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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker
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Copyright: Gregory Lazzaro (glazzaro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 13:15
Viewed: 5270
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well I got up early today and decided to go out and practice shooting in crappy weather. No sun, gray skies, and a light ice shower, basically just nasty all around! So grab a thermos full of coffee and went inside the hide. Let me tell you it was really cold and did not believe I would last long. I did tough it out for about 3 hours, by that time the coffee was gone and my toes were numb so back in the house I went, but not before I got some pretty good shots.

Here is one of the Red Bellied Woodpecker. I used my Sigma 120-300 and put on the 1.4X TC in order to get a really close up shot. I was quite pleased with the results considering the weather was not helping.


My setup when shooting:

1. Setup a fallen log using a tree stand to hold it upright, placed peanut butter in the naturally formed crevices.
2. The branch standing upright looked just like one of the dead trees the woodpeckers love to beat on.
3. Setup the two man hide/blind about 15 feet away from the branch.
4. Set the camera to manual mode.
5. Fired off several shots each time, checked the results and then fire off some more.
6. I constantly checked the level meter in the camera for changes in the light strength.

Camera Settings:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Special Equipment: none
Processing: Saturation, contrast and levels.
Weather: Afternoon (11:48 AM)
Tripod : Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens : Sigma 120-300mm with 1.4X TC
Focal Len : 420mm
Flash : No
Exposure Mode : Manual Mode
Metering Mode : Multi Pattern
Exposure : +1.0
Shutter : 1/160
F Stop : F 4
ISO : 250

InI23, vanderschelden, cecilia, jaycee, dew77, GLEM, Alex99, simon182, Evelynn, coasties, horia, scottevers7, livios, JoseMiguel, jmp has marked this note useful
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  • InI23 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 6 N: 29] (158)
  • [2007-01-28 13:17]

Awesome shot! I love the composition and the sparkle in his eye. Very very cool. No complaints.


WOW !!!!!!

Good work again as always...
No critiques...
Orange and red colour are a delight.
Background grey goes very well with the above mentioned colours...

Awesome shot indeed, I love the colour and the eye detail.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-28 13:33]

Hi Gregory,

Don't know what happened to what I just wrote. This was worth the 3 hours in the cold. Just beautiful. I love the red eye and sparkling eye.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-28 13:37]

Hello Gregory,
Magnificent capture.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp as always.I liked lighting,glisten eyes and POV a lot.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-28 13:41]

hi Gregory,
merci pour cette image fabuleuse. La composition est originale et la qualité vraiment au rendez vous.


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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-01-28 14:18]

Hi Greg,

Another wonderfull woodpecker,with great colors and sharpness,well composed,TFS


SUPERB! Wow! What a wonderful capture! I like the light and atmosphere in your photo. Everything is perfect. Great work. Thank you for sharing!

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-28 16:01]

Wonderful portrait.Beautifully presented.
perfect work

Hi Greg, really nice to read about how you got this photo. All that hard work paid off!
Love the detail, BG is perfect, and great composition.
Very well done.

A really nice filled image of this woodpecker I like the composition in this one a lot. Again sharp details and great color. :)

Nicely done Greg! Very sharp anf nicely composed image.
Looks to me like it was worth the effort.

I really enjoy reading about your technique. I certainly admire your perseverance. Numb toes finish me in a hurry. So, guess what I got.... Battery heated socks... can you imagine?! They are super. A size "D" battery keeps toes toasty for 7-8 hours. Yo managed great sharpness on the whole bird with that very shallow depth of field. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

hi gregory,
what a lovely capture,
well composed with fine pov,
nice colours,
loght bg is lovely,
very good sharpness & focus,
framed beautifully,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Greg

Nice crop to this shot. Excellent exposure and beautiful clear, sharp details, topped off with a catchlight in the eye. Congrats!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-29 3:20]
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Hi Greg

Another splendid shot from you and a very beautiful bird you present us here today!
It seems your efforts were worth it and the result is a wonderful one!
The 1.4x teleconverter sure aided you to capture such a charming portrait and gave you that extra "mile" so that the head details would really be impeccably sharp.
The colors are indeed brilliant but still keep a very natural look, the DOF is excellent and the vertical composition great!
Bravo, my friend for another top notch picture, and TFS

PS: Do you by any chance have a picture of your hide? I'd be very curious of how it looks like and what magic powers it has that help you take such close shots.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-29 3:32]

Hi Gregory.
Great note. Thank you very much. And Great quality of picture.
I like its perfect details, amazing colours, effective and delicate lighting. I also like the diagonal composition of the shot, framing and presentation. Result is very impressive. Superb done and TFS.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-29 4:13]

Hi Georgy,
Very nice details & exposure only wished you had moved a little to the right so there'd be less of the OOF trunk.
Nevertheless very good.
Badruddin Ali

Hi Greg,
Excellent composition and POV make this shot look very good.
Beautiful subtle colors and fine detail. You are a master at these.
Very well done,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-29 13:02]

Another great portrait Greg with the accustomed quality of your images.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: ***
Note: ***

Except for the too wide frame for my taste, a practically perfect capture.
Cordially... Ricardo

bonjour gregory
c'est excellent comme d'habitude.
felicitations et merci de partage de telle beautés.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-29 14:52]

Gregory, maybe I'd try to add a little bit more of lighting, but it's just an opinion.

Apart from that, excellent colors, sharpness, pov and composition.

Lovely catchlight.

Hi Gregory,
Beautiful close up of this woodpecker!
I like so much the crop and details shown in this picture.
A very good POV to catch the pose of the bird and all the clear and sharp details seen, as always.
You managed so well the DOF to use the overcast sky and turn it into a background that works pretty well in the photo.
Very good the composition.
Congratulations, thanks for share and my best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-30 3:53]

Hello Gregory,
I really admire your patience waiting in a cold hide! But this is obviously the answer if you want to get such brilliant photos of beautiful birds as you do. Very sharp and simple composition of this woodpecker in great focus. Lovely colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-30 16:13]

Hi Gregory,
Really neat image, with perfect exposure, colours, sharpness, pose and composition. Great job!
TFS, José M.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-03-19 9:40]

wow! what a composition, what a focus and details! very well done. tfs

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