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Old Jan 15, 2005, 9:01 AM   #1
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Well, the Pileated Woodpecker did return last night! The photos aren't as
good as a wanted, but while I was waiting for him from a good hiding place,
the temperature was dropping like a rock and wasn't dressed for it (note:
lesson learned). So I retreated to the shelter of my truck which was twice
the distance I wanted to be and had to kick up to ISO 400 to get the reach
with the flash (another note: ordering a beamer), so noise became something
of an issue. He either didn't notice the flash, or didn't care, because he
kept going about his business like I wasn't there. He was peckin' around at
several of the trees before he finally retired. So, at this point, it seems I haven't
made an impact on his habits yet.

The following are the settings: 100-400L @ 400mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, 420EX flash

processing: ACR -> crop to 50% -> Neat Image -> resize -> 0.3, 100% USM -> save for web





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Old Jan 15, 2005, 12:03 PM   #2
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great bird. great oppertunity. The photo's are ok too, there's always room for improvent ofcourse . The last picture lacks perspective, i think it's the flash that makes it look that way. But you probablydidn't have the oppertunity to shoot without flash.

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Old Jan 15, 2005, 2:28 PM   #3
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I'm glad he returned today. You made a good try and what you got is better than what I have so far of Woody's. I haven't seen a Pileated Woodpecker before but I do have the Downy's and Red Belly's visit my yard quite often. A few years back, before I started taking pictures of birds I hada Red Belly raise some chicks in a birdhouse on a tree in my b.y. Of coarse he had to peck the hole out larger to get in. That house is still there but I have never seen anything else in it yet. I also have a couple of Blue bird houses that I made and last year there was 3 sets of chicks raised in one of them. Didn't have the DRebel then. Keep up the good work, I for one really enjoy seeing your stuff.
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Very nice woodmeister. At least you got some good shots. I haven't seen these in bay area, only downy & nuttall woodpeckers.
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 2:54 PM   #5
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At least you got some good shots.
I meant coz of the flash inspite of all the cold. I got my beamer yesterday but haven't tried it.
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Very nice shots and dedication to duty woodmeister. This bird is the one responsible for me getting crazy into photography so it has a special (or terrifying) meaning for me. These are really nice photos and I think that a touch of lightening, contrast and a touch of noise reduction might bring out more of the inherent attributes. Whites are blown a bit in my renditionbut the bird's attributes seem slightly more visible to me and I like to see this bird since it's so cool and kooky looking, not to mention the color.Here's a sample of what I mean(hope you don't mind me taking liberties here):


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Old Jan 15, 2005, 7:11 PM   #7
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I like what you did Normcar. It brought up the colors.
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 7:33 PM   #8
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Thanks bobby, and all I did was make it easier to see what a special photograph it is after all of that work that woodmeister went to to get it. I look forward to seeing the next posting as I'm sure that this woody is going to hang around for awhile yet and I know that the other woody (woodmeister) isn't planning to go anywhere but to where this woody is.
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 7:54 PM   #9
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Great captures, woodmeister.

Great DOF and sharpness.

Very, very cool!!!
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Old Jan 16, 2005, 4:33 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the comments. I will be returning to this site often, because
even if I can't get any photos, this guy is just really fun to watch. Hopefully,
there might be some oppurtunity for nesting documentation. I need to
collect information on their habits, because it would be nice if I could locate
other areas that he frequents during the day and document his daily routine.

No problem Norm. I like the results you got and will go back and
massage the rest. I normally do the initial capture, go away and come back
later to review the images, sometimes tweeking, sometimes not. I was just
so excited about these, I just wanted to get them out.
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