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Hummingbird at feeder

By Paully33
Caught my little friend here at the feeder. They are so fast and the slightest move they shy away. This was the quickest shot I could get off of him

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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
10 Aug 2011 11:07PM
Depth of field's excellent but you've just missed the point of focus which is a shame because I can see a potentially really good shot here.
Good try though.


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10 Aug 2011 11:50PM
should I have moved more to the left to capture more of the hummingbird?
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
11 Aug 2011 11:34AM
Hi Paul,
What seems to have happened here is that your camera has focused on the edge of the feeder, the bit nearest to it (and to you) and the bird, being slightly farther back is just disappearing into the blur caused by the DoF.
If you'd moved to the left, as you suggest, the feeder's edge would have been less tempting to your camera's focus as it might not have been the first thing that it "saw".
The downside of changing position would be that you'd be seeing more of the bird's back so I think you were probably best of as you were but focusing more intently upon the bird.
With the aperture you've used it would have been possible to get the bird properly in focus with some blur in front as well as behind.
Your metering is set to "multi" but I wonder how your focus was set up. Spot focus and right on the bird's eye would have been my choice, all of which is easy for me to say sitting here of course!
Your ISO and shutter speed would pretty much guarantee that the focused part would be free of movement.
Compositionally, it's also good. The bird's on a third and facing into, as opposed to out of, the image and it ticks most of the boxes.
I might be inclined to de-saturate the red of the feeder a little but that's a personal thing.
As I said before, there's potentially a really great image here. You've just not quite hit it. And we've all got hundreds of those!
Hope this helps.


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