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Reflections in the Eyes
Lens: Sigma APO 120-200 F4.5-5.6 DG HSM OS Camera: KP Photo Location: Liberty, Maine ISO: 3200 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: SSGGeezer, 06-03-2018, 06:55 PM

Here is my subject Hairy Woodpecker playing Peek a boo with me on my porch. The second shot is a crop to about 1/5 of the original. I noticed I can see the outline of my porch as well as a clear reflection of my driveway in the bird's eye.

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06-03-2018, 07:26 PM   #2
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Nice! You have lots of detail and low noise for ISO 3200. Unless this is a giant woodpecker, you must have been quite close to get this shot. Does the green fringing come from the background?
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love woodpeckers always a challenge for me getting close to them , nice capture , enjoy listening to them Hammer away !!
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Nice! You have lots of detail and low noise for ISO 3200. Unless this is a giant woodpecker, you must have been quite close to get this shot. Does the green fringing come from the background?
Using my KP so high ISO is not a big deal.
He was backlit and everything in Maine is green from late May until November so it could be CA but I think it is just he has my lawn and trees behind him. Now I will have to look at the uncompressed images to see. I am just amazed at the blue sky and driveway visible in his beady little eye!
BTW second image is just a crop from 5230 x 2813 down to a size of 1240 x 824 so about a 300% crop. I do love my Sigma 120-400 even if it weighs as much as a small baby.



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That's really cool - thanks for sharing and pointing it out
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love woodpeckers always a challenge for me getting close to them , nice capture , enjoy listening to them Hammer away !!
These guys come up and hammer on the porch beams and squawk away if there isn't any suet in the feeder for them. (Or if you are too close to the feeder when they want to eat!)The Downy woodpeckers look just like these guys but are only half to two thirds the size but are less scared when I come out compared to the big birds.

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Check out the latest test shots in the Sigma 120-400 area since there is no CA when shooting him with the light off of my right shoulder. I also played with the CA and PF tools and it changed absolutely nothing on the full resolution image, which had the slight green halo around his puffed up feathers. I could be wrong but PF and CA have not been huge issues with this lens, at least for me.
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Nice one Thomas.
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Nice one Thomas.
Thanks, I have a lot of Woodpeckers coming for a snack. They have also drilled a lot of holes in my plum trees. I need to get some grafting wax.

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Here is my subject Hairy Woodpecker playing Peek a boo with me on my porch. The second shot is a crop to about 1/5 of the original. I noticed I can see the outline of my porch as well as a clear reflection of my driveway in the bird's eye.
It's nice to see the detail and color preserved even at ISO=3200 by the KP
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Wow! Very impressive
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Now that's cool!

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