Tage Christiansen  

“Spætte” (Woodpecker) by Tage Christiansen

May 2020 - “Spætte” (Woodpecker)

About the Image(s)

Technique 1/125, sec. f/ 4.0, iso 200, 600 mm.

Picture of a woodpecker it is from West Amager 10 km. south west from Copenhagen.

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3 comments posted

Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Cool shot and like the image. I completely understand that when shooting wildlife most of the time the wildlife doesn't cooperate with what you may want. The twig on the right is distracting and I know some would say take it out, I would not. Yes the argument of what one can do is all about ethics and I choose not to. Instead, what a perfect excuse to go out again and enjoy the time.   Posted: 05/21/2020 16:24:12

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Much like Dave I do not mind the twig on the right. Birds live in a bush world and it is what it is. You did manage to get quite close to a woodpecker and captured a good close up.

I would like to offer three suggestion. First you could crop from the top and remove that bright yellow spot in the upper right corner. Secondly, the whites on the tree are a distraction and draw the eye of the viewer, using an adjustment brush to tone them down would draw more attention to the bird.

If you will share your camera model i might have a few other ideas that could be of use to you

Finally, Little birds are very twitchy. You use of a 1/125 of a second is quite a bit low. I know that using low ISO setting is preferred but the day you took this the light was quite bright. When I shoot birds I always try to get a shutter speed near 1/1000 of higher. I do not know what camera model you have but most cameras can handle ISO levels of 800. Thus by raising the ISO to 800 you could have raised the shutter speed to at least 1/400. While not ideal, that might have stopped some motion of the bird. As it is, the bird appears quite soft.   Posted: 05/29/2020 19:11:50

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Thank you very much for the comments, this is a picture I am very happy with, the light was really good on the bird, I also thought it is OK with the twig to the right. After looking at the picture again, I can see that the white on the tree is bothering, it should be dimmed. I like to see the yellow spot, but I found that by cutting it away, it gets too close to the bird, I like that there is air around the bird. When I discovered the bird I was just shooting with the settings on the camera, a faster time would probably have made the bird a little sharper.
I use Olympus OM D EM 1 mark III, I am a beginner in bird photography, it is especially difficult to shoot birds flying. It is probably necessary to use higher shutter speeds.
Sorry, my English is not so good, I use Google to help me with the translation.   Posted: 05/30/2020 07:15:33