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Optimism In the Pines!

Optimism In the Pines!
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Copyright: David Robert (Dave) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 19:59
Viewed: 3965
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Will it be the Colts or the Bears? We'll soon know.
For those that don't already know: it was the Colts! 29-17 How'bout that Peyton Manning?
Is your glass half full or half empty? And, where is it after the next sip?

This Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus looks optimistic to me with his head held high as if to say, "Perhaps, there is some suet or seeds down there for me and that yellow-bellied sapsucker won't be around to bully me away!"

The range of the Red-bellied Woodpecker encompasses most of the eastern portion of North America. During severe winters, Red-bellied Woodpeckers tend to migrate from the northern reaches of their range to areas where the weather is less severe. Info source

Date Time = 2007-01-24 16:39:38
Exposure Time = 1/60"
F Number = F8
Exposure Program = Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings = 500
Focal Length = 400mm

Thanks for looking

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-04 20:22]

Hi Dave,
Looking around for the bull before having lunch. This posting has great color and details. It looks sunny out that day.
The pines are nice in tha photo and the birds eye is fantastic, thanks for sharing Dave.

Hi David,
Cute bird, well captured.
Nice soft colors picture.
Very nice shot.

Ben Lakitan

This is a sharp image showing a lot of detail, the eye, the claws, beautiful colours of its feathers.
Very well presented.
Well composed too.
Great notes.
Best regards,

hi david,
good shot with a better note,
the observation made by you for this shot is really very nice, lovely natural colours,
well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi David ,
very nice image.
great composition and nice colors.
great sharpness.
very well captured

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-05 7:10]

Hello David,
Wonderful capture. Especially the colors and the light is very nice, an almost dream like composition. The pose of the bird is lovely and the POV is very nice. Nice sharpness and wonderful detail.

Hi Dave,
Well it's in the record books now :)
When the Bears returned that opening kick-off for a score, I thought my my Colts might be in for a long haul...NOT! The wet weather changed the face of that game.
Nice shot. I like the natural framing, good POV and the pose here :)
Well done mf.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-05 9:22]

Hi Dave

Another great capture from you!
At first, i had no idea what you first sentence was about...but that's rather understandable since we probably don't watch the same sports ;)
Then, reading on, it came quite clear why that is the title of your shot...very nice. Indeed, the lovely bird does appear to be optimistic :)
The shot itsself is great and it present this red-bellied woodpecker from a great POV.
The BG is really nice, presenting it in a wonderful natural habitat. Good sharpness and lighting, too, all-in-all making a very beautiful composition.

Bravo and TFS

Hello David,
This is a very nice shot with superb lightning and environment. Details are very good too and so is this little light in its eye. I just wonder why you don't take your picture in a vertical way to have the whole bird in the frame. :) I didn't see this specie often, well done!

Hi Dave,

Great natural colours and a nice pose of this bird.
I used to watch its cousins nesting and living on Saguaros, but never got a chance to take a good shot at them. (They are too fast for my reflexes) :-)

Cheers, Petru

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-01 19:24]

Wonderful bird Dave ! I've never seen such a Woodpecker, you're very lucky to have photographed one ! Great composition, sharp image and nice light ! Well done my friend !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-04 9:52]

Hello Dave

A lovely composition with excellent detail and colours.The pine boughs make a wonderful backdrop.The plumage details are excellent.TFS


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