Dean Ginther  

Hummingbird by Dean Ginther

May 2022 - Hummingbird

About the Image(s)

For many years I have wanted to get a good picture of a hummingbird in its natural environment. As most of you know, that isn't easy.
I am pretty happy with this image. I took it in Uvalde, TX at a "bird ranch". I have lots of other bird (hummers and others) pics too, which you may see in the coming months.
I edited out some branches which were distracting (fortunately none in between the bird and lens) and did some sharpening and the other usual post stuff.
It was taken with my Sony A7R IV on a tripod - Sony 200 - 600 lens at 600mm; F 6.3, 1/3200, ISO 1250.

10 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Beautifully done, Dean! So did your bird ranch set up flashes to stop the hummers wings? And maybe a background so its a blur?

It's a lovely, clean image, even if it was a "setup" (I was in Texas at the same time at a "setup" birding site).

A couple of tiny tips--maybe lighten the catchlight just a bit, as the eye seems a bit dark. And I might heighten the green on the hummer just a bit to show it off just a bit.   Posted: 05/08/2022 20:01:04
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
This was just an unanticipated hummingbird which happened to find the one flowering bush that was near the blind.   Posted: 05/14/2022 08:44:27

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Lovely. I like you did but to my taste, it is a little dark. I would suggest increasing the exposure and/or the highlights + contrast + decreasing the shadows + decreasing your vignette + increasing the saturation. When I worked on it, I had some issues with the uneven background - possibly easier to correct on the original.   Posted: 05/09/2022 07:34:36
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Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Yes, easy enough to lighten it up. Thanks.   Posted: 05/14/2022 08:45:19

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Nicely framed image of the hummingbird, Dean. The bird is sharp with a bit of blur in the wing. I love its little feet. I do agree that the image is a little dark.   Posted: 05/12/2022 13:19:58
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.   Posted: 05/14/2022 08:45:42

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Dean well caught. I know how hard it is to captured birds in flight not only have you accomplished this but you have got it feeding. Good one.   Posted: 05/13/2022 00:36:04
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Yes, it is good that hummingbirds actually hover for brief periods; otherwise it would be nearly impossible to catch them in flight.   Posted: 05/14/2022 08:46:51

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Dean, this is your best bird shot so far. Well captured, well positioned in the frame with the plants providing a natural framing.
I agree with other comments about brightening up the whole image.   Posted: 05/13/2022 09:44:45
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn.   Posted: 05/14/2022 08:47:08


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