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Off-He-Goes by Ron Spencer

November 2023 - Off-He-Goes

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I caught this young Red Headed Woodpecker just as he launched off an oak in a local park. The camera was on continuous rapid exposures, and I thought it was pretty neat the way the bird hadn't spread his/her wings quite yet. Also note the first winter molt, where the brown head feathers are being replaced with the red.

Coolpix P1000, SS 1/640, f/8, ISO 400, 152 mm. Cropped and all PP in LR.

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

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
Great action catch. You might consider brightening it up with Levels in Photoshop. On my screen it looks a bit hazy.   Posted: 11/04/2023 20:46:22
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Gonna do just that. Thanks!   Posted: 11/10/2023 09:51:37

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
Great capture. If it is sharp enough I would try a much tighter crop.   Posted: 11/10/2023 08:20:53
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
I'm going to work with crops and re submit. Thanks!   Posted: 11/10/2023 09:52:24

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Caught at the exact moment of take-off. I would crop a little off the bottom of the tree to just above the small branch sticking out left to let us have a closer view of the bird in action!   Posted: 11/10/2023 08:38:11
Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Will re crop. Thanks!   Posted: 11/10/2023 09:52:52

Michael Braunstein   Michael Braunstein
I looked again on a bigger screen. It is not sharp so I do not think a crop will work. What did you feed it?   Posted: 11/10/2023 16:16:57

Don Poulton   Don Poulton
I agree with others that this needs a tighter crop, particularly on the left and bottom. I would also reduce the vignetting, it should be subtle rather than obvious.   Posted: 11/14/2023 14:20:11

Ron Spencer   Ron Spencer
Thanks all. Here's another effort with a crop, no vignetting, and an effort at sharpening   Posted: 11/14/2023 19:58:22
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