<< Previous Next >>

Male downy woodpecker

Male downy woodpecker
Photo Information
Copyright: Lori Morra (loribird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony A350, TAMRON DI 200-500
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-02-28 15:42
Viewed: 1313
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long exhausting rainy day in NY. This shot of a male downy woodpecker was taken on a rare bright sunny day. Too bright actually and I was shooting into the sun which was not ideal. But I think he is in focus
:-). Just wish he wasn't so dark. I hope you like him. Have a fantastic week!

brech, tnahari, werdir has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekLens members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekLens members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To werdir: Out of focusloribird 1 03-01 16:50
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Lori - there are some good points here and I'll start with those :-)

Bird photography isn't easy, so kudos for trying and making a good job of it :-) The colours of the bird look fine, it's bright enough for me and I like the angle of the tree, the slight diagonal is more interesting than something completely vertical, I think.

Now, my thoughts here - firstly, a bit of a general one. I get an impression that your bird shots could be a touch sharper, but I'm not sure what the problem is. There may be an issue with camera shake - a rough rule of thumb is that the shutter speed should be at least 1/focal length. I think you shot this at 500mm, so that would equate to a shutterspeed of around 1/500. That can vary depending on various factors, but it's a good rule of thumb.

Another way that may help the sharpness here is the general composition. It's very tight on the bird and I think you could afford a little more space above and to the left. Whether the crop is down to pp work or was decided in-camera I don't know - but either way more space may help.

FYI the sharpness isn;t *bad*, it's just not spot on :-)

Anyway, good overall shot :-)

  • Great 
  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2011-02-28 16:56]

dear Lori,
a wonderful picture of beautiful woodpecker,
its vertical figure is very lovely,
especially the sharp mouth, the stripes of face and the red mark on head are splendid,
blueish color in the shadow is attractive against blurred lighted back,
thank you for your excellent shot,

These are such cute birds, Lori. Your capture is very nice indeed. Clear image and the depth of field works very well.

  • Great 
  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-02-28 18:28]

Another nice image of this woodpecker.

The rule-of-thumb Kilted-Arab speaks of may help you get that final bit of sharpeness for your wonderful bird portraits.

Keep those bird shots coming because you have some amazing variety of images.


He look so sad...got stood up, dude? Very nice capture though. I like the colors. Great dof with nice blurry bg. Well done, tfs.

  • Great 
  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-28 22:41]

HI Lori,
Another great bird shot of this woodpecker in such a smart upright position.
Beautiful profile with the plumage well described.
Good lighting and a wonderful bohek BG.
Sharpness is a little weak!
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Lori,
You are indeed lucky to have such a variety of birds in your area to shoot with your camera.I like this colorful woodpecker
& how you have used a tight crop to better show him off.There seems to be a blueish cast to its feathers,is that it's normal coloring?as I'm not that knowledgeable in bird recognition. Also I took the liberty of doing a WS for you,hope you don't mind.

A captured moment of an interesting woodpecker showing daily life

Hi Lori,

Another super shot from you. Lovely composition and colours on the bird. I don't think he is too dark you have that lovely bokeh background to compensate.



Dear Lori
another sweet bird caught with your camera. it looks so soft and tender. beautiful colors. nicely composed on the trunk.

  • Great 
  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-03-01 6:29]

Hi Lori,

Great capture and excellent POV of the woodpecker.
Excellent sharpness and détails of the plumage, light and B/G are splendid.
My best regards.

Hi Lori,

This is a nice shot of the male downy, always a pleasure to see one. Some excellent suggestions regarding camera shake and shutter speed have already been made, so I won't go back into that. There's also another consideration that hasn't been mentioned and that is that the shutter speed may too slow for a quick bird like this. If you look closely at the claw an lower body, the sharpness is much better than the head, shoulder and upper body in general. These guys move quickly with their hammering, so he might have just started to move here. Just something to think about concerning shutter speed.

Warm regards,

  • Great 
  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2011-03-01 19:40]

Very nice photo of a woodpecker, Lori
I think It would look better if leaving a little more space on the top.

Very beautiful capture.
I like it.
Greetings, Stefan

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-03-02 9:11]


Un captage parfait avec le tronc et ce noeud qui fait comme un oeil et ce oise avec le pattes, comme il s'accroche à la branche, splendide.

Bravo et amitié


  • Great 
  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-03-04 2:43]

HI Lori, congratulation for this shot of a beautiful woodpecker. Very well composed and all details are clear.I only hear our woodpecker, but can´t see him or catch him with my cam:-(((
Regards Rose

Calibration Check