Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Tough exposure conditions

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This shot was taken near Mindo, Ecuador. The flower was on a terrace of our hotel and was visited by this Rufous-tailed Hummingbird regularly and he would frequently flare his tail when approaching. Unfortunately, although the trees in the BG were far away, they were bathed in bright sunshine. The sun is coming from my left and although it was early in the morning, it still produced a “spotlight” type of lighting. Looks like it was flashed but was not. I had to bring the exposure of the bird up and the BG down considerably. Even though this was shot with an R7 at ISO 5000, I thought it held up well. Shot with an R7, 100-500 at 169mm. SS 1/2000, ISO 5000, f/7.1, EC of +1.0. I had a difficult time deciding on crop. Approx. 33% cropped away from R and bottom.

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Emil Baumbach

Nice shot Bajadreamer.

Mike Warner

A wonderful capture. The Rufous-tailed Hummer is perfectly lit and a great pose. Award Worthy

Mike Warner

I agree that the Rufous-tailed Hummer shot held up well! ISO of 5000 is enough to bring a lot of noise into a photo. I was thinking about trying out Topaz on some of my shots from Panama.