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    Recently returned from Cuba (my home country) where I spent 5 days chasing the endemic species. I got tons of photos to share of not often seen species. I will start with the smallest bird in the world the Bee Hummingbird.

    This was taken with my backup camera the D610, on the very first day my main body the D750 gave me an error and something in the shutter got messed up.

    This shot was taken in the a backyard of a house where both endemics hummingbirds are fed, The Bee and Cuban Emerald. The light and location wasn't the best but I did what I could without the use of flash and going as natural as it gets. I did brighten up the image a bit in PP and reduce the noise in the BG.


    Nikon D610
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    f/5.6
    ISO 1000
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    Backup camera, hummingbird with no flash and you come up with this beauty. Love the canvas overall, the firebush ,BG and the diminutive subject. What color and details... Congrats. TFS

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    Brilliant! Love the composition, colours, clarity, BG and bush. My only change would be to tone down the highlights on the bush. TFS

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    Wonderfull capture of this colorful beauty, Raybel. Lovely background as well. I agree with Paul's suggestion of lowering the highlights on the flower buds.

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    What an attractive Hummingbird!!! 1/500? You did really well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dankearl View Post
    What an attractive Hummingbird!!! 1/500? You did really well.
    Yeah! it was in a shaded area and I had to lower the shutter, the D610 noise is really bad above 1K ISO, no other option :(. But it worked out better that I thought at that low shutter speed. No way to freeze the wings but the bird when it stays stills you can get sharp photos.
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    The SS speed looks fine, blurred wings don't bother me at all with Hummers.
    I am surprised by your D610 comment. I think the D610 is way better with noise than
    the D500 is..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dankearl View Post
    The SS speed looks fine, blurred wings don't bother me at all with Hummers.
    I am surprised by your D610 comment. I think the D610 is way better with noise than
    the D500 is..
    Yes, it would be better than the D500 which is what my friend uses and we have seen side by side the difference. But the D750 has much cleaner ISO, I realized it now when working on the images from the trip how much better the D750 is compare to the D610 with noise. Images I would have never really noticed noise with the D750, with the D610 is all over.
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    Wow. I think that's the best shot I've seen of this tiny creature. Surprisingly clean feather detail at that SS. I felt lucky just to get a distant record shot of this endemic on my trip a few years back.

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    Very cool hummer. Love that blue on the bird. The flower and background are very nice touch. Like the hint of the tongue.

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    Very Cute. I like the colors on the subject as well as background..
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    I'm usually not a fan of lots of wing blur in hummer shots, but this is a really good image made even better by the endemic circumstances and size of the target. The bird is so sharp that the body details overcome the very blurred wings. Color is magnificent! So is BG....

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    This one took my breath away. What a bird and what an image!!! The soft light kills and the colors are luscious.

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    Thanks everyone for the comments!
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    I am late to the party but I agree with all the positive comments! A beautiful image ray!

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    So am I late to the party. Lovely image, Ray. Thank you for sharing.
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    Hello Raybel,
    Such a colourful image, I could not help but open the thumbnail to look closer. I think it's absolutely stunning - super timing, wonderful composition, great pose, and what lovely detail on this delicate little bird

    I truly enjoyed viewing, thank you so much for sharing. I shall pop in from time to time to see more images from you

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