Thomas Bell  

Sitting Pretty by Thomas Bell

September 2020 - Sitting Pretty

September 2020 - Thomas Bell


About the Image(s)

Photo taken at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D

Exposure Time: 1/320 sec ~ F Number: f/6.3

ISO: 400 ~ Exposure Program: Normal

Metering Mode: Spot ~ Exposure Bias: 0.33 EV

Flash: No flash ~ Focal Length: 400 mm

Lens Model: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Processing: Detail Extraction 25% & Radial Blur

Background & Crop

7 comments posted

David Blass   David Blass
Thomas, this is a lovely image of a perched hummingbird, not easy to capture. I really like the color combination, with the rusty background offsetting the green of the bird, and placing the hummer in the center of the shot was a good choice. For me, the radial blur doesn't help the image, as it creates a sense of movement which is contrary to the stationary bird's pose.   Posted: 09/11/2020 08:24:42
Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thom, I think this is a nice shot of a sitting hummingbird. I agree with David on the radial blur.

I don't know if you had a chance to see a recent post by Larry Treadwell on our group's bulletin board with a link to a video on editing birds eyes, but if not, here is the link:

I thought it did a good job of showing techniques for emphasizing a bird's eye.   Posted: 09/11/2020 10:37:22
Thomas Bell   Thomas Bell
Thank you for the link Walter! I will take a look..   Posted: 09/18/2020 23:03:50
Thomas Bell   Thomas Bell
Thank you! I now see how the radial blur might be distracting.   Posted: 09/18/2020 23:02:45

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
What a pretty little guy. Humming birds are challenging subjects. I agree with David's comments about the radial blur. It just doesn't make sense with the stationary bird. Might I also suggest removing some of the branches which are light and compete with the bird. Also, on my monitor, the bird isn't sharp. In my experience of photographing hummingbirds, I need to keep my shutter speed up around 1/1000th. Still, a beautiful bird.   Posted: 09/13/2020 13:47:44

Thomas Bell   Thomas Bell
Thank you for the kind comments and suggestion.   Posted: 09/18/2020 23:05:37

Muhammed Rafeek   Muhammed Rafeek
Great effort in capturing the little champ, radial blur didn't help much, adding catchlight to the eyes could have added more life to the pic   Posted: 09/20/2020 12:31:44


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