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    Default Long-Tailed Sylph, Mindo Loma, Ecuador

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    Birds initially attracted to a Hb feeder then local flowers arranged by feeder with a few drops of sugar water added.
    Camera - Canon 1D Mk111, lens Canon 100-400L. Exp. H speed multi flash - 4 x 580 EX11 on bird and 1 lighting artificial BG. Flash duration approx. 1/18000 sec @ f25

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    Well you've gotta be happy with that! Wow, what a pose, colors, dof and all that. Superb!

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    Top class image, the detail and BG are superb with great flash work

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    A well balanced comp, and just love the iridescence on the bird. Sharp, and I agree to some NR on the BG.

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    Wow, what a show-stopper! Irridescence is spectacular; terrific composition, BG and wing position. The high-res version must be such eye candy. I'd be proud to hang this on my wall. Cheers.

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    Great capture! The colors are amazing.

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    super technicals, composition and 3D pop here...love it
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    The area where the bird was photographed was fairly dark and overgrown - rainforest!. The lighting was an attempt to duplicate this effect. Can anyone let me know what the flower is? There were several trees with these flowers in the area. I have since run NR on the BG, thanks for your comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melvin Grey View Post
    Birds initially attracted to a Hb feeder then local flowers arranged by feeder with a few drops of sugar water added.
    Camera - Canon 1D Mk111, lens Canon 100-400L. Exp. H speed multi flash - 4 x 580 EX11 on bird and 1 lighting artificial BG. Flash duration approx. 1/18000 sec @ f25
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    Very well done - - the leaves in the URC help add a 3D effect .
    Did you setup near the tree or position a flower near a feeder at your multiflash setup?
    The Long Tailed Sylph is a favorite of many at Guango - - did you get any photo's of the Swordbilled HB?

    The flower is an Abutilon Pictum
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    Last edited by Peter Hawrylyshyn; 12-19-2010 at 02:52 PM.

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    Love the wing position, the colors, that tail, and the native (?) flower. If you put a Santa hat on the bird it would make a great holiday card!
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    The image of course is fantastic. Sharpness, iridescence, composition, pose, the red bloom to complement the dominant greens and blue, the head angle, pop against the background. But somehow... it looks to me a bit too perfect. Like as if a model bird was suspended - no, I am not at all suggesting that you did this. Just trying to explain my hesitation(?) after the initial WOW...

    Anyway, great effort well rewarded. JR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joerg Rockenberger View Post
    The image of course is fantastic. Sharpness, iridescence, composition, pose, the red bloom to complement the dominant greens and blue, the head angle, pop against the background. But somehow... it looks to me a bit too perfect. Like as if a model bird was suspended - no, I am not at all suggesting that you did this. Just trying to explain my hesitation(?) after the initial WOW...

    Anyway, great effort well rewarded. JR
    Oh, there were plenty of others, Joerg, with not so perfect wing positions or different angles on the bird/tail - lets face it, with wings beating 100 times per sec. a good position in the photograph is pure LUCK! The percentage of real 'keepers' is very small, particularly if there are other elements in the image - just as well we now have digital and don't have to worry about film costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Hawrylyshyn View Post
    Melvin
    Very well done - - the leaves in the URC help add a 3D effect .
    Did you setup near the tree or position a flower near a feeder at your multiflash setup?
    The Long Tailed Sylph is a favorite of many at Guango - - did you get any photo's of the Swordbilled HB?

    The flower is an Abutilon Pictum
    Cheers
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    Peter, The flower and leaves were set up near the feeder. Unfortunately I never saw a Swordbilled Hb - win some, lose some! Thanks for the flower info.
    I look forward to possibly meeting you,
    Melvin

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    Hi, Melvin. I second Peter's ID on the flower. It's in the Malvaceae (Hibiscus) family. I don't believe it's native to Ecuador but has been naturalized throughout tropical America so it's something that any hummingbird could plausibly encounter and visit in its daily life.

    This flower is a tough one to compose with but the addition of the leaves does help some.

    I do love the lighting -- just perfect as you mentioned for the habitat. It's a good example of playing around with the lighting scheme to get what you want for a particular image. The BG works very well too.

    Cheers,
    Greg Basco

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    One of the best flight shots of small birds i have ever seen . Perfect Bg and sharpness/focus on the bird .

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