This image is most decidedly a composite. Back in 2016 I was taking deliberately out of focus images of our flower gardens to potentially use as backgrounds. On July 6th I took one such and by sheer coincidence we had some really cool striated clouds that evening. A few days later when processing I got the idea of combining the color from the garden with the striations from the clouds to create the background. At the time, that was all I did and itsat there for 4 1/2 years. This last year was rather full of losses among my acquaintances and relatives and I’ve been working on sympathy cards a lot. I happened to run across that file again and the idea of adding the hummingbird occurred to me. After searching bunches of hummingbird images in my files, I found one taken only a week from the background images that appealed to me. The rest was just adjusting saturation, tonality and light to get the effect I was looking for.
Is this a composite: Yes
Garden taken with a 7DII and 150-600 at 546 mm, I used the same equipment for the hummingbird, but don’t recall the focal length (probably 600 mm). The cloud formation was taken with a 5DIII and 70-200 f/4 lens at 70 mm. I combined the garden and cloud shots by using the garden as the base layer and the clouds above it at reduced opacity (I suspect I’d try a different method these days, but it got me where I wanted to go).
Very thoughtful of you Dennis. The photo turned out really well. An interesting creative process to use three different images of different aspects of nature and then combine them to get a lovely result.