Mike Patterson  

Golden-Fronted Woodpecker by Mike Patterson

January 2022 - Golden-Fronted Woodpecker

About the Image(s)

I was sitting on our porch on our ranch in the Texas Hill Country on New Year’s Day when I spotted this golden-fronted woodpecker clinging to a nearby tree. Fortunately, I had my camera, a Canon 7D, at my side. The light was nearly perfect. He was slightly backlit by the setting sun. In fact, if you look closely, you can see a speck of sunlight at the tip of his beak. I don’t know how people capture birds and other wildlife with tripods. To me, like this bird, they are always moving around. I find it nearly impossible to keep up with them via a tripod. Anyway, I grabbed this shot with my 70-300 mm lens at 300 mm. The exposure was 6.3 at 1/250 second and an ISO of 800 to account for the diming light. I did some cropping and simple adjustments in Lightroom.

4 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
Great capture! The backlight created rim lighting all around the head and along the chest, further separating it from the background. The colors are vivid and natural and everything that should be sharp is. You might try cropping just a hair more from the bottom to see if it strengthens the image, but either way, it's a really nice image and a great way to kick off the new year.   Posted: 01/13/2022 06:36:15

John Zhu   John Zhu
Great shot and love it. It's close to perfect. The only thing I like is to see its whole body, one more foot and the tail.   Posted: 01/13/2022 18:29:02

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
Lovely capture and pose from the Woodpecker. There are two minor things I might have done. Firstly tone down the bokeh balls that are the brightest - your eye goes straight to them. Secondly - give the bird a little more light in the eye. Well taken.   Posted: 01/14/2022 16:10:40

Saurabh Gupta   Saurabh Gupta
Like the capture and specifically the rim light on the birds. Great capture.   Posted: 01/14/2022 18:51:51


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