Glenn Rudd  

Dining Couple by Glenn Rudd

May 2020 - Dining Couple

About the Image(s)

In November 2017, I attended a photography workshop in Costa Rica. Our third venue was in the high-elevation cloud forest. Our shooting setup was in a covered patio where feeding flowers from the area were placed to attract the hummingbirds. We used shutter-activated flash units. This image of two Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbirds feeding simultaneously was unusual. They are very competitive and usually chase of any rivals.

Technical: 1/200 sec, Flash, f/11, ISO 320, 320 mm

2 comments posted

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Glenn - great shot and it must have been a real thrill to be in Costa Rica - wow.   Posted: 05/21/2020 16:27:22

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
OK, you are pro level!!
First the background is beautiful and really sets a great stage. You did a great job in getting multiple birds almost completely in focus (the back wing of the rear bird is a bit soft--but I won't tell anyone) What really works well is that the eye in both birds is sharp. You might use a brush and increase saturation just a bit in the flower because compared to the background and the birds it is a bit washed out.

You certainly used flash to advantage and used it well.
This is something I am terrible at doing. I would really appreciate if you could explain how you did it. How many flashes, their position and what power settings. I would love to learn from a master.

May I suggest cropping this to a square format because the blank space on the right is distracting and draws the eye away from the birds.   Posted: 05/29/2020 18:38:25


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