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A Red-Bellied Woodpecker On A Post

A Red-Bellied Woodpecker On A Post
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ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake April 11, 2016
Fabulous shot !
johnboland PRO+
 
johnboland May 05, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 08, 2016
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose January 03, 2017
Wow! Lovely master piece!
Ingleman
 
Ingleman January 16, 2017
A dazzling image, popping with colour and interest. Excellent work!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair January 17, 2017
Amazing!
terilbrisendine PRO+
 
terilbrisendine January 17, 2017
I know himRed-bellied wood pecker great shot
trexkamal PRO+
 
trexkamal January 17, 2017
Excellent capture
AndrewJulianPhotography
 
AndrewJulianPhotography March 08, 2017
They are beautiful
superpowerchick
 
superpowerchick August 31, 2017
This photo is so beautiful!
Luptak
 
Luptak September 11, 2017
Gorgeous shot
JakeSchurr
 
JakeSchurr May 10, 2018
Nice Shot

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Behind The Lens

Location
In my backyard, I have a bird sanctuary setup in the woods.
Time
This was taken during the early morning hours around 5 am, I remember spilling the coffee in my lap when I hurried to point the lens in the right direction
Lighting
I was hoping to get the soft blue morning sky in the shot, so I found a precise location to crouch down to get some of the dreamy blue sky in the backdrop
Equipment
I used my full frame body (Canon EOS 5D Mark III) the lens used was the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC. This was shot with a tripod and gimbal head as well, specifically: The Feisol Tournament CT-3442 Rapid 4-Section Carbon Tripod with a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II
Inspiration
I am an avid birder and try to spend at least an hour a day watching my fine feathered friends from behind a lens
Editing
I did some selective sharpening using Topaz Labs Clean 3, and I also wanted to pop some of the white contrasts in the feathers, so I used Topaz Labs Glow, selectively masked and blended to get a better contrast
In my camera bag
When I am birding I pack a full frame and a crop sensor body, my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and a Canon EOS 7D. The two lenses I pack for bird shots are the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC and a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Feedback
My bird sanctuary includes many natural perches all placed withing 8 feet of feeder sources. Most birds like to perch and view a food source before going to it. This also allows for more natural environment shots as well, as a feeder in the shot is not what most people want to see. As woodpeckers like high protein food sources, I place dried meal-worms in the perches. In this case, I drill ed small holes on the back side of this perch and placed them in there. The benefit of this is the bird will stay on the perch much longer allowing for more captures and better shot possibilities.

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