I’ve been immersed in a couple of projects and haven’t had time to shoot anything (or visit here) for several weeks. One project was destroying a blackberry patch that was becoming overgrown, as the dead canes were a fire hazard. I didn’t like removing it because it was frequented by birds, but it had to go. So yesterday I put up a new feeder in a nearby tree and grabbed the camera to see if I could get a shot or two. This woodpecker stopped by for about a minute and gave me a decent pose in soft light.
Apologies for being behind in viewing and commenting – I should be back above water by next week.
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Is this a composite: No
Canon R5, 100-500 + 2X at 1000, f/14, ISO 1600, 1/500 sec, tripod. Minimal adjustments in LR thanks to soft light. Horizontal cropped from both sides to give about a 50% crop. Topaz NR done but hardly shows at this size. Very minor cloning of left side of perch and bill cleanup. Nik Detail Extractor to bring out a little more BG detail.
Diane, good to have you back. I really like this pose. The details in him are great. Nice lighting. It looks like your new feeder is paying off. To get a woodpecker to pose for you on that limb like this, he deserves a new feeder! That BG is nice too. Just an excellent portrait of him.
I have been busy as well and in time I should be able to contribute more than I have been able to do. The woodpecker is very nice and you were able to get some ideal lighting on the subject as well. I think your edits work well for this image and and the comp is very pleasing to the eye. Well done…Jim
@Shirley_Freeman, @Kris_Smith, @David_Bostock, @Hans_Overduin, @Jim_Zablotny and @Mike_Friel – thanks for commenting! The perch is far from ideal – I need to put one up next to one of the feeders as the odds of anyone landing on a good limb on this tree are not good. I got a decent but tight shot of a Scrub Jay that I may post, but here’s a more typical shot. But AF hit the eye right away and stayed on it as it looked around.
Thanks @Karl_Zuzarte – if it did look at me it was only for a split second – I only shot this one just out of amazement at how the AF hit the eye behind the branches. Not a keeper otherwise. It did an over-the-shoulder look and then another one flew through the frame from my right and this one took off after it. With my luck, the other one had probably been in a nice pose on a much better branch while I was looking at this one – like the Woodpecker above. This tree is a low percentage location.