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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hummingbirds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 11:32
Viewed: 1562
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of a female Ruby-throated hummingbird, coming to a feeder, three years ago. I have other photos showing wings that have been stopped perfectly. But, I like this photo because it has a sense of wing movement. The hummingbird’s head and body have been stopped well. The claws, ready to land on the perch of the feeder, are quite interesting. My photo really should have had a blue background. But, my skills in PS Elements, and the capabilities of the product can only take me so far. I’ve enabled the Workshop on this one, so any wizards out there can feel free to work their magic.

The hummingbirds have left us for warmer weather this year, of course. We generally see them from the end of May until the end of August. The only species that have ever visited us in Mystic, CT is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird or Archilochus colubris. The males are the ones with the bright scarlet throat. The females have no such coloring. However, they are very beautiful in their own right. You can get some idea as to their plumage when they are at a feeder, but you can’t really tell just how pretty they are until you see them in a photo. I used a 70-300mm zoom on my Nikon D70, with an SB-800 external flash. The tripod I used was a Slik AMT. I rely on the flash to stop the wings. Therefore, I can shoot at ISO 100, and still get good images, even when hummingbirds are in a shaded area.

I found useful information on Ruby-throated hummingbirds at the following URLs:





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Nice capture, John. Good sharpness, colors and
details. I agree with you. It really has a sense
of wing movement. Thanks for sharing.


Great capture here!!! I have tried for years getting a hummingbird in motion...someday! ;-) You really got it here! good job!

wonderful shot with excellent sharpness and framing...

Hi John,

Nice timing on the shot! I like how you have captured the bird in flight. The blur of the wings is really neat as one knows they move so fast. The feeder to the left is a nice addition to the shot. I hope the bird had his fill for dinner! Lisa

Prit sur le vif!
Quelle rapidité!


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-12 14:53]
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Hello John!
Wonderful sweet bird.
beautiful picture, colors and focus.
Fantastic effect.

Hello John,
Very nice capture of this hummingbird, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, beautiful colors, nice light and good lighting, good composition and point of view.

Very well done indeed, John. The composition is great, perfect spacing between the bird and his meal. I agree with you, the sense of wing movemenet here works very well - and I love the position those wings are in. Very well executed.

HI John...fantastic image....


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