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Old Aug 5, 2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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A few mornings ago, I had the opportunity to watch a mother red-bellied woodpecker training one of her chicks to take advantage of the surest food supply around....the feeder outside my bedroom patio door. I watched them about five minutes and had trouble keeping from laughing out loud. Mom would go down and get the birdseed



Junior would get so excited watching from the board from which the feeder hangs that he would nearly lose his balance



Patience is not among his virtues



Mom would give in



I shot these through the patio door, and unfortunately, didn't have the camera set for RAW or RAW+, so I was limited on what I could do with post-processing.

I suspect the same mom came back a couple of days later with a different chick (not nearly as fat as this one), but I couldn't get to the camera without spooking them.

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Old Aug 5, 2009, 5:32 PM   #2
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Paul, a wonderful series and great timing in your captures but the pictures suffer from noise. What ISO were these shot at?

I tried Noiseware Community Edition (freeware) on the pictures and was able to improve them a lot. you may want to give it a try. If you want me to post a cleaned up shot let me know.

The last shot is priceless!

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Paul, a wonderful series and great timing in your captures but the pictures suffer from noise. What ISO were these shot at?

I tried Noiseware Community Edition (freeware) on the pictures and was able to improve them a lot. you may want to give it a try. If you want me to post a cleaned up shot let me know.

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Lou, you're entirely correct. These are taken at ISO 3200 with the Bigma at its full length. Pulling up the levels and sharpening to offset shooting through the door caused them to be unacceptably noisy. I was just being lazy and hadn't put them through Noiseware. I have now done so and reposted.

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Nice going Paul, great series.
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Very nice series with great shots.
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i do like the second one
losing its balance with excitment

can you set up something to hide behind in the doorway?
curtains, newspaper
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Great series - tells a wonderful story with some excellent shots! I did not see them before you "denoised" them, but they sure look great now!
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