Title: Pileated Woodpecker flying away
To capture the Pileated Woodpecker in FlightSource:
Canon 7D body, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, 1/1000 f/2.8, ISO 800Technique:
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)
(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.