August is hummingbird season in Virginia. Catching these guys means high speed and a lot of bright light, so there’s several things going on with this photo. While the bird is well exposed except for a small section on its breast, some other areas are blown, the flower has some clipped blues and there are out of gamut colors.
I took this as an opportunity to try out the new Filmic V4 color reconstruction (I turned off the highlight reconstruction module), and also did some tweaking with the tone equalizer, color balance, color zones (to selectively reduce the blue saturation) and employed some exposure masks. I’m not sure if I used to new Filmic reconstruction_MG_0113.CR2 (33.4 MB) _MG_0113_02.CR2.xmp (35.9 KB) properly, so I’m interested in your feedback and attempts at it
Hummingbird at Green Spring Gardens by David Goldberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.