Becca Cambridge  

Pileated Woodpeckers by Becca Cambridge

August 2019 - Pileated Woodpeckers

August 2019 - Becca Cambridge

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August 2019 - Becca Cambridge

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About the Image(s)

Definitely need help this month. I was so enamered by this juvenile that I wasn't focing on photographing. I do need to select one to display at a nature center so need help in selecting which one.

Pileated woodpeckers are generally shy, hiding behind the trees and only coming out to hang on the feeder. I was working at the table when I noticed a pileated hoping around on the ground. Very strange behavior. When I got my camera and zoomed it, I saw it was a juvenile. He was having the best time of his life on this summer day. Check out that emerging baby feathered crown.
Help me pick if any of these should be shown in public.
I think I like the side view of the two as my final.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
I love the way you captured his eye in the side view. Two thing bother me about this image. The first is the weed that cuts off his beak just at the tip. If you could clone out the weed and clone the beak in the blank space, that would help. I also think that if you select the bird and blur the background a bit, it would be less distracting. The back of his head is a bit soft, but he was probably moving and that might not have been avoided.   Posted: 08/10/2019 16:38:57
Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Please check out the other two photos..This was not my favorite but would love you to look at the mom and baby. I did remove some stuff from that one.
  Posted: 08/10/2019 17:41:09

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
I like the composition with the line of white leading up to the eye and orange feathers with the head slightly tilted up. The cut off beak is a shame.(Of course cloning in Nature Comps is not allowed, but OK elsewhere).
The bird is a little soft overall. Birds really need high shutter shutter speeds as they are seldom still. Use as high an ISO as you can for the camera without getting too much noise.   Posted: 08/18/2019 06:02:49
Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Wish you had been here when I needed you! Thanks for the information. Not really into the bird photography thing so this was a new type of shot. Thanks for the suggestions.   Posted: 08/20/2019 08:00:12

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
I choose the main one because it was better overall than the other 2 in my opinion. The pair in the other 2 photos are blurry in the feeding and the 2nd one is also a little blurry. For your use, I would clone out the weed and fix the beak.   Posted: 08/18/2019 18:39:47
Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Gotcha. Thanks. I knew the feeding one was blurry but I had not noticed the other one being blurry. I was so enamored with the little guy. Also, my camera which was theoretically "repaired" after being in a Sahara sand storm doesn't seem to be focusing like it should. Grrr
I'll go with your suggestions and remove the weed. I had not done anything with it. Thanks.   Posted: 08/20/2019 08:03:07

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
I would go for the large one, i.e. not one of the two originals. It gives a good likeness of the bird which is probably what people are interested in. I would soften the background as it seems rather strong.   Posted: 08/21/2019 14:46:10

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
Like your choice of image, it gives the bird a degree of altitude. As this is not classed as nature I would have cloned out the bit of blade of grass infant of the beak.(Not a problem here in the UK). As it was just a shade off sharp; have you tried the Photoshop Camera Shake filter then masked it so it applied only to the bird or birds head?   Posted: 08/24/2019 12:38:01
Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Great info to know.
However, the blur has been a recent development. With Moroccan sand damage, I sent my camera to Panasonic for repairs. Long story short, the returned camera was not taking sharp photos even with the use of peaking and very pixelated. My Lumix has a great stabilizer which has been excellent in the past. Discovered this camera was not my camera's serial number. Rha Rho. Camera has been returned again. Not sure what will happen next. Might not be able to submit next month. Sob. Who checks their camera's serial number? Guess I will from now on.   Posted: 08/28/2019 12:30:08