Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, EPSA  

Seeking Nectar by Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, EPSA

July 2024 - Seeking Nectar

July 2024 - Sharon Prislipsky, APSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

We are starting to see more and more female and juvenile hummingbirds now. This image was captured in a memorial butterfly garden planted and maintained by one of our local service clubs. Canon R5; Canon 100-500mm lens with 1.4 teleconverter; mounted on a beanbag on the door of the car.
ISO2500; f/10; 1/8000 sec. The shutter speed must have shifted when I moved the camera on the beanbag - this is much more shutter speed than I needed. However, I do like to underexpose a little bit as it seems I can open up the shadows more effectively than I can tone done highlights which are always a problem in bright , contrasty summer light.
I cropped in LR, then did Topaz DeNoise. Back in LR I set white and black points, tweaked contrast and clarity, and adjusted the tone curve. In Color Efex 6 I added natural polarization and a tiny bit of dynaminc contrast. My last step was to add a vignette.

3 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
Very pretty Sharon. When I pixel peeped, as best as we can at these resolutions, it looked like the bird's head might have been slightly out of the plane of focus. I also feel that the dark area on the bottom right weighs the image down or pulls my attention there instead of to the subject. To address these points I played a bit and added some color and contrast to the bird's head and tried to lighten up the dark area.   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:40:31
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Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Great composition. The pink flower grabs my attention, and leads my eyes to the bird. The high shutter speed really stopped the action. The muted colors of the background and bird generate a peaceful affect. The diagonal position of the stem and flower form many pleasing triangles. The image reminds me of some of the small paintings of Albrecht Durer.
I like Mike's adjustments. Did you use animal/eye tracking, servo, continuous shooting?
  Posted: 07/11/2024 09:15:23

Ann Brixey   Ann Brixey
I really like this Sharon, the leading lines in the petals leads the eye to the bird. The creamy background adds to the overall effect, but I agree with Mike's thought on the dark area on the right. However, it still is a beautiful picture one to be proud of.

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Ann   Posted: 07/11/2024 11:31:59


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