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A morning visitor

A morning visitor
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Copyright: Shelly OBrien (ShellyOB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 86 N: 790] (3425)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8D ED AF
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-14 8:35
Viewed: 2051
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the mornings, after I have coffee, I take my camera out and check my feeders to see if there are any different kinds of birds showing up. I see a lot of the same ones - wrens, chickadees, titmouses... yawn. This one shows up frequently and the smaller, Downy Woodpecker. That's my favorite. This makes a good subject to practice on, though and I love the color of its head.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-12-14 8:46]

Hi Shelly,
A very sharp capture of this Woodpecker with such a red head. Great details in its face features and plumage. I like the timing you chose to obtain this pose.
Well done for this neat work.

Francis Xavier

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-12-14 8:53]

Hi Shelly

Perfect sharpness on the profiled woodpecker with nice use of a shallow dof. Good gleam & reflection in the eye with vibrant color & punchy light contrasts. Tfs & Merry Xmas (also to the fv crew on my behalf)

Beautifully captured, Shelly.

Excellent detail and definition throughout the plumage.
Light is perfect and the aperture throws just enough of the background out of focus without sacrificing any details.
Great pose of the bird too, and your timing was perfect to get the great sense of awareness the bird is displaying.



Ahhh knawing my LEG OFF!! Jealous!! What a great shot Shelly! You are killing me! This is fantastic! wonderful natural pose, super sharpness, wonderful BG! arrrggg.. gotta get busy!!

Details are so sharp with wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.

Very sharp and beautiful colours
nice sharp image of the woodpecker, good colours and focus

Hello Shelly

A super sharp image here. I really like the colors and great DOF. I wish I had the patience for this type if Photography. Nice capture.


Wow, perfect nature shot ... could be right out of National Geographic! Perfectly sharp, and nice use of shallow DOF. Great job Shelley.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-12-14 10:39]


quelle compo et iamge superbe captage de cet bel oiseau ces couleurs avec le rouge sur la tête, ce long bec, avec ce plumage noir et des taches blanches, sur ces belles branches, quel captage et compo fantastique.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Shelly,
Another well taken shot of this Downy Woodpecker,
A sharp and clear presentation of the bird,
good colors and tone with great details,
a very well done caught of view..

An amazing sharp shot from such a cute colorful bird against a smooth BG, Shelly!
The colors are natural and clarity is well maintained.
The sharpness and POV are excellent.
Well caught mood in the picture!

Kind regards,

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 774 W: 26 N: 808] (9424)
  • [2011-12-14 12:05]

Hi Shelley,
I think this is even better than your last shot of the woodpecker, the focus is perfect and he is almost three dimensional

Hi Shelly
good capture, well timed and composed. curious pose.
perfect clarity of the bird's features and feathers. very clear flamage patern.

Olá Shelly
One mopre of this top model bird. Good sharpness and still wear a magic dress color pattrn.
Um abraço

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-12-14 12:26]

Hi Shelly,
VERY awesome capture of this woodpecker with his beak/mouth open. Fantastic eye catch and nice natural colors. Nice lighting! TFS Julie

Greetings ,this is a superb shot!The colors and sharpness are outstanding.It has a nice active posture.Friendly regards,Otto.

Hi Shelly,

Simply a super shot,lovely deep colours and nice and sharp,very well done.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-12-14 18:34]

Very detailed and sharp accented by the vibrant colors. An interesting pose that is nicely placed in a natural setting.

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-12-14 23:26]

Hi Shelly...
Perfect sharpness...
Light is perfect...
Composition, timing is so nice...

Hi Shelly, this one is very sharp and detailed. Nice light in the eye, he looks like hes mouthing off at you. Fiona

excellent clarity and colours - definitely a keeper. Good job

Hi, Shelley. This is a lovely photo of Downy woodpecker with excellent clarity with natural colors and surroundings. The POV and the composition adds to the quality of the photo. Cheers.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-12-16 19:47]

Hi Shelly,

Awesome capture!
What a neat and fine picture! Great tension with its pose!
Sharp details and good natural colors. I particularly appreciate the light in its eye.
A superb post!


Hi Shelly...beautiful focus and soft background in your shot. The depth of field gives some nice interest as it pulls us in to the subject.


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-12-19 15:29]

Hello Shelly :)

This bird looks in the red "cap" wonderfully :).
The fantastic composition in pretty colours and light
and perfect realization.
I like him very much...congratulations!

My best wishes.

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