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Sep 03, 2011 14:21 |  #1

Tough to get these guys to stay still :)


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Sep 03, 2011 14:40 |  #2

Increase the sharpness and reduce some of the noise. And when you're shooting, close down your aperture a bit to broaden the range of focus. Nice shot, though :)


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Sep 03, 2011 14:51 |  #3

Not too bad, considering the subject - small, fast, constantly in motion. It appears a bit soft with very shallow DOF. You won't stop their wings with the shutter so wing blur is a given.

Composition is problematic with him flying out of the frame rather than into it. And the white blob in the BG draws the eye.

As an aside, our local public station, Oregon Public Broadcasting, has been advertising a humming bird special Sunday night with some high speed photography sequences that should be interesting. And if you're interested, check out this short video - http://www.opb.org …ms/ofg/segments​/view/1701 (external link)


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Sep 03, 2011 14:54 |  #4

A decent shot - well done.


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Sep 03, 2011 18:16 as a reply to  @ Woodworker's post |  #5

Because the background is so indiscrept, it would be easy to extend the 'canvas' to the right so it doesn't look like the hummingbird is going to bump his beak on the edge. I think with a little noise reduction, bump in contrast and a bit of sharpening, your image will be even more improved.

Here's a quick example of what I mean.


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Sep 03, 2011 18:51 |  #6

navydoc wrote in post #13046960 (external link)
Because the background is so indiscrept, it would be easy to extend the 'canvas' to the right so it doesn't look like the hummingbird is going to bump his beak on the edge. I think with a little noise reduction, bump in contrast and a bit of sharpening, your image will be even more improved.

Here's a quick example of what I mean.

Nice edit, big improvement.

And it must be an optical delusion - his beak looks longer....:lol:


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Sep 03, 2011 19:49 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #7

Thanks, I figured someone would say that the hummingbird is too centered now and doesn't follow the rule of thirds. :D

No stretching of his beak...I just added background to the right (I love content aware fill).


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Sep 04, 2011 08:24 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #8

Nice edit Navydoc. I am still learning PS. Could you tell me what tool you used to extend canvas?


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Sep 04, 2011 08:38 |  #9

navydoc wrote in post #13047291 (external link)
Thanks, I figured someone would say that the hummingbird is too centered now and doesn't follow the rule of thirds. :D

No stretching of his beak...I just added background to the right (I love content aware fill).

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Nice edit Navydoc. I am still learning PS. Could you tell me what tool you used to extend canvas?

A fantastic tool in CS5 - Content Aware Fill.


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Sep 04, 2011 09:09 as a reply to  @ Titus213's post |  #10

Getting a good Hummer image is an exercise in preparation; you either use a flash to freeze motion, which I lack, or boost that SS to about 2000, requiring a high ISO and keep that bird in the same plane as the sensor.
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Sep 04, 2011 14:50 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #11

Chuck A...It depends on which version of Photoshop you have. I have CS5 and use overcropping to extend the canvas but if you have an older version, you can use 'image>canvas size'. When that window opens, select the left center square as the anchor, and increase the width. It should then add the additonal width only to the right side of the image. I also prefer to change the measurement to percent...try something like 125%. I also used content aware fill to extend the image into the new area added to the right.

By the way, I hope you don't mind but here is a shot of a Costas hummingbird I took this morning using two flashes.

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Sep 04, 2011 15:10 as a reply to  @ navydoc's post |  #12

Thanks Gene....beautiful shot.


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