Barbara Mallon  


Male Annas Hummingbird with Agapanthus by Barbara Mallon

October 2020 - Male Annas Hummingbird with Agapanthus

About the Image(s)

I have been playing with combining images. The Anna’s hummingbirds are prolific in my yard so I take lots of photos. I can sometimes catch them with a photo but mostly they are blurry when feeding. So here is one I took of the male near the feeder and superimposed it on a photo of agapanthus. The flowers were cut out to use the same background. I have to catch the hummingbird when he is stationary and with a fast enough shutter-speed to slow the wings, This one has a bit of color in the gorget as well. (1/320th at f 5.6 at ISO 800)


8 comments posted




Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Really nice image of the bird in flight and the flowers. You did a good job of combining the images. The bird is really sharp. I like the blurred background and the composition is good with the bird in a power point. I small suggestion would be to make the white area above the bird to be yellow like the area below the bird. That would make the white on the bird to be the brightest area in the image.   Posted: 10/15/2020 09:24:36



Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
A friend of mine suggested that I reposition the bird and flower.   Posted: 10/15/2020 18:25:20
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Your friend had an excellent suggestion. Now the bird looks like it is moving in on a flower, and the white area that I did not like is gone.   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:49:48



Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Good job on the Hummingbird, these shots are not easy to do. Excellent photo and I do agree with Barbara's friend to put the bird and flowers on a different angel. This would give an excellent ++   Posted: 10/17/2020 12:24:51



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Very nice combination image. I also like to shoot Hummingbird pictures. I used shooting with higher shutter speed like 1/1000 to freeze the wings. Your bird is sharp, properly it was in stationary.
your friend's suggestion is good, even I would move closer.
I had some picture it is touching the stamen.
  Posted: 10/18/2020 00:44:27



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
I favor how well you have composited the hummingbird image over your photo of agapanthus, and your friend's suggestion as well.
In many images having a lighter background pulls one's eyes off the subject, but not here. Your color palette works well also.
Increasing the shutter speed to 1/1500 to 1/2000 second is the advice we here back east. Nice work.   Posted: 10/18/2020 15:46:07



Rich Sears   Rich Sears
I favor how well you have composited the hummingbird image over your photo of agapanthus, and your friend's suggestion as well.
In many images having a lighter background pulls one's eyes off the subject, but not here. Your color palette works well also.
Increasing the shutter speed to 1/1500 to 1/2000 second is the advice we here back east. Nice work.   Posted: 10/18/2020 15:46:08



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I think that the wings fading into the background make an excellent picture special. I love the clarity and all of the colors. I would never have the patience to accomplish something as fine as this. I too agree with your friend, the repositioning adds to the image.   Posted: 10/19/2020 15:15:18



 

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