This year has been a very good year for hummingbirds both at work and at the D’Alise residence. At work I maintain four window feeders. They are the most bother since deer empty them every night.
At home I have four hanging feeders (two 16 oz, and two 8 oz.), and four window feeders (8 oz each). So far this summer we have gone through about 25 pounds of sugar. The proper way to feed hummingbirds is to mix one part sugar to four part water. DO NOT BUY, NOR USE, THAT RED CRAP.
Typically late August (now) they swarm the feeders each morning and evening. They are migrating, so likely each day a new batch of hummingbirds is assaulting my feeders. Sadly, there are fewer each day. But, the good news is I have many photographs that will make fine additions to both the blog and SmugMug.
The one above is not one of them. Often in the evening we sit out and watch the aerial hummingbird wars. On one occasion, we stayed out until almost dark, and I snapped away at the one place that was still bathed in a bit of light. A lawn ornament that served as a perch for one, and possibly more, hummers.
I really had no hope of getting anything usable as the light was very poor, and I was shooting at ISO 2000. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s a setting used when the light is poor. The resulting photos are OK, but they are very grainy. Zooming in for close-ups does not gain you anything because details are lost. The above shot is exactly as it came out of the camera, with no adjustments at all.
There are things one can do to improve how the photo looks, but again, forget about fine details. So, here is the treated version of another photograph.
I should reiterate . . . I could see the bird with my naked eye, but just barely. It is a testament to the capability of the lens and camera that I could get the above shot. And it’s a testament to the processing power of Lightroom that let me get what you see above.
But wait . . .
If one is willing to forgo realism, details, and all that good stuff, one can get interesting and visually pleasing results. The above is the same photograph with a few of the adjustment sliders pushed well beyond my normal settings.
And, one can do more . . .
Let me give you a few more examples of the three treatments.
But, one can do even more . . . . let’s start with the original shot again.
I can’t even tell you all I did. I play around until something looks pleasing to me, and that varies with each photo.
This particular group of photos I was ready to chuck, but then I thought I would play with them a bit. Sure, not everyone will like them, but I do. I’ll end with a few more, but there are more in the SmugMug gallery.
I’ll end with the last two in B&W. I liked how they turned out.
Thanks for perusing my stuff.
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