Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

May 6, 2011

Hummingbird Help?

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Hi everyone.  I haven’t been around much this week.  I’m not even really sure why.  Just been one of those weeks playing catch-up, it seems.  And the blogging muse didn’t have much to say, I guess.  But that’s okay right?  Because I blog when I feel like it?  I even got a little mention over at Kathy’s place on Wednesday and didn’t see it until tonight.

Even though I haven’t been typing as much this week, I have still had my camera handy.  My little hummingbird has made a repeat appearance and I am reaching out for some advice.  In my zeal to capture the little one at a high shutter speed, I forgot to account for the fading light when I saw the little cutie at my “rhodo-azaeleas” and I got this picture:

I love the composition of this shot, but as you can see, it is wayyyyyyy underexposed.  In Photoshop Elements, I attempted to lighten the shot, but ended up with far too much noise:

Okay friends, give me the truth, is there hope for this shot?  Can anything be done to save it?  Anyone able to give me some advice on what to try to fix it?  Anyone want to take a shot at fixing it themselves?  If anyone can answer “yes” to any of these questions, I like this shot too:

Thanks for any thoughts or advice you may be able to leave me in the comments.

ETA:  I played a little more in PSE this morning with the second shot.  I brightened, added a noise reduction filter and a layer of gaussian blur around the bird:

hummingbird edit

I’d still be interested in any other editing thoughts folks might have! Thanks again.