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Female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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A full frame capture of a female GSW (Dendrocopos major) taken in the garden the other day. She chose to perch in an unfortunate position and is therefore up for mods to see if anybody could successfully remove the diagonal branch - or perhaps it doesn't detract? Would be interested to hear your views.
The red background is provided by the now denuded red acer shrub.

My thanks to you all for your C&Cs on yesterday's Robin upload, with a big THANK YOU to Luke (lukeparkinson) for his UA and to Carol(CarolG) for her UA on "Butter wouldn't melt" and to Dave(JohnJo) for his UA on "Autumn Goldfinch" - really brightened up my week and greatly appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Nov 2011 - 11:29 AM
Focal Length:700mm 6.8m from subject tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:9 Nov 2011 - 10:56 AM
Tags:Bird, Close-up, Dendrocopos major, Female, Gardenbird, Great spotted woodpecker, Gsw, Wildbird, Wildlife / nature
Votes:50
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ringyneck
ringyneck  7308 forum posts United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 11:01 AM

Blimey this is a cracking close up...you are so lucky to have her drop in to your garden.

Unfortunate branch yes but I would leave it ...mainly because I would not even attempt to remove it...lol

Love all the ruffled feathers...it looks so much more natural.


shortlisted


Keith

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 11:06 AM

I'm sure there are some PS wizards out there that could remove the branch - but why bother - excellent capture Sylvia.

Mike

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 11:40 AM

Well deserving of many awards, Sylvia, a stunning capture. Carol

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 11:47 AM

A beautiful capture.
An unusually colourful b/g but sets
the bird off well.
I would love to see one so clearly in my area.

B.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 12:03 PM

She really is a beauty ... lovely and natural ... jusy what I like

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 12:08 PM


Quote: I'm sure there are some PS wizards out there that could remove the branch - but why bother - excellent capture Sylvia.

Mike

I have to agree with this Sylvia-. IMO the branch causes no problem at all and in my view it adds to the natural feel of the image. Top shot.Grin
Ron

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Mike_Young
9 Nov 2011 - 12:20 PM

Great image, keep the branch

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 12:32 PM

I could get rid of that branch using Photoshop but why would I want to? It is an image of a beautiful bird in its natural setting and that includes the branch - a wonderful image.

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PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 4100 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 12:32 PM

I think the branch helps as there is something there which has captured the woodies attention. It in no way detracts from a perfect shot. As Maiwand suggested it actually adds to the natural feel which is sometimes lost with too much photoshopping. Brilliant image

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 12:38 PM

It's a beautiful image as it is Sylvia, I personally don't see any reason to remove the branch Wink
Geoff.

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 1:13 PM

A superb female woody, the exposure is quite exceptional. Have to agree with the others the branch doesn't appear to be a problem, all part of what is a superb capture.

Glyn

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 1:18 PM

ANOTHER EXCELLENT SHOT
MIKE

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 1:34 PM

Excellent and wonderful capture,very well done,
saeid

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 1:35 PM

great detail here, a lovely capture

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 1:38 PM

Superb detail Sylvia. What a wonderful image.............Sandy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 2:07 PM

A truly marvellous shot, Sylvia: I don't find the diagonal branch a detraction in any way.
Once again that acer is providing such an excellent backdrop contrast.
The colours in the plumage and the detail are superb.
Ronnie.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 3:11 PM

An amazing shot. Carole

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 - 4:33 PM

A fantastic shot. I can see that you might wish the branch hadn't been there, but, eh, it is and it doesn't spoil an excellent image. Leave it.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 4:34 PM

fantastic detail sylvia an awesome capture nice one Wink
andy

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 4:52 PM

Don't move the branch the shot is perfect and the plumage detail is excellent.
Joan.

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SteveMoulding
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9 Nov 2011 - 4:56 PM

Beautifully captured, Sylvia.
Steve.

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Gray_ina
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9 Nov 2011 - 5:09 PM

Hi Sylvia lovely as is, well done gray.

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 5:51 PM

Lovely image Sylvia,
That Acer provides the perfect backdrop.

Graham.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 5:54 PM

A top shot Sylvia, the branch doesn't detract from the image in my opinion. The detail, colours and clarity are first class

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 6:03 PM

Thank you everybody for your great input and a special THANK YOU to Keith(ringyneck) for the UA and to Graham (Graham_P) for a truly superb MOD - wish I had those skills.
Sylvia

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 6:20 PM

Top quality capture and detail Sylvia.
The branch is fine.
Great shot yet again. Getting better and better
Richard

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john_starkey
9 Nov 2011 - 6:49 PM

The branch is natural i would leave it,i don't think it make's the main subject any less lovely,the eye on this woody is excellent,

John.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95919 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 7:02 PM

Cracking shot Sylvia - methinks you need a quick tidy upWink


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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 7:16 PM

This is a wonderful photograph Sylvia, really top notch in every way. The mod is amazing but I also think the original is fine. Shortlisted (again)
David

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 8:01 PM

WoW WoW & WoW Sylvia Wink Absolute stunner of a shot..........Still loving that BG Tongue

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Samuel_Aron
9 Nov 2011 - 8:09 PM

Absolutely stunning!
Sam.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91904 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 8:24 PM

Fabulous colour - great detail in the whites Sylvia. I don't mind the branch personally.
Nearly a good mod - but cloning repeats on the log and by the side of the GSW tail. Best left alone I think.Smile
Brian.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 10:28 PM

bloomin great and in fact this is a belter

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2011 - 7:58 AM

An absolute cracker of a shot - congratulations on a well deserved UA remove the branch - why!!!

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2011 - 10:00 AM

Have to agree with all the quality of the shot is of such a nature that the branch is not distracting at all - wonderful full frame image - Ina

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