Pileated Woodpecker (Five Photographs) and more on Post-Processing

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The male Pileated Woodpecker is back at the same tree as last year, cleaning out a new nest.

A number of post-processing programs, like Lightroom, on importing your photographs can automatically apply some settings that you chose. I have set up Lightroom to apply some medium contrast, adjust for distortions in the lenses I use and makes a first pass at sharpening and reducing chromatic aberration. In the case of sharpening its very modest and designed only to ensure your photos do not look soft. Chromatic aberration is where colors (purple, blue, green), appear as fringes on some distant objects; the source is in the lens, and at some point all lenses generate chromatic aberration. Most programs have some means of reducing this even if they do not have automatic adjustments. Even with the adjustment in import I may have to fiddle with this a bit in extreme cases. So after cropping my next step is to ensure that chromatic aberration and contrast have been applied appropriately and see if I need to adjust them. Cropping and these additional adjustments take a few minutes.

Pileated Woodpecker-5

Pileated Woodpecker-4

Pileated Woodpecker-3

Pileated Woodpecker-2





51 responses

  1. Great caught!


    June 9, 2016 at 3:11 am

  2. Seattle Park Lover

    I love how you captured the wood chips flying. Wonderful photos!


    June 9, 2016 at 3:49 am

  3. What a great series!


    June 9, 2016 at 4:41 am

  4. SUPER!


    June 9, 2016 at 6:22 am

  5. A beautiful series here. Love the way you captured the process of cleaning out the nest. The detail and clarity is great in these shots. I imagine you were pretty far away. You must have an excellent long lens!


    June 9, 2016 at 7:09 am

    • Thanks. It was just off a path. Lots of photographers at times. 200-300mm was adequate. I saw everything from iPhones to 800mm lenses while I was there.


      June 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

  6. I didn’t realize this bird was so fastidious–spring cleaning.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 9, 2016 at 7:37 am

  7. Fabulous captures. Glad I don’t have to use my mouth the sweep the floor.

    Liked by 1 person

    June 9, 2016 at 7:54 am

  8. Amazing captures.


    June 9, 2016 at 8:14 am

  9. Absolutely fantastic catches! Bravo!


    June 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

  10. Lee

    Wow! What a capture of flying wood chips from this busy woodpecker!


    June 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

  11. Amazing and beautiful! Wonderful shoot!


    June 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  12. George

    Brilliant mate, good job.


    June 9, 2016 at 2:02 pm

  13. pzf

    Brilliant series of photos. The first one is truly spectacular!


    June 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  14. OMG what a wonderful set of shots! I guess the caption under the second one is ‘You want me to do what, honey?’

    Liked by 1 person

    June 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

  15. Phenomenal captures!


    June 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

  16. Great shots with the chips a-flying! This is a wonderful series, Victor – I love the way you capture things the human eye misses.
    I just read about the Carden Alvar Natural Area about two hours north of Toronto, have you ever been? Apparently the wildlife is spectacular.


    June 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    • Thank you. There is another Alvar park I have been too, very interesting. The one you mention sounds better and about 6-7 hours away,Not insurmountable.

      Liked by 1 person

      June 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

  17. Nice work; fast shutter speed!


    June 9, 2016 at 11:24 pm

  18. Great shots


    June 16, 2016 at 6:27 am

  19. I love the way all the woodchips are flying!!

    Liked by 1 person

    June 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

  20. bkloflin

    Nice photos.
    And, a great nature story for certain.
    Nice work. Keep it up!

    What part of the world were you?


    June 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

  21. Jeff J Janson

    Awesome captures, well done!


    June 20, 2016 at 7:37 pm

  22. These are spectacular shots. I have been all over your blog and I can’t figure which state you live in. I don’t think it’s Texas…?


    June 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

  23. What an amazing series of photos, beautiful!


    June 28, 2016 at 7:23 am

  24. robertc2011

    Fabulous shots, I really ought to get into Lightroom and the like, I know my pictures could do with all the help they can get! A really interesting set of shots too, a good picture is one thing but when they show behaviour they are something else.


    July 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

    • Thank you. The learning curve for Lightroom is relatively good, PS less so


      July 4, 2016 at 8:08 am

  25. Great captue of a very busy lady.


    July 5, 2016 at 7:42 am

    • Sorry that WordPress sent this to the spam folde. Thank you for your comment


      July 7, 2016 at 6:09 am

  26. What an amazing capture here, Victor! Really!


    July 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

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