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Oh yeah....THAT'S the spot...a hummer having a good scratch!

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Caught this itchy lil guy giving himself a bit of relief one morning while out shooting critters. Hummingbirds were all over the place, fighting, jockeying for position at the feeders and in general making a spectacle of themselves...I'd only been there about five minutes when this fella alighted on a branch just a few feet away in order to catch his breath so to speak. I'd never been this close to a wild hummer before and did my best not to scare him off....needless to say he was being quite cooperative while I snapped his picture, even getting comfortable enough to scratch an annoying itch before taking off again. One of my favourite photos.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony Alpha A57
Lens:Tamron SP AF 200-500 f/5-6.3 Di Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 May 2013 - 9:05 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Oh yeah....THAT'S the spot...a hummer having a good scratch!
Username:maxeythecat maxeythecat
Uploaded:23 Jul 2013 - 9:13 PM
Tags:Hummingbird, Wildlife / nature
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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2013 - 9:24 PM

An amazing & detailed shot
Ju

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104247 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2013 - 9:37 PM

An itch can be very distracting Smile Smile Smile

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pablophotographer

Hi, it's good of you that you managed to raise your camera and take the picture without disturbing the bird at all. I accept that the blurred branches offer a sense of wilderness, hiding and finding. I normally disapprove serious a lot of manipulation on pictures of the natural environment but I have this unstoppable urge to suggest you to flatten the colour of the eye, erase the light effect completely by turning all of the eye colour into one solid one. Great moment captured and overall image nevertheless.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2983 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 3:30 PM

A good shot. perhaps just a little over-sharpened I think, and loaded mod with a little more contrast, and a little less sharpening.

In this, the eye is closed, so not much you could do with it.



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Willie

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4734 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom64 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2013 - 4:13 PM

Great shot !!

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