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Hummingbirds in Silhouette by Brenda Monahan

September 2020 - Hummingbirds in Silhouette

September 2020 - Brenda Monahan


About the Image(s)

I was visiting my inlaws at their beach house and was highly entertained by the hummingbirds at the feeder off the deck. I decided to try my hand at capturing them in flight. Most of the pictures were you can see the colors are a bit too blurry, but this one, with the sky turning pink as the sun went down, and two of these tiny birds heading to the feeder at the same time, came out pretty decent.

I cropped the image and brought it into photoshop to try to clone out the pole the feeder was hanging from. It was, admittedly, one of my first attempts at cloning something out, so it didn't go as smoothly as I like, but I'm learning!

Canon 70D
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 320

10 comments posted

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Your cloning attempt worked fine. Hummingbirds are very difficult to capture but your capture worked. Too bad that the left-hand bird didn't have a more 'photogenic' pose - but it worked out fine. My suggestion is that if you wish to portray items in silhouette, black and white may be a better medium. Converted to B&W (using Paintshop Pro) but I am sure Photoshop has that feature too.   Posted: 09/03/2020 19:51:48
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you for the feedback, Harry! Photoshop definitely has a B&W feature.   Posted: 09/04/2020 09:42:52

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Brenda, shooting hummingbirds is definitely a challenge for me at my feeder because of sky background that will always give a silhouette effect. I believe you have a good stop action of their wings, and I think you did a great job of cloning out the pole. I would suggest cropping the top underneath the first ring. And now that you have the experience of cloning, clone out the hanger. It might look cool to just have the feeder "floating." I prefer your color photo instead of converting to B&W.   Posted: 09/05/2020 14:49:25
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Shirley.   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:52:25

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Nice capture, Brenda, of 2 difficult subjects. I like the color image over the B&W. Your cloning out of the pole worked out fine. You could have also used the lasso tool and content aware as well. I'm not sure how I would change the crop. I think what you have makes the most sense of anything I thought of. Great job!   Posted: 09/08/2020 09:39:10
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Karen!   Posted: 09/08/2020 10:52:37

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very nice image with a peaceful feeling about it. I like the way the the two birds have up and down wings considered ideal poses.
Fantastic to get this at 1/8000!   Posted: 09/09/2020 19:59:39
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Piers!   Posted: 09/09/2020 20:27:56

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a lovely image. I have tried taking photos of hummingbirds and it is very, very difficult. So you have done very well to capture these two.
I thought I might take your image and lighten the birds a little. But in the process of pushing the "curves" line upwards, the image brightened and that wonderful bird feeder became the centre of my focus. So I stopped. Now I think the two darker birds support the ornate bird-feeder which becomes the focus of the image.   Posted: 09/09/2020 20:13:54
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thanks, Martin!   Posted: 09/09/2020 20:28:30


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