Peggy Reeder  

The Hummingbird by Peggy Reeder

July 2021 - The Hummingbird

July 2021 - Peggy Reeder


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I liked the perspective of viewing this hummingbird statue/sculpture through the entryway of the courtyard. I did a lot of lightening and brightening in Lightroom to even out the exposure and to tone down the hot spots. I also cropped it off center. What do you think?

8 comments posted

Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
The framing through the entryway, created a lovely perspective and depth of field. I also love how you included the flower pots, further creating positive depth of field and a second element to compliment the subject. Perhaps you may consider removing 'Exhibit Room', which I find distracting and kind of unrelated.   Posted: 07/09/2021 18:15:17
Peggy Reeder   Peggy Reeder
Yes I think that's a very good idea Joe.   Posted: 07/11/2021 13:32:36
Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
Maybe trying to extract the bird and plants from the background and put it on black? Leave the entry way though.
Interesting subject and I like the way you toned down the entry walkway.   Posted: 07/15/2021 19:43:53

Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I agree that the framing is really well done here. The color contrast between the wall and the actual subject behind it is perfect. While I understand why you would want to include the plants and pots on the left side, I find it really distracting. Overall the image is very pleasing, however when I first look at it my eyes tend to want to analyze those pots before I look at the subject itself. I would have cropped this squarely and eliminated those distractions.   Posted: 07/10/2021 09:21:16
Joseph J Zaia   Joseph J Zaia
Okay Al, I thought I would try your idea, just to see how it would look. Yes, the flower pots are strong, but they are there. Without them, I think the picture is a bit static. See what you think.
  Posted: 07/14/2021 19:27:53
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Al Swanson   Al Swanson
I would agree with you that the image may be static. However, the framing is nicely done and my eyes immediately zoom into the colorful interior and begin studying the subject. I do not have any tendency to wander around the periphery of the image and the framing keeps my eyes where they should be - - on the subject.   Posted: 07/14/2021 21:26:06

Jerry Biddlecom   Jerry Biddlecom
The stone wall is handled well -- not too dark, so you have plenty of detail, and not too bright so that it doesn't detract from the garden within. Nice 'looking through the hole-in-the wall' image. If you moved the shrub on the right to the opening, would that help balance the composition with the potted plants on the left?   Posted: 07/12/2021 05:14:51

Kaylyn Franks   Kaylyn Franks
I like to spend time looking at a photo, so I like the pots and agree with Jerry to move the shrub over to balance. I'd also put a graduated light spotlight on the plants in the pots to secure an anchor. They also start the leading line into the frame with the bird. If you can remove "Exhibit Room" I think it enhances the bird.   Posted: 07/20/2021 16:43:33


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