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_MG_7468 She didnt notice me opening the window

_MG_7468 She didn't notice me opening the window

Female Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Lots better contrast when there aren't two panes of glass between the bird and me.
I really couldn't see any glint in the eye so I zoomed in on it and used the dodge tool set to midtones to lighten the area where I assumed the iris must be. Gives much more life to the bird.

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Canon EOS 50D
1/400s f/5.0 at 300.0mm iso800 full exif

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godro08-Feb-2013 22:36
Nice capture!
heather28-Jan-2013 19:10
Well captured Isabel!
Sue Weisensel28-Jan-2013 03:33
A beautiful bird!...and very nice capture!
Judith Barnett28-Jan-2013 01:56
Nice work adding the eye light and thrilling to capture one without a window in between you and it
Digipets27-Jan-2013 22:40
I concur with all messages...great tonal contrast and the exposure is perfect! Lovely, soft, yellow on the chest and vibrant red! kris
Gary Retterbush27-Jan-2013 21:24
That is a really superb image! I agree 100% on the eye making a big difference, good work!
Laryl27-Jan-2013 19:48
wow wonderful catch! I've never seen a woodpecker close enough to get a shot like this.. too cool!
pemkid27-Jan-2013 19:32
Lots more color variation without the glass
Carol Rollins27-Jan-2013 19:31
Great clarity and details on this image Isabel. Nice work!
Irene Wehrli27-Jan-2013 19:19
Brilliant capture of this beauty Isabel, stunning she did not notice when you opened the window, mine would not tolerate it...