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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Kevin Ross (kross1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-06 18:56
Viewed: 1695
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this Downy Woodpecker while he was fighting for his spot at the feeder. The Chickadee's were boxing him out but he fought his way through and finally he got a few seeds. He would patiently rest on this branch while waiting for the other birds to leave.

This was taken with the SS at 1/640, aperture f5.6 and ISO at 160. The camera was mounted to my tripod and original capture was shot in RAW. In pp I converted to jpeg, reduced contrast, sharpness, and saturation in BG to let the bird stand out a little more. I increased vibrance, contrast and saturation in the Downy Woodpecker. Finally I added vignette, resized and sharpened. I am curious to read your thoughts regarding this post. Thanks for viewing and have a great day.


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Hi Kevin,
nice telephoto - well focused, sharp details. TFS

I think this is such a nice shot Kevin. The detail and color in the woodpecker is wonderful. And the contrast against the bg...he is so bright and popping off the page. Love it. Well done. TFS, Lori

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-06 22:09]

Hi Kevin,
A sharp close up of this bird in such a wonderful posture!
A marvelous bokeh BG which is isolating marvelously the bird. Perfect lighting and a nice crop for this fantastic presentation.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Nicely composed image Kevin, nice to see the background thrown out of focus.

Nicely muted colours really show of the bird to perfection.

Tripod and shutter speed have helped produce a pin sharp image.

Nice one.


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