Female Woodpecker (Three Photographs) and a word on light

Pileated Woodpecker-3To view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

You come across a magnificent bird begging for its photograph to be taken. The light is awkward and while it highlights some features, the confusion of branches, the way the light hits some of the surrounding objects creates halos and/or shadows. These are the sort of things you cannot fix in the field without changing position and potentially losing the bird. In post processing you can darken the trees that need it and you can soften halos. However, in the end perfection is not possible. I think most people would be happy to have been this close to a female pileated woodpecker and take the peripheral issues in their stride.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker-2

30 responses

  1. awesome, adorable


    March 7, 2016 at 2:53 am

  2. You are lucky to have such nice photos of a Pileated


    March 7, 2016 at 4:39 am

  3. I like your shots just as they are. Sometimes we try to over post-process.


    March 7, 2016 at 5:41 am

  4. Excellent work.


    March 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm

  5. Oh, I just love woodpeckers. Beautiful shots, Victor.


    March 7, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  6. I say, ‘well done!’ as I can never get anywhere near them without them flying off. They are such amazing birds – a giant woodpecker with a prehistoric look.


    March 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    • Thanks. Those we see seem a bit distracted. Or at least ignore us.


      March 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      • I wonder if maybe they see more people and are used to them? Ours are so wild.


        March 7, 2016 at 7:57 pm

        • Could be. But I once saw one at at tree beside busy bus stop!

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          March 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        • One other thing to the east of us all the turtles who see people jump in the water. In the west they ignore people and continue sunning themselves. Might be due to where they have reason to fear people.


          March 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm

          • That is interesting. Makes me wonder if it is learned or inherent – guess we’ll never know!

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            March 8, 2016 at 8:22 pm

  7. These are gorgeous….mainly because of the lovely light in shots 1 and 3.


    March 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

  8. beautiful


    March 9, 2016 at 10:50 am

  9. Gorgeous photos.


    March 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  10. Lovely pictures 🙂


    March 21, 2016 at 7:06 am

  11. TPJ

    I would be more then happy to get a chance. This is probably one of the last birds on my list to photograph. We can get most others….. this one alludes me 🙂

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    March 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

  12. I agree with everything you said.


    March 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

  13. ulsterphotosimages

    nice one !!


    April 1, 2016 at 6:30 am

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