Friday, September 18, 2015

More Birds and Blooms

I liked this composition — and I stress composition. Focus is not there. The hummingbird's eye is only softly focused. That can happen when there is something closer to the camera that autofocus senses. The forward facing bird is nestled between the two blossoms is nice though.

If this hummingbird wasn't visiting the flowers, I would throw it out based on the wings being almost non-existent. They visited so infrequently, I couldn't bring myself to chuck it. I do like the way he has his head stuck in the flower, though.

I had to laugh when he got to this flower. Look at his feet. He would like to land and spend a little time sampling that flower. They do the same thing at the feeder where they will continue to hover, but lower their feet so that they are barely resting on the edge of the feeder.

I kind of bad-mouthed the Torenia in an earlier post, and I am not wild about the blossoms, but I do like the little splash of yellow in their throats. You can see the wishbone structure in the top blossom which gives it it's common name of the wishbone plant.

When the hummingbirds start sampling the flowers, I start shooting at a faster rate, but I don't use the burst function on the camera. I have found that you can quickly fill up the camera's buffer and you won't be able to take anymore shots until it begins to clear. I shoot in RAW format, so the files are full-sized and close to 20 Megabytes a piece. If I shot in jpeg format, I probably could shoot almost without pausing — but it would limit the options in post processing.

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