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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/6400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-01 18:01
Viewed: 3656
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This morning was a very nice and worm morning with out any rain.I had the pleasure to be with 3 other TN members.It was a little bit of activities going on in regard of species but the day was very cloudy so chance of getting good images were low.So I finally decided to present to you that image of that woodpecker,this is one species that attrak me ,onr of the reason is related to the fact that that specie colors (B & W)are not easy to capture with find detail.

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A superb shot of this beautiful woodpecker, Michel!I simply love the DOF!

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-11-01 18:43]

Una hermosa foto de una gran especie...saludos-.

Hello Michel,

a very good capture from this bird.
Good pov and blurred bg.
fine colours.


a realistic shot of rare species. thank you for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-11-02 0:11]

Hola Michel,
bonita captura,
detalles y colores naturales,
y fino pov.
saludos y buena semana.

Hi Michel,

Impressive capture of a cute woodpecker from nice POV with nice DOF, excellent details and delightful composition.
Since i am in journey and have limited internet connection, sorry i could not write more.
Take care! Cheers,


Hi Michel

Very good shot of this woodpecker. Excellent sharpness and details. The big lens has done a good job for you.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-11-02 1:48]

Hello Michel
Wow! wonderful capture with beautiful colors and excellent details

salut Michel

une superbe photo du Pic Mineur prise en full frame,
excellent POV et cadrage, superbe focus netteté et détails,
jolie luminosité et également background, TFS


Ciao Michel. Excellent capture for this bird in interesting pose. You've well managed the light and obtained good contrast against soft BG.


Hello Michel,
a fantastic capture of the Downy Woodpecker, very good sharpness and marvellous colours, i like the nice composition with a lovely pose of the bird.
Best regards

Ciao Michel, lovely bird in nice pose, wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-02 8:24]

Hello Michel,
A lovely capture of the Downy Woodpecker in a nice pose. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours too. I really like the composition!
TFS and bnest wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-02 8:41]

Hi Michel.
You managed to catch a very cute woodpecker. Its pose is so charming as well as pictured scene at whole. Especially I like wonderful BG which underlines the beauty of the main subject perfectly. My compliments and TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-02 8:57]

Hi Michel. You have taken a fine close up of this Downy Woodpecker . I like the pose on the tree branch as if its having a rest.
Taken with fine detail and natural colours. I can just see the red on the head. well taken TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-02 8:59]

Hello Michel,
Excellent photo of this Downy Woodpecker. The sharpness and details are excellent. Great natural colours, pose, POV, composition, DOF and contrasting BG. A beauty!

Ooooohhhh, that's so beautiful, Michel, such a cute bird - and so sharp, we can see every detail. I also love the BG, just a marvelous post, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-02 10:21]

Hello Michel,
Great shot of this Downy Woodpecker, good composition and point of view, excellent sharpness and good shallow depth of field, beautiful colors and good clarity.very good details.
Best regards Siggi

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-11-02 10:24]

Merhaba Michel,
Ağaçkakanı çok güzel yakalamışsın.
renkler, netlik POV ve DOF çok güzel.

Hello Michel,

Superb capture.
Colours,light and definition are splendid.
Excellent composition.

Nice shot. It shows the feathers well. It's a good side portrait as well. TFS Trevor

bonsoir Michel!
merveilleuse capture de ce pivert, accroupi sur la branche avec les plumes si bien définis... tres belle le Bg!!

bonne soireè sERGIO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-11-02 13:24]

Slav Michel,
An excellent capture of this lovely little bird with great sharpness and colors.TFS.

Hello Michel,

An excellent close-up with beautiful colors, sharpness & composition. Great POV, pose & BG.

Very nicely taken & TFS.


bonjour Michel
superbe photo de ce bel oiseau perché sur cette branche
très belle vue de profil, les details et les couleurs sont magnifiques
le fonds isole bien le pic et le met bien en valeur
Passe unre bonne nuit

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-02 22:09]

Salut Michel,
A fine well composed capture of a Downy Woodpecker taken from a great POV with nice sharpness and lighting and the Sky BG give the whole image the effect of a fine painting.
Merci pour le partage,

hello Michel
splendid the little fellow in a very beautiful naturally pose, correct lighting and the output in difficult colours and in the details exceptional
TFS thanks for sharing

Hallo Michel
This is a sharp and really striking capture and you photographed it with great skill. For me the greatest attraction is the very tiny patch of red on the birds head, and the white line at the bottom of the eye. A really beautiful image of dainty bird. Well managed exposure of the black as well as the white feathers. Thanks for sharing this lovely image. Best regards.

Very Beautiful bird Michel. Nice exposure on usually difficult black and white subject. Congratulations

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-03 2:46]

Bonjour Michel,
Des couleurs de grande finesse et un excellent cadrage pour cette image de pic. Cela doit être un jeune oiseau, ou je me trompe? J'aime beaucoup aussi le bel arrière-plan qui met l'oiseau en valeur.
Une belle journée
Meilleures pensées

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-03 7:08]

Hallo Michel,
Magnificent image. Beautiful colors and play.
A magnificent macro.
Have a quiet day,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-11-05 15:10]

Hola Michel.
Beutiful Photo. High quality lavel. Very sharp and excellent light.
TFS My friend.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-05 18:36]

Hello Michel,
A wonderful image of this male Downy Woodpecker. The detail, as you stated in a B&W subject may be hard to get sometimes, but this particular time you nailed it!! Perfectly composed with beautiful soft colors and a pleasing BG. Great work!!

Hello Michel,
a very good picture of your Downy Woodpecker, it could almost be related to our tree-toed woodpecker.
The composition are very nice with a fine POV.
You managed to exposure this well, not easy with B/W birds.
Well done.
Have a nice Weekend

Hola Michel,
publicas poco pero cuando lo haces hay que admirarlo jajaja. Sin duda un destacado en la fotografía de aves y además plasmas tus imágenes con una naturalidad especial como ocurre en este caso. Creo que hay poca manipulación y eso es de agradecer: enhorabuena.
Saludos y gracias por tu comentario: J. Ignasi.

Hello Michel,
You beautifully captured this Downy Woodpecker. Lovely pov and composition. The background is beautifully blurred. Very well done.

Hello MMM! Amazing bird, excellent scene, nice light and colours, good contrast and sharpness. Perfect work. Splendid effect. Well done!

stunning image! i saw one in london, ON. but couldnt get a photograph. tfs!

Bonjour Michel,
Une bien jolie photo de ce pic,super piqué avec d' excellents details du plumage

Bonjour Michel,
Très joli pic, avec des détails excellent des plumes et malgré le vent. J'aime beaucoup l'arrière-plan de ciel et nuages. Parfaite exposition. Amicalement,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-24 4:31]

Hi Michel,
really a stunning shot with a pleasant bluish blurry background. The woody is so sharp and clear, the details of the feathers is well seen. I like its special pose, looking at the viewer.
Well presented in splendid composition.


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