Karen Botvin  

Downy Woodpecker by Karen Botvin

June 2020 - Downy Woodpecker

June 2020 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

I don’t use my long lens (Sigma 150-600mm) very often, but every now and then I take it out to try focusing handheld with it to shoot the birds in the neighborhood. This little Downy Woodpecker was my subject one morning in January. I shot this at 300mm, ISO 640 at f/8 and 1/500 second. I did some significant cropping, which if I would have taken advantage of the other 300mm I probably would not have had to do as much. I also did some adjustments to highlights, exposure and dehaze in LR then removed some of the many twigs that I found distracting in Photoshop. Hope you find him as cute as I do.

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7 comments posted

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Karen: a beautiful shot of the woodpecker but I feel that the tree trunk is overwhelming the bird. I have attached my suggestion for an improvement - let me know if agree even a little bit. I cropped the majority of the tree out and darkened the remaining so that it acts as a frame. I also removed the twig on the bottom right corner.   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:57:03
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Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks, Harry, for your kind words. Generally, I would agree with you that there was too much tree and since it is not the subject, it should be darkened down a bit. In this case, I feel the tree frames the Downy nicely. I also like the blue-green bokeh triangle in the top right portion of the frame. I feel by cropping in on the bird as tightly as you have, it doesn't give the same airy feel that my original crop does.   Posted: 06/07/2020 14:31:24
Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
No worries, Karen!
  Posted: 06/07/2020 16:10:50

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
This is lovely. I like how the trunk of the tree and lower branches frame the woodpecker. Perfect crop in my opinion.   Posted: 06/12/2020 07:13:38

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
It looks as if the bird is posing for you! Great to catch him without pecking......I like the arching trunk and bokeh throughout and the way you have caught so much in focus at f/8. I like Harry's argument but agree with the way you present it.   Posted: 06/12/2020 09:52:02

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Amazing to catch a woodpecker in a still position--at least the ones I see at our house. I like the way your were able to crop and still have a sharp image--and catch light in his eye! Beautiful colors and bokeh. If you were to crop some more, I would suggest cropping at the bottom of the broken part of the branch and perhaps just a little off the right side of the large trunk at the point where the little twig is touching.
Nice shot.   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:29:20

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
Very nice picture.I completely agree with Harry.He made the tree become the arch on the top of woodpecker.Your color is perfect.   Posted: 06/18/2020 16:56:21