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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/2.8
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-29 20:01
Viewed: 9760
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The unexpected part about this photo is that I used a macro lens in order to shoot it. My initial goal was to take pictures of insects. While looking for them, this hummingbird came by. I could take some eight shots of it. Although they usually don’t allow us to get too close, this one was an exception.

The original file is a RAW one. Since I used f/2.8, the maximum aperture I can get through the lens, the speed was a high one: 1/3200. By using such settings, I was able to freeze the movement of the wings – and that was my intention. ISO 200 was used in the capture.

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hi livio, what a beautiful bird. the photo is well done, good sharpness, but i had posted the flower and the bird a bit more in the middle. for me know the bg is too highlighted. well done. tfs.

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  • swart (125)
  • [2008-12-30 0:28]

very nice shot

Muito boa essa foto! Ele devia estar bem pertinho né...Já conseguiu identificar a espécie desse beija-flor?

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-12-30 11:40]

Hello Livio , Exelent capture - very well composed , Greetings Teunie ,And a Very Good 2009 .

Hola Livio, me alegr ver tus fotos después de largo tiempo. Lograste una bonita foto de este picaflor, que no estoy seguro de la especie , pero según la guia de aves de Sudamerica,de Erize, Rumbolll y Rodriguez Mata (editorial Letemendía en Argentina, Editorial Collins en inglés) es una hembra de Heliomaster longirostris, pero mi duda es que llega solo muy cerca de Patos de Minas.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-31 16:54]

Hi Livio,
what a great shot of this beautiful Hummingbird.
Very sharp and clear.
Great pose.
Excellent colours.

Superb work!

Happy New Year!


hello Livio

Very good choice of f/2.8 for the shallow bokeh yet you are able to get good focus sharpness on the bird in flight especially to freeze the wings motion at f/3200s.

I quite like the bokeh to give the blur green of BG so effectively for the contrast in color.

Really nice to see the sharpness of the bird and flower that helps to draw my eye attention to it.

tfs, bill

Bonjour Silvio
Très belle photo! Les couleurs sont superbes, la netteté est parfaite.C'est du grand art.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-14 15:15]

Ola Livio
Linda foto com otimos detalhes e nitidez. A composição esta bem natural e a luminosidade excelente

Dear Livio,
Your photo is absolutely delightful, and the yellow pollen on the top of the head of the bird makes it REALLY special.

You are lucky to have a camera, which can take photos at this high speed, thus producing an image with great technical aplomb!

I notice, you have not posted any more photos since 2008, which is a great pity in view of your exceptional portfolio.

I have added your work to my list of favorites, because the image is perfect in every way!

Enjoy your week-end,
Greetings from a soccer crazy South Africa

Hi Livio,
An unusual ""macro"" image :-))!
You are prepared for any eventuality!


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