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Hummingbird Morning

Hummingbird Morning
Copyright ©2012, Bruce Thomas
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Photographer: Bruce Thomas
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Uploaded: 25-Jul-2012 15:25 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-500
Exposure time: 1/80
Aperture: F3.2
Focal length: 25mm
Lens: 25mm f2.8 pancake
Focusing method: iESP
ISO: 100
White balance: Clouds
Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
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Image resized to: 823x1058

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Great Photo!

Composition, colors, and focus all masterfully done. A wonderful work of art.

Louis Fry at 07:11 CEST on 26-Jul-2012 [Reply]

Truly superb

You've really excelled with this one, Bruce. Care to tell us how you got the shot? Especially with a 25mm lens!

Jim Padget at 11:47 CEST on 26-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Hello Jim...

I was walking along the sidewalk on a rainy morning, in a little town in Colorado. I walked past this hummingbird that was sitting on the branch in a little garden that was planted in planters just outside a retail shop, along the sidewalk.

I walked past, then realized what I had just seen, and took a few steps backwards to have another look.

Just walked right up with the E-500 and 25mm pancake lens, switched to A mode, and set the cloudy white balance, and went in close (slowly). The bird didn't seem alarmed at all, he shifted around a bit but didn't fly away, and he let me make a few shots.

People around me (many people had missed the bird, walked right passed him) then saw what I was doing, and came along to shoot. Had a small crowd in a few minutes. When I went on my way, the bird was still on the branch, "posing" for a bunch of people.

I could easily have missed him too, but luckily, he caught my eye as I walked past that first time.

It was "all luck".

Jim Padget wrote:
> You've really excelled with this one, Bruce. Care to tell us how you got the shot? Especially
> with a 25mm lens!

Bruce Thomas at 13:54 CEST on 26-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Really excellent! And that's how I often feel in the morning, feathers puffed up, sort of grumpy! LOL

Katrina Adams at 05:55 CEST on 27-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Absolutely wonderful! Beautifully sharp and apart from the great pose of the bird, the blue flower gives some colour variation to relieve the green. Lovely detail in the plumage.

Mike Bywater at 23:39 CEST on 29-Jul-2012 [Reply]

Outstanding shot

Bruce, a perfect shot, the sharpness of the hummingbird against the perfect bokeh of the background and the right placement of each of the pieces in the picture make it a masterwork.
Sincere congratulations.

Jes Consuegra at 10:11 CEST on 02-Aug-2012 [Reply]