Lauren Heerschap  

October Hummer by Lauren Heerschap

October 2020 - October Hummer

About the Image(s)

This was taken at ISO 200, 142 mm, f9.0 at 1/125 sec. on my Olympus OMD EM Mark 2. I think the bird was cold, because he actually didn’t move for a minute! I liked that he blended in with the green moss and the contrast of the red leaves. It is titled, “October Hummer”. I think the bird is an Anna’s Hummingbird, sometimes they stay in the Seattle area for winter.

6 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, I enjoy seeing a hummer in a different, natural context than we have in Pennsylvania. It's a good exposure and you were fortunate to have a temporarily quiet model. The original scene is a bit chaotic. I did a small crop leaving the hummer in the right third. Then I added a slight vignette using the Gradient tool in Photoshop Elements at 20% on each corner. Finally I added a Levels layer to reduce the background to 80% luminosity while masking out the hummer so he would be exactly as originally exposed. It's still the same image but local tones are adjusted to bring attention to the beautiful bird. Karl   Posted: 10/09/2020 16:04:57
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Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Lauren, this image captures the crisp vibrancy of autumn, and the incredible diversity of life in this wonderful place. I love how the bird blends in so perfectly with the leaves, twigs, moss and lichens. A great example of protective mimicry. One has to look carefully to find him (or her). The repetition of the bird's green and chalk colors in the brush is great. There even is a catch light in the eye. Hoorah for Autumn.   Posted: 10/10/2020 19:00:14
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Judith, I love your prose! Happy Autumn to you!   Posted: 10/20/2020 12:01:57

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Amazing how you found this little bird sitting!!! I love the contrast of the green and red, but the bird does get lost amongst all the shrubbery and I feel that Karl's done a terrific job...and quite a simple one.....of bringing the attention onto the bird alone. The image is retained and we can now appreciate his environment, but the star of the show pops and commands centre stage. Well captured!   Posted: 10/20/2020 02:38:02
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
thank you Valerie!   Posted: 10/20/2020 12:01:34

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Beautiful bird and foliage! Great job of catching it all. I like Karl's crop, but I'd soften the edges even a little bit more.   Posted: 10/20/2020 16:50:51


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