Study Group One

Maria Korab-Laskowska

Title:  Pileated Woodpecker flying away
Goal:  To capture the Pileated Woodpecker in Flight
Source:  Canon 7D body, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, 1/1000 f/2.8, ISO 800
Technique: The woodpecker was having lunch for a while. I made a lot of pictures when he was eating but I wanted to catch him in flight. When somebody approached with a dog the woodpecker flayed away. I like that I got also the hole in the frame but not sure about the whole composition.

Processing: Raw image slightly sharpen and added some clarity for tonal contrast. The bird was just on the left edge of the frame. I added a bit of space in front of him.

Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

Critique Image (only members of Study Group One may critique this image)

Review by TomP., 4-1-2014
Comments: You managed to pull off a difficult capture. Your focus, exposure & story are very good. I think the bird is still too close to the left edge, leaving it no room to fly towards, which causes a slight discomfort for the viewer. Sometimes it just can't be helped.
N=3 / T=3 / P=2 / E=0 / Total = 8
Review by JonA., 4-17-2014
Capturing a bird in flight just after it leaves a perch is not easy - you have done well here. The bird really need more room to fly into and some below it (for non NH comps extend the background outwards) . The slot in the branch however shows the 'hand of man' and is distracting - you should croup the image immediately to the left of the slot and if you wish to retain a rectangular format some off the top.
N=1, T=2, P=1, E=0, Total=4
Review by DavidT-I, 4-20-2014
Interesting capture with sharp focus on the bird. Woodpecker stands out from background nicely. A bit too much negitive space on top and right side. Bird gives feeling of tension to image. nice shot.
N=3, T=2, P=2, E=0, Total=7


My photographic interests started in Maryland, 2002, when I joined the National Institute of Health Camera Club. After moving back to Montreal in 2004, I joined Lakeshore Camera Club.

I am using a Canon 7D camera and the following Canon lenses: 24-100L IS f4, 70-200 L IS f 4, macro 100 L2.8, 17-35L f2.8, 300L IS f2.8, extenders 1.4 and 2.0. My post processing workflow includes Bridge or Lightroom, Photoshop CS5 and NIK and Photomatix software.

I came into photography with a love for nature and a passion for the outdoors. My photographic interests started in 2002, and since then I photographed many subjects, ranging from environment and architecture to animals and sports. In 2009 I graduated from a Commercial Photography Program at Dawson College in Montreal. I organize photo tours and workshops and enjoy sharing my regional knowledge and passion for photography.