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Comments on: How to get Images of Hummers Perched http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371 Just another WordPress weblog Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:53:06 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 By: Carolyn Ohl-Johnson http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371&cpage=1#comment-863 Carolyn Ohl-Johnson Sun, 16 Jan 2011 02:15:03 +0000 http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371#comment-863 Hi, Alan, I love photographing hummers more than any other bird and I have been cloning out the feeders on occasion. But I love the idea of putting a natural perch near the feeder and can't wait to practice that. Thanks for the tip. I'm totally in favor of improving a photo as long as the integrity of the bird isn't altered. It 's about the beauty and the bird to me. If removing an awkward branch from the background improves the esthetics of the photo, why not do it? Same with a feeder. While feeding at flowers is nice, there is something wonderful about a perched hummer shot, in my opinion. To me, cheating would be altering the color of the bird, adding or removing a crest, etc. But making the background more pleasing is not cheating. If a person couldn't do any manipulating (ie setups) they would miss some gorgeous photo ops. Hi, Alan,

I love photographing hummers more than any other bird and I have been cloning out the feeders on occasion. But I love the idea of putting a natural perch near the feeder and can’t wait to practice that. Thanks for the tip. I’m totally in favor of improving a photo as long as the integrity of the bird isn’t altered. It ’s about the beauty and the bird to me. If removing an awkward branch from the background improves the esthetics of the photo, why not do it? Same with a feeder. While feeding at flowers is nice, there is something wonderful about a perched hummer shot, in my opinion. To me, cheating would be altering the color of the bird, adding or removing a crest, etc. But making the background more pleasing is not cheating. If a person couldn’t do any manipulating (ie setups) they would miss some gorgeous photo ops.

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By: Alan http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371&cpage=1#comment-763 Alan Sat, 18 Dec 2010 14:14:26 +0000 http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371#comment-763 Hey Antonio, It's a great question. Thanks for asking it. Everyone has different tolerances for what is acceptable when it comes to digital photography. My view on it is this: If man introduces an elemant into a photograph in the filed, then man can take the elemant out of the photograph in post processing. Especially if that was the plan before the set up was done. I hope that helps. I also believe that some wonderful wildlife photography can be done by good planning and luck, but most of the fantastic wildlife images have some elemant of control to them. Regards, Alan. Hey Antonio,

It’s a great question. Thanks for asking it.

Everyone has different tolerances for what is acceptable when it comes to digital photography. My view on it is this: If man introduces an elemant into a photograph in the filed, then man can take the elemant out of the photograph in post processing. Especially if that was the plan before the set up was done. I hope that helps. I also believe that some wonderful wildlife photography can be done by good planning and luck, but most of the fantastic wildlife images have some elemant of control to them.

Regards,

Alan.

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By: Antonio Mario Magalhaes http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371&cpage=1#comment-757 Antonio Mario Magalhaes Fri, 17 Dec 2010 18:36:10 +0000 http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371#comment-757 Dear Alan, I just came to your nice blog through A. Morris' newsletters. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The blog on getting birds perching close but not on barbwires was great. On the barbwire blog, I totally agreed w/ your comment on avoiding the barbwires in shots. However, in this case here, of shooting hummers with the help of feeders, I'm not so sure I agree w/ you (and this is a comment, of course). Aren't we cheating somewhat (again, having your own comment on the barbwire situation in mind) and setting up a 'non-natural' environment? I shoot hummers on our backyard (sorry I haven't setup a photo website yet; the one I entered in the field above is where I work professionally). As you surely know, that's a lot tougher. I consider that having them approaching a plant to feed would be somewhat closer to their habitat. Anyway, it's not a simple question and probably it doesn't have a simple answer. Thanks for your blog, Antonio-Mario Dear Alan,

I just came to your nice blog through A. Morris’ newsletters. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. The blog on getting birds perching close but not on barbwires was great.

On the barbwire blog, I totally agreed w/ your comment on avoiding the barbwires in shots. However, in this case here, of shooting hummers with the help of feeders, I’m not so sure I agree w/ you (and this is a comment, of course). Aren’t we cheating somewhat (again, having your own comment on the barbwire situation in mind) and setting up a ‘non-natural’ environment?

I shoot hummers on our backyard (sorry I haven’t setup a photo website yet; the one I entered in the field above is where I work professionally). As you surely know, that’s a lot tougher. I consider that having them approaching a plant to feed would be somewhat closer to their habitat.

Anyway, it’s not a simple question and probably it doesn’t have a simple answer.

Thanks for your blog,

Antonio-Mario

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By: doina russu http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371&cpage=1#comment-553 doina russu Sun, 03 Oct 2010 21:08:19 +0000 http://alanmurphyphotography.com/blog/?p=371#comment-553 Hello,Alan I came here reading the articles of NatureScape. I am very, very impressed with your work! Thanks very much for the wonderful pictures and especially for the "tricks" used! I feel that I "rediscovered hot water" !:) The first thing I do is to make sure that the background and my images will be accurate as I wish, I did not know this trick, - to put a poster for the background! Congratulations for all your work, all my appreciation! Too bad that a distance between us is so great, I have come to a workshop with great interest! Greetings from Romania! (Sorry for my English!) Doina Hello,Alan

I came here reading the articles of NatureScape.
I am very, very impressed with your work!
Thanks very much for the wonderful pictures and especially for the “tricks” used! I feel that I “rediscovered hot water” !:)
The first thing I do is to make sure that the background and my images will be accurate as I wish, I did not know this trick, – to put a poster for the background!
Congratulations for all your work, all my appreciation!
Too bad that a distance between us is so great, I have come to a workshop with great interest!
Greetings from Romania!
(Sorry for my English!)
Doina

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