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Pilieated Woodpecker Winter moment

Pilieated Woodpecker  Winter moment
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 1D MIV, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-19 19:31
Viewed: 3357
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On that morning I left with other friends to do a shooting session on Tufted Titmouse.Cold morning and very little density of our main target,but we were able to capture decent image that I will eventually post.At the end of our session around lunch time that seem ti be my break out point we started to hear that Pileated Woodpecker so lunch was delay for one hour but it was worh it ,that beautiful specie stay around us for a good 10 minutes.That is not the best image I had saw of that specie but I believe that this is a different winter scene.
Thank you for looking. Michel

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-01-19 19:45]

Salut Michel,

Superbe image. Le contraste est bien contrôlé. Les ombres sont bien détaillées et les hautes lumières sont riches en texture. Tant qu'à la netteté, TOP NOTCH. Bravo


Comme je peux voir, tu as pris le contrôle de ton nouveau Mac.

Hi Michel,
I like it. It doesn't show all of the bird but it is wonderful winter scene. Nice eyes and you caught enough sunshine to make the snow pretty much white instead of blue. They really are big magnificant birds aren't they. I like your notes about your day. It looks like you have a bunch of snow as well.
Have a fine day; from cold Alberta.

How wonderful and unusual to catch it at the bottom of the tree so we get the full effect of the snow...that is one of a kind Michel...for sure!

Great colours and well captured. It must have been difficult to handle such a big lens in the cold, and to nail focus on its eyes is awesome. I liked the warm glow on its face.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-20 1:07]

Hello Michel
Nice capture in snow of this giant woodpecker
Thanks for sharing

Hello Michel,

another very nice capture from you.
Well taken with good pov, sharpness and white balance.
Fine colors.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-20 2:10]

Hello Michel,
very nice! great shot of the woodpecker and its a very pretty winter scene with the snow.Wonderful work. TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-20 2:49]

Hello Michel,
beautiful woody seen and well recognized of its red cap. I like to see its pose looking up the tree.Very effective depth of field to push the woody into scenery.


Ciao Michel, beautiful Woodpecker in the snow, splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-20 8:54]

Hello Michel,
The contrasting colours in this photo are very beautiful. Great winter atmosphere. Good sharpness and DOF.

Hello Michel,
Beautiful image of this woodpecker in a winter scene. Fine details, great sharpness, nice colours and excellent POV. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-20 9:31]

Hi Michel.
It is really a very nice winter shot with wonderful individual of the species. I like impressive combination of the thick trunk, fresh deep snow and colourful bird. Lights and shadows are also create a fine impression as well as pleasant smooth BG. Kind regards and TFS.

salut Michel
this is really wonderful capture of handsome woodpecker on root of tree furnished by snow.
excellent coloration and light using/exposure. super details. POV/DOF and vertical composition great.
thanks for sharing. all the best

You've got the focus and exposure spot on, Michel!
very well done!

Hello Michel,
Splendid capture with such lovely colors and perfect details.
Outstanding focus and sharpness.

clarity sharpness colors all great in wonderful scene, very good photo Michel!
TFS Nasos

Ciao Michel. Good details and sharp with splendid colours for the expressive woodpecker.


Buena composición y bien distribuidos los elementos en el conjunto.
Buenos contraste con ese tono rojo del ave que da vida a la escena.
Saludos y buena semana Michel: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-23 12:39]

Hello Michel,
A very fine capture of the Pileated Weoodpecker in the snow at the base of a tree trunk. The snow seems to have helped the l that you used well to achieve fine lighting sharpness and natural colours with good light management.
A fine and interesting shot!
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2011-01-25 14:27]

Hi Michel,
excellent capture, the clarity, color and composition, very beautiful.
Congratulations and best regards ..

Hallo Michel,
a superb capture of this Woodpecker, outstanding sharpness with impressive detail of the eye, splendid colours and light, nice winter scene
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-27 2:27]

Bonjour Michel,
Une image hivernale charmante! Assez amusant de voir le pic surgir de la neige. On peut dire que c'est une image originale qui nous change de celles souvent très classiques vues sur ce site.
Bonne journée

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-24 19:43]

Hello Michel,
An awesome shot of this beautiful Pileated Woodpecker. You have captured him perfectly for all to enjoy viewing. I believe the snow was a real bonus to this attractive image. Excellent detail and gorgeous natural coloration. Great job!!

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