Leslie Larson  

Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Hollyhock by Leslie Larson

September 2023 - Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Hollyhock

About the Image(s)

This month I've been practicing with my new Canon R5 mirrorless on my hummingbird visitors. What a steep learning curve! This was one of my favorites. f/7.1, 1/2500, ISO 1000, 300mm.

7 comments posted

Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
A very pretty shot, great use of a compositional basic: shart tonality, light and dark. Wings frozen at 1/2500. Good job   Posted: 09/04/2023 20:23:18

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
I like the wings. The photo is soft for some reason.   Posted: 09/05/2023 07:06:27

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Leslie, this is a very strong composition. Like the flower being sharp and stem/buds being soft. Body of the Hummer is sharp but the wings are not. Very hard no matter what speed you shoot at. A friend of mine does amazing hummingbirds and he uses three to five syncronized flashes because the strobe are so fast. Still a very nice high key image.   Posted: 09/05/2023 08:06:14

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
The hollyhock isn't as sharp as I'd like due to the aperture setting. I rather like the wings showing some motion, complete stop motion I don't think would have the same feel. But it was the composition that made this photo for me, plus the blank sky background.   Posted: 09/05/2023 16:28:37

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Super shot, with a background that doesn't distract. I am happy with your sharpness, and to alter sharpness on the flower could oversharp the bird. I might suggest a small amount of shadow lightening to increase the beautiful patterns on the bird.   Posted: 09/09/2023 06:12:51

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Well done, Leslie. It is very difficult to get the wings of a hummingbird sharp except with a powerful multi-flash setup. Try doing some selective sharpening in a plug-in such as Topaz, masking out the bird so it doesn't get overdone.   Posted: 09/18/2023 11:00:26
Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
I may have to bite the bullet and buy Topaz. So many of my friends use it and swear by it.   Posted: 09/18/2023 15:42:52


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