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Hummer by Pauline Jaffe

October 2020 - Hummer

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I captured this amazing hummer getting ready to land on my feeder last month.
These creatures are so fascinating. I have been told that east of the Mississippi River the most common hummingbird species is the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. These birds spend the winter in Cental America, Mexico, and Florida.

I captured this image using my Nikon 5600, at ISO 100, f 6.3, at 1/800 sec

8 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
The colors in your background are gorgeous though they do seem to overtake the bird. Good for you for capturing a hummer in flight. Unfortunately, I don't see anything on the bird that is in focus and relative to the background, the bird is darker and less colorful. I don't know if you were on a tripod or not. With my camera, I need to be above 1/1000s to get an image of a hummer that's in focus. I think your DoF was good, but you could go up on your ISO and increase your shutter speed.   Posted: 10/11/2020 18:45:11

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
Thank you for your comments Janice. No, I was not on a tripod. I saw the bird and ran for my camera. I'm wondering, I have heard people who have Topaz plug-in say that they can adjust focus a bit. I don't have Topaz so I don't know if it would work.

  Posted: 10/11/2020 22:14:52

Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
  Posted: 10/13/2020 23:19:43
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Pauline Jaffe   Pauline Jaffe
I reworked the image and hopefully it is better and more in focus. I obtained a 30 day trial of Topaz AI which has a focus corrector, sharpenner, and shake corrector. Then I tried to adjust the background for the extreme brightness.
  Posted: 10/13/2020 23:23:53
Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I agree that the bird isn't much sharper with the Topaz. I think your before and after images give you a good idea of how Topaz works.   Posted: 10/18/2020 19:10:12

David Blass   David Blass
I like the original image better, as the second isn't that much sharper and I think the background in the original is more appealing. Unfortunately grabbing the camera to quickly shoot a fast-moving bird is difficult, and a blurry image is a common result. Does your camera have presets? Mine has three, I think, and I keep one of them set to shoot birds. Then if an opportunity to capture a quick-moving subject arises, I can rapidly choose the preset which has a high ISO, high shutter speed, continuous focus and multiple frames per second.   Posted: 10/16/2020 16:45:58

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
PJ, I agree with Janice and David. I like the original background best for this image. In addition to increasing your ISO to allow for a faster shutter speed, you may want to try adding a diffused, off camera flash to help freeze the bird in flight.   Posted: 10/18/2020 12:43:11

Kerry McFarlane
I like your original image better than the edited one. Disappointing you did not capture the hummer a bit sharper, good practice for getting a super shot next time. Small birds are so hard to get sharp shots of.   Posted: 10/21/2020 02:46:05


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