Deep Green Photography

 In an attempt to capture the essence of a beautiful tiny hummingbird flitting through the cloud forests of Costa Rica, I used a slow shutter speed and flash to photograph this male Magenta-throated Woodstar. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, and their irridescent colors are due to refraction of light, not pigmentation.
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 When I visited the Atacama deserts of northern Chile recently, I was struck by the spare beauty of the region; it couldn't be more different than my normal everyday studio in the tropical rainforest! While I was captivated by the lack of life in this area, one of the driest on the planet, I still longed for a bit of color and maybe even some feathers :-)

My wish came true very late one afternoon as I visited a highland lake with my friends. A lone Chilean Flamingo was foraging right next to us on the path! I immediately changed from my telephoto lens to a wide angle, screwed on a polarizer, and grabbed a flash (which I always have handy no matter where I go). My idea was to expose for the larger scene, look for some compositional lines, and then use the flash to slightly fill in the shadows on the bird caused by the sun setting to my left as I viewed the scene. 

After a couple of shots I had things dialed in and began shooting. The flamingo, however, was just kind of mulling around with its beak in the mud. I needed a more dynamic pose and, luckily, was rewarded with one for just a split second as the flamingo lifted its head and stretched out its back leg. This is the shot I envisioned from the moment I came upon the scene, and I was so happy to have accomplished it. I hope you like it!

For the photographers out there, here's the technical info!

Canon 5DsR, Canon 16-35 mm f/4 L IS zoom at 22 mm, circular polarizer, handheld, f/22, ISO 500, 1/50, flash on-camera at TTL -1

Processed in Lightroom with some slight selective adjustments for color and contrast, a very light rotation to correct for the horizon line.
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