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Morning Treat

Morning Treat
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Copyright: Karen Beall (kbeall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-18
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Karen's Birds, Photos by K.W. Beall [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-19 5:22
Viewed: 2991
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday morning I took some time to capture the birds feeding outside my window. I was excited to see this woodpecker mixing with the blue jays.

PP work--no color adjustment; just bumped the contrast about 10; crop, resized; highlighted and sharpened.

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  • ved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 102 W: 16 N: 12] (662)
  • [2008-01-19 5:25]

Wonderful composition. Good details and nice moment to capture.

Hi Karen,
Your so lucky to be able to catch birds like this in your garden, The main focus seems to be the side of the feeder though as the Woodpecker seems very slightly out of focus, you still have great colours and details though, I notice you only have a file size of 98kb, maybe if you can get near the 200kb allowed the image might be sightly sharper, nice work though,
Regards Andy

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-01-19 5:55]

hello Karen
WOW you got one for real (unlike my photoshoped one)
The details are amazing..... They are quick big woodpeckers...


A rare bord to capture, i think - and you've done a great job here. Composition and sharpness are great and to catch the wee fella with something in his beak is a super bonus - nice one!

sharpness and details are excellent... the colors especially the orange on its head is beautiful... great capture... tfs


What a lovely capture, Karen! I like this birdie with it's fluorescent colored crown. Great timing of the shot and I like the focus and bokeh.
Freddie :)

Great details and saturation. This picture really caught my eye in the gallery this morning, even though I am still waking up.
I think the bird's beak could be just a tad sharper, but that is only minor, because at one point, the beak almost blends in with the background very slightly.
Nice presentation.

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2008-01-19 8:41]

Yes, he is a treat for sure. I like the composition you have chosen. It looks like the the feeder is more in focus than the bird though. If the camera was on autofocus that would explain things. TFS. K2

Hi Karen,

Amazing shot! Very sharp, excellent detail, lighting and vivid colors. Nicely composed and presented.

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-01-19 13:57]

Wonderful photo, beautiful composition and colors, very good details,
Bye bye

Hello Karen,

I like the colors Bg POV DOF excllent details very crisp well composed and captured photo excllent work and exposure with the capture

TFS Kyle

Hi Karen
Wonderful image! Not an easy guy to capture. Sharpness is near perfect, light is excellent.
Well seen.


did a workshop to try to improve sharpness

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-01-19 23:25]

hi karen;
very cute very sharp in beautiful vivid colors.tfs.

Hello Karen,
What a beautifuwl bird to have visit your feeder! Great sharpness and depth to highlight the beauty of this woodpecker. Savor this one, you may never catch another feeding out of a feeder as they are normally shy birds.

An excellent capture Karen, lovely red in the bird , well composed and good texture in the feeder. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Peppermint Forest’. The peppermints of Western Australia come in a few shapes and sizes. I had some growing as a low border in one house I owned and it was only about 2 feet tall after 6 years.

Re the new intro photo, I was 10 in that one.

Hello Karen,
Beautiful capture of this bird.
Nice composition, good timing. TFS

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-01-20 14:46]

Hi Karen
It's really perfect shot I like everything about this Bird.
Perfect, what more can I say than – bravo...
Greetings, George

Realy stunning Karen
I see you used a 300 mm.
Good job on an excellent photo

Hello Karen,
Fantastic capture, excellent sharpness and depth of field, very nice composition and beautiful vivid colors,very well done!

Hello Karen,
And what a lovely pose you capture here!
Your feathered friend with the catch in the beak, and of course a bird with a hat like this will stand out anywhere...
Great details in the plumage, a well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Hi Karen,
A nice shot of the woodpecker for sure. Focus does look like it's slightly more on the feeder but not bad. A nice pose captured with seed in mouth...always makes the photo more interesting. Good light, exposure and natural colors. Nice shooting Karen!


Hi Karen,
Fantastic display of this woodpecker ! Perfect moment captured. Colors and details and right on. TFS Julie

Hi Karen

This is a beautiful shot. He is such a handsome fellow and you have caught it so well. I love the pose caught, the vibrant colours and the wonderful sharpness. POV and DOF are both excellent



Excellent work. Great capture in superb cross light. Fogy background enahancing the image quality.

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-01-24 23:16]

Nice composition and beautiful colours and frame!
Excellent done!

Hi Karen,

Very nice capture. Excellent colors and well composed.

Take care and TFS,

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2008-02-19 10:55]

it is a beautifl shot my friend... love it

Great composition, sharp details and really eyecatching colours. Great stuff!
Thanks for sharing

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2008-04-12 7:05]

hello karen
cute species and good capture
i like POV, light, colours, sharpness and details

merhaba caren
wonderful lovely bird.excellent colours.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır

NIcely taken...
Decisivity is important...
U must have taken great pains to capture it..

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-07-05 18:03]

Hi Karen, A most appealing close up of this colourful bird with a seed in its mouth. Ideal sharpness and colours. TFS. Murray.

Another very stunning shot.
Great selective focus - with a resulting nice soft BG.
Best regards, Daniel

FELICITATION pour cette photo!!!
Rien a dire
juste admirer!

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