Violet-tailed Sylph

Sometimes you cannot have it all

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When shooting a photograph of birds, ideally I like to have it all. By that I mean beautiful bird, great background and perch, high IQ, good head angle (bird looking at me), engaging action. Unfortunately that scenario is uncommon, even rare. So we all take what we can get. This bird, a Violet-tailed Sylph, is a good example of that. Beautiful bird-yes; beautiful flower (“perch”:)-yes, nice background-fair to good; good IQ-fair to good; action-yes BIF with tail flared. What we do not have is head angle-the bird is looking away from me. In this scenario, truly you cannot have it all. If you want the beautiful tail colors you have to look at the bird from behind. He is interested in the flower (actually he is interested in another hummingbird out of the image that is trying to come to the flower at the same time). Shot with a Canon R5, 100-500 lens, ISO 6400, SS 1/2000. f/5.6. Slight crop from L and bottom. Processed with DXO PR, PS, and Topaz DeNoise AI.

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Great capture! Love the colors in this shot.

Mike Warner

I appreciate reading the aspects of a shot you feel contribute to a GreatBirdPic. I think you chose the rear-view shot of the Sylph for the right reason. The colors of the tail are beautiful and compliment the red of the plant.