I made a quick trip to the San Angelo State Park this morning. Jim Miller had told me that the windows had been replaced and I wanted to check them out. I agree with him, they are more solid than before and should last awhile. While there, Ann and I decided to check out the birds. I managed to get this photo of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes auarifrons).
Photographed with Canon EOS 7d and Canon 100-400mm lens. I was shooting into the sun but by using spot metering I managed to get a pretty decent shot. I put my center focusing point on the bird and the camera done it’s job. Camera to subject distance about 22 feet, 1/500 sec @ f8, ISO 640. Aperture priority.
I shot the image in RAW and did the post processing in Photoshop CS5.
Woodpeckers are so unique..and this one is really a great shot. Love the lighting. We don’t have this specific woodpecker, but other varieties. and they are a hoot at the feeders …as usual very well done my friend…
I agree, Syl, it seems that each variety of woodpecker has it’s own “personality”. Thanks for the comment.
Thanks for the shout out, Bob. Good image of the GFWO, but can you imagine how good it could be if they turned the house the right way 😉
Certainly it would be a tremendous improvement. You know anyone who owns a bulldozer?? 🙂
I do, but it doesn’t need a bulldozer. A forklift, some concrete blocks, and some imagination would probably do the trick 🙂 Or maybe just a second smaller shed to the left of the current blind and pointed in an ENE orientation would make for a dandy morning blind…
or WNW more appropriately to catch the rising eastern sun
What a gorgeous bird – superb plumage. A lovely photo again, Bob!
Thanks, Jo, I really appreciate you. 🙂
Great capture Bob, love the light on the birds head!
Thank you so much, David. The sun was behind the tree and it showed enough to give that “halo” on the bird’s crown.
Beautiful shot. We don’t have those in my neck of the woods. Wonderful to see.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate your comments. 🙂
As a rank amateur photograher, it is nice to see the specifice about camera settings that you include in your posts, Bob. Helps me get a better understanding about mechanics.
Thanks, Dave. If you have any questions at all, just holler at me through my e-mail address. Maybe I can help you some more.
Wonderful shot Bob ~ the sun lights up his crest like a halo! ~ Lynda
Thanks, Lynda, I appreciate your wonderful compliment. 🙂
Glad the blind is getting some work done!
And glad your camera is doing it’s job. 🙂 Love this golden guy. 🙂
Thank you very much, Katie. I really appreciate your comments. 🙂
Glad to hear the windows on the blind have been replaced Bob. This is a gorgeous image of the woodpecker!
Thanks, Mia. If I had my druthers I’d rather photograph birds more in the “wild”, away from the blind. But when they aren’t around, I head for the blind, where the feed is out and I can get photographs.
It’s amazing how it is holding the tree: determined. 😀 Well, that’s its job, right? 🙂
I loved this photo, Bob. Purity of the golden. So nice. 🙂
Another amazing feat of our avian friend. 🙂 Thanks for the comment, Nandini.
Beautiful, thanks for your suggestions on a lens. Would be awesome!
You are welcome, “Moments to Memories”. I appreciate it. 🙂
P.S. Give me a first name, so I don’t seem like I am talking to a book title. 🙂
I love these pretty birds. Saw them at the RGVBF, Lovely photo!
Thank you, Linda. They are around here in great numbers. 🙂
Looks like he has a cape on. Wonderful photo.
You are right about his appearance. Thanks for the compliment, Angeline. 🙂
A woodpecker I don’t get to see in Ohio- a handsome bird indeed!
Thank you, Tracy, I certainly appreciate it. 🙂