Hummers and Nemesis

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Description

Costa Rica
Multi-flash set-up
2 OOF partial hummers cloned out from right edge
Bees are everywhere, and the poor hummers are often harassed

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All comments appreciated

Technical Details

Sony A1
200-600 @250
Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec
F 10
ISO 1000
Exposure Program: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-segment


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They must have taken away all the other nectar sources, Sandy! I have seen this kind of crowd at one lodge there, though not the same species. Amazing that so many were in the focal plane. A fine image.

Dennis, there were still several other flowers around, and the hummers came to them also, especially if there were no bees there. I guess the trick here was to have a long, flat-ish vine/flower with minimal depth, be absolutely parallel to it, and have a sufficient DOF . Plus a lot of patience and luck!
For every decent shot, I trashed probably 30 ratty ones. (maybe you experienced the same!)

Really nice shot, Sandy. If for every good shot you only had 30 ratty ones, photographing humming birds, then you are doing really well!:slight_smile: Hummers, in my opinion, are really hard to photograph. Nice catch!

really nice image. Good positioning of the birds And the flowers. I like the composition.

Wow! That’s a lot of hummers Sandy. This is almost whimsical with the one hanging upside down on the vine. Nice work to get five critters in good focus, with a great BG, and nice colors too.

This is a crazy comp–hummers everywhere. My only suggestion is to drop the highlights down slightly, especially on the upside down hummer and flower. Other than that, I like this one a lot…Jim

Wow what an image! Amazing to get all these birds sharp with the bee as a bonus. The poses are great. Love the upside down bird and the one with the fanned tail and spread wings. Nice !!!

Thanks, Allen and Dennis for the EP! Much appreciated

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  • Technical: Love this shot. The only thing I would look at, if it were mine, would be to slightly lighten up the mid-tones on the main star of the show. Wow moment!