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The Pileated Woodpecker in-flight

The Pileated Woodpecker in-flight
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-21 18:20
Viewed: 2209
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
the Pileated Woodpecker in-flight.

1/1250s f/8.0 ISO1000
fully zoomed 50mm (35mm eq:75mm)
and cropped around 60% from the original.

from the All About Birds website

« Nearly as large as a crow,
the Pileated Woodpecker is the largest
woodpecker in most of North America.
Its loud ringing calls and huge,
rectangular excavations in dead
trees announce its presence in
forests across the continent. »



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Wow! Check out how jagged the wings are on this guy. I've never seen the wings this close. Great to see Asbed. It's a very clear picture. I guess your shutter speed is responsible. The ISO must keep the picture from being too noisy. A very original shot Asbed. Later. Trevor

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-21 19:06]

Hello Asbed,
I would be thrilled to just get a shot of one of these guys, let alone managed to capture such a fine in-flight shot as this. I usually end up just getting a fleeting glimpse of these large birds before they quickly disappear into the tree tops. Great work!!

What a nice shot of a inflight Woodpecker! very nice composition with graphical quality. and light and sharpness is also very good.
well done my friend.

Hi Asbed,

Nice balance between iso and shutter speed. You must have been at the ready as he came in! Nice even through the branches. Were you lying on your back to get this shot?



Hello Asbed,
It is wonderful to catch this action so clearly. Sharp focus and great light balance. Very well done.

Hello Asbed
Impressive photo despite the difficult conditions!

Hallo Asbed,
a great capture of the Pileated Woodpecker in-flight, fantastic posture of this marvellous bird, a very beautiful visual impact, very well done
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-21 22:42]

Hello Asbed,
The skills you acquired with your compacts have really come to use with your new DSLR equipment. Even though there are some branches in the way this in-flight capture of the Pileated Woodpecker is pin sharp and the features as shown from directly below are clear with excellent WB in a good composition.
Well done and TFS!

Hallo Asbed
You captured the outstreched wings of this Pileated Woodpecker beautifully from this angle, and one can even see the little red "cap" of feathers on its head. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Asbed,
Stunning photo! Fantastic POV!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-22 1:27]

Beautiful composition, Asbed!
Great POV and timing; excellent light and good sharpness; a splendid and difficult capture! Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-22 2:00]

Salut Asbed,une capture vraiment extraordinaire dans une situation impossible,sois pour la position,sois pour la lumiere,travail tres professionel mon ami!! Mes felicitations et belle journee',Luciano

Hello Asbed
Another great in flight capture.Great timing for this POV and composition.Wonderful colors and impressive sharpness.Very well done!
Thank You,
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-22 4:04]

Hello Asbed,
wow...this is a complex shot. I just like it and appreciate its flying moment over the little leafless branches.
Beautiful style.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-22 6:33]

Hi Asbed!
In spite of the branches you captured the bird in a fantastic pose: in flight, with the wings all open!
Perfect sharpness and nice lighting.
Very well done: congratulations!
Ciao ! Vanda

Ciao Asbed, great capture of fantastic in-flight bird, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Asbed
the bird is great, let's forget about the foreground ;-)

Hi Asbed,
great sharpness and details. Perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-23 5:50]

hello asbed

it is a master capture my friend.
very differant point of view and
lazer type of focusing! fantastic!
very well captured my friend.

Bonjour Asbed,

Les branches cadrent bien l'oiseau. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du Grand Pic en vol. Le ciel gris ne nuit pas au rendu des couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Asbed.
This is brilliant spread and you have positioned yourself nicely to get the diagonal framing. The signature red on the head makes this image.

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