Ally Green  

Sweet Nectar by Ally Green

October 2020 - Sweet Nectar

October 2020 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

On our deck in Colorado we have the wonderful hummingbirds that visit us in the summer so i sit on the deck with my 100-400mm lens to capture their love of my plants! Usually in the early morning and the late afternoon they ‘hum’ around. This is one of my favorites… Shot at 1250 F5.6 ISO 2500. I put it into Topaz Denoise and just moved some of the sliders in Lightroom.

7 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I like this image a lot. I was very slightly bothered (very slightly) by the flower in the back, and by the crop and felt like playing. I added a blur layer and applied it around the bird to draw more attention to the bird and the wonderful red flowers it was feeding from. I might have decided to remove that rear flower but in the end felt like it was a toss-up.

The really pretty red flowers were pulling me away from the bird, accentuated by the somewhat panoramic crop you employed. I cropped off the right side and had to remove a couple of petals that were sticking in.

Very beautiful image.   Posted: 10/08/2020 15:50:25
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Mike and hadn't thought of doing the vertical crop like you and Lisa suggest. I like it. Did think also that the red flower in the back was a bit distracting but also gave it a bit of background...a toss up!   Posted: 10/11/2020 11:56:11
LC Boros   LC Boros
I agree with what Mike says about the red flowers pulling focus: I'd go back to the original and crop vertically to include the yellow flower and then I'd actually clone the background to add a bit more vertical space.

Focus, light and colors are all great.   Posted: 10/20/2020 16:05:11

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
What lovely colors you have in this image. The greens and reds of the flowers are lovely, and they pull my interest.
The foreground reds lead me to the hummingbird. Each part, the bird and the red flower is strong. I think a vertical crop would be another way to focus on both the hummer and foreground flower. The bird's eye could be at the top right power point. Good attention would then be on the foreground flowers, green leaves, and the hummingbird. Like Mike, I think a vignette would pull attention to the subject and detract from the less interesting red flower in the background.   Posted: 10/10/2020 06:17:11

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
How fortunate you are to just sit on your deck and photograph this little hummer. Beautiful composition and good focus on the eye with a little catch light. I agree with a tighter crop to put the main focus on the bird and less on the flowers. The flower in the back doesn't really bother me but a vignette would help decrease any attention it might draw. I might even try a white vignette.   Posted: 10/11/2020 12:30:16

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Beautiful image. The detail, sharp focus, colors, and context are wonderful. I really like Mike's crop. I vote for keeping the red flowers in the background, together with those left and right they frame the bird nicely.   Posted: 10/13/2020 20:01:39

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
How fortunate that you had flowers right on your deck that attracted these amazing little creatures. The catch like makes the bird look very life-like in my opinon. I think the red is beautiful, but for me it is too intense and takes attention away from the hummer. A vignette blur might work, but I would also consider desaturating red and lowering red luminosity a bit, then perhaps do the opposite with green on the bird. I think it benefits from the crop on the right as Mike has presented it.   Posted: 10/15/2020 13:48:24


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