Red-bellied Woodpecker at Feeder

Daily Image - 3 December 2011 - Red-bellied Woodpecker at Feeder

This is the first time that I’ve duplicated an image in the project but the subject was so important that he deserved a second, far superior shot. The problem was that he comes to the feeder so early in the morning that light is poor, making it impossible to get a good, detailed shot. The answer was a wireless flash, placed outside, two metres away from the feeder, and triggered from inside, shooting through a meticulously cleaned kitchen window. I used a 2X teleconverter to convert my 200mm lens to 400mm and then coupled it with my APS-C camera to effectively increase the focal length to just over 600mm. As you can see, the effort was worth it. The shot from two days ago was used on the CBC’s News at Six broadcast that night.

Minolta Maxxum 7D – Tamron 70-200mm – f 2.8 – 2X Teleconverter – 608mm – ISO 400 – f5.6 – 1/125.

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About gerrycurry

Gerry Curry was educated at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he received a diploma in Fine Arts - Photography. Gerry is a certified Apple Computer Systems Engineer by profession and as an independent consultant has worked with the graphic arts and pre-press industry, both in south-western Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, for over 26 years. He has been at the forefront of digital imaging from its inception. Gerry teaches primary computer systems maintenance, advanced colour calibration and colour management courses for graphic design, digital fine art and photography students as well as professionals. For several years, in the 80's he was an annual guest lecturer on user-based computer maintenance at the Rochester Institute of Technology - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gerry now lives on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, close to Yarmouth, where he shares 30 acres close to the sea with his wife Nancy and their English and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Gerry enjoys tinkering with computers, working his dogs, flyfishing, writing and of course, photography.
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2 Responses to Red-bellied Woodpecker at Feeder

  1. Sandi Gargano says:

    Hi. Congrats on the CBC using it. Beautiful!

  2. He is absolutely precious! I love him 🙂

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