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Allen's hummingbird at the Page Museum

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These are a couple of the crisper and closer photos I've taken of a hummingbird. It probably helps that I haven't (yet) cropped the hell out of the above image for a closer view. 

There are a bunch of hummers that hang out by the sage in front of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in L.A. I was taking a break from Sunday's CicLAvia event when this guy/girl came buzzing around -- it was really a matter of picking up the camera and telephoto, aiming and firing. 

Camera & Settings on top photo: Nikon D5100, Nikon 70-300mm lens at 280mm, 1/2000th shutter speed, f/5.6, ISO 400. Shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom. I cropped nearly 40 percent of the original image. 

Below is another shot that was hugely cropped, thereby resulting in a lot of digital noise that I terminated via Topaz's anti-noise software (well the free trial of it). It's a pretty cool photo but I'm obsessing that there's some chromatic aberration on a few of the sage leaves (it could just be leaf fuzz, so says my domi partner) and perhaps some banding in the background. Thoughts?

I know, I know. Who gives a shit? It's not like I'm getting paid for this! I'm just a dude looking to sell the occasional print to help for my next camera/beer/both. Anyway, click below to see larger. 

Camera & Settings: Nikon D5100, Nikon 70-300mm lens at 220mm, 1/1600th shutter speed, f/5.6, ISO 400. Shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom. I lost nearly 90 percent of the original image because I cropped so close. If I can fix the issues bothering me, I can easily get a decent print out of this at 16 inches wide or so. 

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