Shooting and cleaning a hummingbird

Jan 26, 2005
San Jose, CA
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.

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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.

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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.
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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