Shirley Pohlman  

Hummingbird at Rest by Shirley Pohlman

October 2020 - Hummingbird at Rest

October 2020 - Shirley Pohlman


About the Image(s)

Shot this from my deck, catching hummingbird at rest. I don’t know anything about hummingbirds, other than to feed them. So please help me with its name. Nikon D610, hand held, manual priority, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1000. Cloned out twig at head in Photoshop. Adjusted shadows, white/black points, dehaze, clarity, texture, crop in Lightroom. Used filter in Topaz to add painterly look to background.

10 comments posted

Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Great edit, Shirley, on this hummingbird. I don't know a lot about hummers either but I think this might be a Rufus. When I lived outside of Memphis I would get 3-4 of these at a feeder. They are very territorial. I wonder if that twig above his beak might be better removed. It almost distracts from his beak. If it's removed, you may be able to crop off a bit of the left side. If it were my photo, I would try flipping it so that he's looking right instead of left. But that's just something I generally consider. Nice job!   Posted: 10/05/2020 13:39:36
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks for the suggestions. I will try that.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:02:07
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I took the suggestions of removing the one branch, then it looked a little void, so I cropped, then removed the little connecting twigs at the bottom because they stood out so much. Also turned it around. What do you think?   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:44:23
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Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
(Group 48)
Lovely little hummer! I kind of agree with Karen about the additional limb above his head. I love the painterly look in your background. Also love how sharp and nicely textured look he has. As always, good job!   Posted: 10/05/2020 16:56:03
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Jamie. It's rare to be able to see one sitting from our house.   Posted: 10/09/2020 14:03:01

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Great picture and editing. Good to see one resting for a change. Using Kaufman's Field Guide the best fit is a male Ruby-Throated. The throat can be dark like that.
  Posted: 10/09/2020 15:48:17

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Quite a skillful edit on a bird that is a pleasure to see still. Karen has a point with the twig but that background I have found to be very difficult to clone. Great image.   Posted: 10/12/2020 08:43:37
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks and see my edit above.   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:45:31

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
AWWW one of my favorite subjects! This is a great photo. Just curious...what would hapen if you took out all the branching except the main one the bird is sitting on? I then might experiment with a textured back ground. Hard to think of an improvement to be made on this image though!   Posted: 10/13/2020 07:48:43
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Jacqueline. See the branch removal above of the edited copy.   Posted: 10/13/2020 15:46:50


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