full until at least mid October :nod:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Not so much where I am. In upstate New York, most of the hummingbirds are now gone. Anyone we get now are just late migrators.
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:iconcmac13:
Cmac13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011   General Artist
who probably really need a sugar fix :nod: until mid October :giggle:
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Very well done .
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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SocialOutlaw Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Your welcome .
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maryamkeys Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
AAAAHHHHH What a classical shot. It's really a good one!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much!
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Sep 16, 2011, 3:17:19 PM
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