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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 1:09
Viewed: 4290
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At last I am proud to present this years mr woospecker,I did see him around my feedig place in the forest all the time ,but he was more shy as madame to pose for me,as mentioned in yesterdays post I have purchased myself a small hide and now mr woodpecker had no fear from the man with the big camera and posed nicely for me,I made a few captures and I liked this one especially in the way he turned his head,thanks for watching and have a nice weekend

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Hi paul,
Sharpness and details very nice. Soft BG makes the bird more prominent. POV and DEF also good. TFS,
Good weekend

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-01-26 1:46]

Dag Paul,

Werkelijk hij of zij poseert mooi voor uw lens.
Juist met de gedraaide kop waardoor het oog zo mooi is waar te nemen.
Ik denk dat u daar niet iedere dag de kans toe krijgt om zo een mooi beeld te schieten.
Ik zal deze zomer me eens meer moeten bezig houden met mij 400mm lens.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Hi Paul,
A beautiful capture of this woodpecker. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-26 3:19]

Hi Paul

Lovely composition and pose of the woodpecker. The detail and exposure are both very good.


Hi Paul
Another great bird shot. Nice OOF background good sharpness. I like the compo but maybe it would look a little bit better with more tree trunk and smaller empty space on the right.
Best wishes

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-26 3:58]

Hi Paul.
Your woodpecker is amazing as well as amazing is your skill and lens (plus camera) work. Terrific bokeh, superb colours of the picture, perfect details and sharpness of the bird and trunk. And, at last, great composition and framing. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-01-26 4:45]

Congratulations, You may proud, your woodpecker is excellent.
Regards, Pawel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-26 5:41]

Hi Paul,
very nice capture of this Woodpecker.
You've captured its characteristic colours and patterns really well and with great vibrence and clarity.
DOF is slightly too shallow seeing parts of the woodpecker are slightly OOF however a larger aperture would be compromising with the shutter speed and a slightly shallow DOF is way better than a blurred photo! :)
Very good BG that is very clean and non-distracting.
Great sharpness and clarity.
Well done Paul!

btw thankyou very much for the link to wildlife watching supplies... I'm thinking about getting a Dome hide.

Great catch! Gorgeous colors! Love the pose! Kudos, Paul! Cheers, Klaus

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-26 5:53]

Today we saw woodspecker too, but it was too far for my lens.

Wonderful picture, very good sharp and detatil, colour is good too

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-26 8:30]

Hi Paul,

A wonderful woodpecker in a wonderful pose. Lovely colors - the red, white and black are beautiful. Very good details of the face, wings and plummage. He shows up well against the nice blurred background.


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-01-26 10:57]

Hallo Paul,
Fijne details en goede belichting voor deze typische houding van een specht. Mooie kompositie.
goed werk en TFS

Ha Paul,

fantastische pose, POV, DOF en scherpte
prachtige achtergrond

TFS Thijs

Hello Paul,
That small hide must have worth the investment. Sharp picture and well pecker-perched against that tree. I like your work and details.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Regards from Malaysia,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-27 3:06]

Hallo Paul,
De prachtige compositie en de bijzondere houding maken dit tot een fantastische foto. Het kleurencontrast met de zacht gekleurde achtergrond is erg mooi. De details in de witte delen van de specht zijn erg goed.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-27 14:13]

Hi Paul,

Well it pays to have patience because you're presenting us a very fine image of mr woodpecker. Amazing colours, great details in the feathers and what an excellent focus. Congratulations!


Hi Paul,

Amazing photo with great details!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-27 20:09]

Hello Paul

Great shot,the focus and sharpness is lovely.
The plumage detail is excellent,and the eye has beautiful catch light.
The vertical composition is well handled.


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-28 1:46]

Hi Paul,

Awesome Woodpecker.POV,DOF,clor, and BG are great. I agree, the head turn is very attractive.



bonjour paul
a ša pas de probleme,des pics j'en vois mais helas ils me voient avant est fuient avant que je puissent les prendre en photo.
celle-ci est magnifique.

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