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On Wings of Sound
On Wings of Sound

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Challenge: Birds In Flight (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: Mar 21, 2011
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2011

Downy woodpecker, male.

Adjustments: noise reduction, levels, crop as per Basic Editing rules.

Image is approximately life-size. He's flying about 35mph, which he can hit from standing in under 1/4sec, from what I've read. Thank you DPC for the challenge!

Place: 36 out of 114
Avg (all users): 5.7930
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.2500
Avg (non-participants): 6.0061
Views since voting: 1063
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 227
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/11/2011 01:47:38 PM
Beautiful creature.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2011 09:58:10 PM
I'm not happy with the focus of this shot. It feels like a shot that depends on it being sharply in focus and just isn't. Also the glare in the eye seems unlucky as I think that also detracts. The wing position and spots on the wing are just awesome. Great subject!
03/28/2011 09:45:11 AM
I love that photography gives us a chance to see what we wouldn't have otherwise. I had no idea that they had polka-dot wings! How cool is that! (just looking, not voting)
03/25/2011 10:14:17 PM
03/24/2011 11:47:59 PM
Great capture. Nice Photo. In my top 3.
03/24/2011 02:07:41 PM
Very nice.
03/24/2011 11:39:40 AM
A beautiful display of plumage and the opalescent eye tells a tale of magic! 7
03/23/2011 06:17:37 PM
woody woodpecker in the act
03/23/2011 08:35:41 AM
Love that you captured the catch light in his eye.

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