Posted by James McIntyre on Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:52 pm

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Species:  Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)
Location:  Northern Costa Rica highlands
Date: February, 2013
Photographer: James McIntyre
Equipment:  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, EF 100-400 mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, handheld
ISO: 320
Exposure Mode: Manual, 1/200 @ f/13
Metering: Evaluative
Flash: Remote-triggered multiflash by Greg Basco

Hummingbirds are the most accomplished fliers of the bird world.  With wings beating 12-80 times per second, they can perform amazing hiigh-speed aerial maneuvers - even flying backward.  Here I was fortunate to capture the spectacular aerobatics of a pair of Green-crowned Brilliants, with the male flying upside-down!

Many thanks to Greg Basco ( for his expert multiflash setup.  Fleetingly, the hungry hummers flew into a miniature portrait studio. (Note the highlight along the rim of the female's head and back.)

Comments welcome.

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by Benknoot on Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:11 pm
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I really love the poses...there are several dust spots on the left side of the frame....and theres a large white smudge down at the bottom. Also this is a bit over sharped and the highlights need to be toned down. It also looks as if you added some canvas on the bottom...? Need to do a better cloning job on the line. Overall though this has great potential.
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by Frank Schauf on Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:12 am
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Great timing, great action.
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by Karl Egressy on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:29 am
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Fantastic action shot.

by KK Hui on Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:19 am
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A timely capture of this terrific interaction, James!
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by Jim Urbach on Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:39 pm
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Interesting interaction. Love the bottom ones pose
Enjoy viewing

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by judylynn on Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:25 pm
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Wow cool action and superb timing James !!!!!!!!!!

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by James McIntyre on Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:20 am
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Many thanks to all for your appreciative comments.

Especial thanks to Ben Knoot for applying his sharp eyes.  His perceptive comments will save me much time, cost and angst in preparing this image for final fine-art printing.

I have applied some minor tweaks to the original submitted image (taking into account Ben's comments, not all of which I agree with) for its further enhancement.


by suzanne huot on Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:20 am
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Real Wow factor to this image.
Hi from an island in the Pacific!
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by Rob Palmer on Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:32 am
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Great action especially with two of them. Wonderful
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by Biplab Adhikary on Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:14 pm
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Superb action caught.....

by Angela McCain on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:07 am
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Excellent action caught here. Well done.

by D. Robert Franz on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:37 am
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by Greg Basco on Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:57 pm
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Looks great, Jim. It was a pleasure working with you, and I'm really happy to see this image here. On my laptop screen the highlights look fine and the brighter areas are of course intentional to add some pop and sunlight sparkle to the birds.


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