© Debbie E. Payne

**SMALL BUT MIGHTY**   ACBP - Elective

Joan E. Hoffman 8/9/2008 6:37:20 PM

Now..... perfection..... what else could you ask for! Excellent Debbie!! #976790

Debbie E. Payne 8/9/2008 7:58:45 PM

I can't. Although I have worked on about a dozen other images from this shoot, I keep coming back to this one as the best. No telling what the judges will think...I like it and that is what counts the most. #6293167

Susanne V. Schroeder 8/13/2008 2:35:18 PM

Such a wonderful capture of this little hummer. I find them very challenging to shoot. Well done, Debbie!! #6309329

Debbie E. Payne 8/14/2008 1:49:13 PM

Thank you Susanne! I tried all summer long to get this shot and now I am happy. They will be around for another month or so, and I'm hoping that I can "catch" her again!! #6313586

Christina N. Seuser 8/26/2008 8:15:10 PM

Wonderful Debbie, everything about this shot is perfect! Congrats on the EP! #6373315

Debbie E. Payne 8/26/2008 8:18:48 PM

Thank you Christina. I would like to see this one go further, but you never know what the judges are going to do. He was so hard to catch -- took me all summer to get just the "right" one. #6373324

Irene Colling 9/1/2008 2:37:10 PM

I would be jumping off of the roof-top with excitment if I took a picture this nice. I love it. #6396950

Debbie E. Payne 9/1/2008 3:26:46 PM

Then you must have jumped off a lot of rooftops because your images are truly amazing. I took many that day but this remains my favorite one. How are you about culling out your images? I have a hard time doing this and am looking for pointers -- what to keep, what to pitch!! #6397102

Aimee C. Eisaman 9/2/2008 7:45:08 AM

EP and on it's way....this one is a winner in my eyes Debbie! I love it! #6400256

Sherry McClead 9/5/2008 1:30:17 PM

Congrats on the EP sweetie... Love this one... hummers are so hard to capture!
Sherrybear :} #6416044

Aimee C. Eisaman 9/22/2008 11:23:33 AM

Yes....alright Debbie! Congrats on your Finalist! #6490161

Sherry McClead 9/22/2008 11:32:12 AM

WOW this is sooooo cool Debbie... another finalist! so happy for you!

Sherrybear :} #6490294

Debbie E. Payne 9/22/2008 4:14:00 PM

This was my project in-the-making all summer. It took me nearly that long to get him just so. I hope he comes back next year so I can make him my summer project next year as well. I always feel so humbled when I get a finalist and see everyone else's work. Of course I'd love to see this go further, but I'm mostly glad that I was able to "capture" his beauty just for me! #6492672

Michelle Alton 9/22/2008 5:34:00 PM

It's magnificent...in every possible way. Congratulations on your huge success! #6493509

Debbie E. Payne 9/22/2008 6:29:28 PM

Thank you, Michelle. I was SO EXCITED to be able to catch him being still that I almost didn't breathe while shooting him. This one was the best. So I guess you can say that these littlest of creatures can take your breath away! #6494096

Sam Britt 9/22/2008 6:50:51 PM

Congratulations, fantastic finalist, Debbie! #6494292

Debbie E. Payne 9/22/2008 9:44:02 PM

Thanks, Sam and good luck with your beautiful smouldering flower. I'm still perturbed that I can't get this filter for my computer.. It does such dramatic things to a beautiful image to start with. #6495950

Joan E. Hoffman 9/23/2008 3:07:48 AM

YES! I knew this one was a winner... I hope it goes to the next round! #6497026

Corinne M. Thompson 9/23/2008 8:40:42 AM

Congrats on your Finalist for this fabulous capture! #6498704

M.Christine Duncan 9/23/2008 11:34:59 AM

Congrats on such a sweet finalist image Debbie!!! Bravo! #6499422

Debbie E. Payne 9/23/2008 12:27:57 PM

I hope so too, Joan; but I'm not going to get my hopes up too early on this. One just never knows...

And thank you Corinne for your congrats! You have some amazing images in your gallery. I especially like your architectural shots. #6499679

Daniella Puente 9/23/2008 4:14:19 PM

Congrats on this fabulous WINNER Debbie is so good!!!!!!!!! #6500729

Sam Britt 9/23/2008 5:20:06 PM

Congratulations on your 2nd Place winner, Debbie! #6501330

Vladan D. Djordjevic 9/23/2008 5:23:16 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic Winner, Debbie! #6501352

Sherry McClead 9/23/2008 7:38:04 PM

Woo Hoo!!!!

Sherrybear :} #6502019

Debbie E. Payne 9/23/2008 8:03:22 PM

Thank you,everyone. Thank you Mr. Hummingbird; because it's your picture, you just let me take it!! #6502165

Eugenio Diaz 9/24/2008 4:18:38 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Debbie... #6504129

Aimee C. Eisaman 9/24/2008 5:14:59 AM


Irene Colling 9/24/2008 5:45:46 AM

Debbie, congratulations on your stunning photo. #6504465

M.Christine Duncan 9/24/2008 6:22:33 AM

YAY! Congratulations on your win Debbie, truly a delightful image :-) #6504672

Elida Gutierrez 9/24/2008 7:42:24 AM


 "The Golden Thophy"

A Special Trophy for

"August Winners"




Debbie E. Payne 9/24/2008 3:04:12 PM

Such a special moment. I'm glad to be able to share this "quiet" moment with all of you. And thanks Elida for the Golden Trophy. What a nice gesture! #6507182

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 9/25/2008 5:36:31 PM

Congratulations on your win Debbie, I love this! #6512650

Dominick M. Dimacale 9/27/2008 6:08:03 PM

Congratulations Debbie on your Win.

Dominick #6521619

Linda Blair 9/29/2008 5:51:31 AM

Awesome winning image....congratulations!!!! #6527281

Debbie E. Payne 9/29/2008 3:35:32 PM

Thank you Donna, Dominick and LInda. This was my all-consuming "project" this summer and it took me all season to get him sitting still. I am so glad that I work in digital or I'd really be broke buying film on hummingbirds. #6529809

Ulysses A. Villamin 10/2/2008 9:33:19 AM

Cute and beautiful!! Gratz on the win :) #6543761

Debbie E. Payne 10/2/2008 10:15:14 AM

Thank you Ulysses. I am particularly proud of this one because animals are not my strength and these are nearly impossible to get clearly in focus. He was a cooperative little soul for this evening shot. (He was probably tired) #6543928

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To round out my elective selections I felt I needed to add this image because it shows my love of and ability to take good macro shots. I spent all summer getting this chance which proves to me that I can be patient in order to get the perfect shot - a quality that all good photographers need to succeed in capturing the quintessential shot. The conditions had to be just right: overcast or deep shade, shallow depth of field to showcase the bird, and just to be able to get a hummingbird at rest. I was practically holding my breath the entire time I was shooting because it had to be hand-held under not-the-best conditions.
Set-up: Hand-held, ISO 800, aperture wide open at f/5.6 with a shutter speed of 1/50 second!

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/50 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 800, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

Uploaded on 8/9/2008 8:12:08 AM

Made With

Camera: Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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