Image created on September 11, 2013 at the Chinese Garden in Singapore, with Canon EOS-5D Mark III and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS with Canon EF 1.4x Extender III. ISO 250, f/8, 1/125s, Evaluative metering + 1/3 EV.
At the occasion of a family walk at the Chinese Garden in a late afternoon, I came across this couple of Brown-throated Sunbirds, the male in all his subtle colours and the female with her more discreet yellow and olive body and her eyes circled with whitish feathers. The light was challenging with a strong backlight and also the birds were moving very fast from flower to flower. Singapore is blessed with many different gorgeous sunbirds and the Brown-throated ones surely deserve their place in this club.
For both images I optimised the exposure and highlighted the details using Nik Color Efex’ Detail Extractor. Using photoshop I eliminated a disturbing branch in the background of the male image. For the female image, as the bird was on a pine-like tree, the background of the pine needles was looking a bit busy, thus I slightly increased the blur of the background in photoshop. Finally the eyes were given slight punch in both images and the images were given a bit of push in vibrancy.