Ho hummers again

I have been on a quest to try and make the best photos I can of the usual suspects in my yard. I am not satisfied with any of them yet but that's what keeps it interesting for me. I am going to continue this through the summer and see what I can come up with.

Female House Finch

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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Male Northern Cardinal (far from what I have envisioned but I liked the light and color in this one)

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I have always wanted a photo of a bird in this Japanese Maple tree. The cold weather we had in April really hurt this tree and the leaves look awful now. I used the leaves to frame this Sparrow as best I could and also used fill flash to lighten the shadows somewhat. There is a catchlight that isn't apparent in jpeg but it's there. Maybe next year the tree will be pretty again.

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Hi, Andy,

Beautiful captures. I know each of these birds. They have been coming to my feeders every day. And you have nailed them... except maybe the sparrow =-).

Even your cardinal is showing a little attitude... wonderful!

The lighting and backgrounds, contrast and highlights are very well done. They could hardly be sharper, and yet they show some real personality.

Thanks and God bless.
Doug
 
A question if I may Andy. Are you using a script for the frames or a series in an action? Either way, it is nearly as stunning as your capability for excellent captures. Care to share the frame?
 
Andy,

I'm on the same quest as you WRT getting better BYB shots. I have some pretty decent ones, but still not what I want, and I have the same plans as you - keep at it until I learn how to frame, light, expose, and process them just right.

Excellent shots BTW. :smile:
 
A question if I may Andy. Are you using a script for the frames or a series in an action? Either way, it is nearly as stunning as your capability for excellent captures. Care to share the frame?
Thank you for the nice comment!

I will have to give Gail credit for the frame. The link is in her signature. www.atncentral.com There are tons of actions there. A frame like this is really simple to make but a lot of people at the link have already done the work for you.
 
Very nice presentation Andy

We need to get out to shoot again
Very soon Gary. I have new equipment on the way.

Very sharp captures
Thanks!

stunning!
Thanks Dianne!

Hi, Andy,

Beautiful captures. I know each of these birds. They have been coming to my feeders every day. And you have nailed them... except maybe the sparrow =-).

Even your cardinal is showing a little attitude... wonderful!

The lighting and backgrounds, contrast and highlights are very well done. They could hardly be sharper, and yet they show some real personality.

Thanks and God bless.
Doug
Thank you Doug!

Most excellent each of them.

Louie
Thanks Louie!

All very pretty
Thank you Gale!

Beautiful!
Thanks!

Andy,

I'm on the same quest as you WRT getting better BYB shots. I have some pretty decent ones, but still not what I want, and I have the same plans as you - keep at it until I learn how to frame, light, expose, and process them just right.

Excellent shots BTW. :smile:
It's a never ending process but one I thoroughly enjoy.
 
Great links!

Thank you for the nice comment!

I will have to give Gail credit for the frame. The link is in her signature. www.atncentral.com There are tons of actions there. A frame like this is really simple to make but a lot of people at the link have already done the work for you.
Thanks Andy and Gail for those actions. The one that has super impressed me is CSpringer's digital grey card.
 

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