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Shooting and cleaning a hummingbird

Discussion in 'Birds' started by Uncle Frank, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Hummers are appetizing little creatures, with built in toothpicks. Maybe that's why they're extinct in Europe :) .

    But I'm referring to shooting them with my d70, and cleaning them up for visual enjoyment. You can't always get good exposures
    on these unpredictable, fast fliers, so post processing is a must. Here's the unprocessed original, just cropped and downsized.

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    I was in a hurry, so I cropped, cloned out the feeder tube and one catchlight, adjusted levels, and sharpened.

    View attachment 5060

    Looking at it a few days later, I realized I had done the picture an injustice. This time I removed the color cast, did a more
    thoughtful job of adjusting levels, and a better job of selective sharpening.

    View attachment 5061

    I think it's greatly improved. The lessons I learned are to be more patient about showing my pics, and more thorough
    with the post processing.
  2. thats a hum dinger of a nice shot UF. 8)
  3. Thanks, Harris. Even tastier after cleaning :) .
  4. Flew


    Jan 25, 2005
    Great series UF.

    I think that we all go through at least some variation of the process that you have documented here. In a hurry, we take the quick and dirty approach, only to realize later that a shot has much more to give. :wink:

    Thanks for the nice shot and the perceptive insight. :eek: 

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