Marcela Stegemueller  

Puzzled Hummingbird by Marcela Stegemueller

February 2021 - Puzzled Hummingbird

About the Image(s)

In Georgetown, Tx where I live, we had a rare snowstorm on January 10, 2021. It lasted for an entire day and we had lots of opportunities to make beautiful photographs (for people who could brave the temperatures). Our winters are usually mild. In fact, I have a hummingbird or two that stay here during winter. I was able to photograph one of them that day. He kept coming to the feeder and sitting there. I called my picture "Puzzled Hummingbird at Feeder." I took the picture at 122mm with my 70-200mm lens. My settings were 125 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 125. I cropped it to give more importance to the tiny hummingbird. I then selected the background and applied a gradient to cover the dark shadows made by the trees. Using another 50% grey layer, I dodged the bird's body and eyes.

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7 comments posted

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
Great capture! I love the grey background, because it enhances the feeling of the photo...cold!! The bird feeder pops on the image along with the bird. The water droplets on the bottle are great as well. Really love this!!   Posted: 02/10/2021 12:57:44

Mary Hinsen   Mary Hinsen
Hi Marcela - I love what you have done. Your simple colour palette is great; that and the texture remaining in the background really amplify the cold and make the bird and feeder really pop out :)   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:59:14

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Wonderfull capture; don't see many of these guys puzzling over snow and ice. It would of been tempting to crop more to show more of the hummer but you're framing perfect. Tells the whole story with the ice and snow, and as others have mentioned, the background adds to that story of winter and cold. And how out-of-place this little guy must have felt that day.   Posted: 02/12/2021 15:02:19

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I like this image quite a bit although I wouldn't classify it as a "close up". You have a very "clean" image with a wonderful blurred snowy background that shows off the red colors nicely. Good sharpness and detail.   Posted: 02/15/2021 16:21:55
Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Cindy, you are absolutely right. I will try to stick to either macro or the definition of close-up.   Posted: 02/16/2021 20:21:13

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I like the colors, the red pops out, and the bird is nice and sharp. I cannot think of anything I would change.   Posted: 02/26/2021 09:33:30

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Praying for you in Texas. I've heard a lot about the tough winter there. Hope thing are better. Winds have been an issue here in CA. Very little rain.

This picture tells the story well. Composition, background, lighting, focus, all came together. It does look like the bird is wondering what to do. Zoom in on some birds for future shots. I've tried some bird shots, they seem to know when you point the camera at them. I missed a shot of a condor in a tree a few years ago because she flew away as I pointed the camera.   Posted: 02/28/2021 17:04:51