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    Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

    Male Great Spotted Woodpecker by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

    Male Great Spotted Woodpecker by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

    Male Great Spotted Woodpecker by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

    The male and female Greater Spotted Woodpeckers are alternating their visits to our garden, presumably the egg/hatchling requires one of them there the whole time. In previous years they've brought the youngster over to feed, so I'll be keeping an eye out for them.

    Cropped, but not hugely so. Taken with a Mk I 7D and 70-200 f/4L w 1.4x extender.
    See more at www.andyleslie.com and www.facebook.com/AndyLesliePhotography, not to mention https://www.flickr.com/photos/andylesliephotography/

    There's birds in them thar hills!

    #2
    Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

    really like the composition but the noise level is really high, or is that some processing effect you've used
    :- Ian

    5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

    :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosespana/

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      #3
      Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

      Yes, they do look much noisier here than when originally processed. I've not grunged them up or anything, at least, not deliberately.
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      There's birds in them thar hills!

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        #4
        Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

        Originally posted by Tigger View Post
        really like the composition but the noise level is really high, or is that some processing effect you've used
        Very nice Andy but agree with Ian
        Chris

        60D, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM,
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          #5
          Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

          Originally posted by AndyL View Post
          Yes, they do look much noisier here than when originally processed. I've not grunged them up or anything, at least, not deliberately.
          I did wonder if it was some odd effect as the photos are really nice, just spoiled by noise
          :- Ian

          5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

          :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosespana/

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            #6
            Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

            All very good shots of the woodpeckers but spoiled by the excessive noise. The "original" on flickr is only 1050 x 750, so if this is the original crop size, then the noise would be explained to an extent although at only ISO 320 it shouldn't be that bad. Also have you sharpened the whole image - as that will make the background noise even worse.

            Stan
            Stan - LRPS, CPAGB, BPE2*

            http://neptuno-photography.foliopic.com/
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              #7
              Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

              I looked at the data on flickr and was a bit lost as well - hence my comment about some effect
              :- Ian

              5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

              :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosespana/

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                #8
                Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                _18_1008 by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

                _18_1013 by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

                _18_1015 by Andy Leslie, on Flickr

                Processed through DPP to TIFF this time. Any less noisy?
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                There's birds in them thar hills!

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                  #9
                  Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                  noise is much better but at the loss of detail on the bird - bit of a trade off I think
                  :- Ian

                  5D Mk III, 24-105 / 70-200 f2.8 L / 100-400 Mk II / 100 macro / 16-35 L / 11-24 L / 1.4 & 2x converters and a bad back carrying it all ;o)

                  :- https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosespana/

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                    #10
                    Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                    Agree with the other guys comments. Well captured just shame about the trade off for more detail vs noise.
                    Luke Grayson

                    Camera: 7D Mark I

                    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130030531@N05/

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                      #11
                      Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                      Nice detail even with the noise, good to get such shots of a wary bird that always disappears around the other side of the tree for me!

                      David
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                      Canon 7D II, Sigma 150-600mm Sport, Sigma 18-300mm, Sigma 8-16mm, National Geographic Expedition Carbon, Lensmaster RH1 Gimbal.


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                        #12
                        Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                        All look much better but you need to be able to use noise reduction on a selective basis rather than on an image as a whole. I have never used DPP, much prefer the flexibility offered by photoshop. For NR I use Neat Image as a plug in and apply it on a separate layer so that by using a layer mask I can either restrict the NR to the background or if the subject itself is looking too noisy I can by varying the opacity of the mask, remove as much or as little of the noise as I want

                        Stan
                        Stan - LRPS, CPAGB, BPE2*

                        http://neptuno-photography.foliopic.com/
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                          #13
                          Re: Male Greater Spotted Woodpecker

                          Originally posted by Stan View Post
                          All look much better but you need to be able to use noise reduction on a selective basis rather than on an image as a whole. I have never used DPP, much prefer the flexibility offered by photoshop. For NR I use Neat Image as a plug in and apply it on a separate layer so that by using a layer mask I can either restrict the NR to the background or if the subject itself is looking too noisy I can by varying the opacity of the mask, remove as much or as little of the noise as I want

                          Stan
                          A nice set you've captured there Andy. Using Stan's method is a great way of selectively combatting any noise you might want to remove.
                          Alan.

                          7D2, 24-105 L / 70-200 F2.8 ii L / 50 F1.8 prime / Sigma 10-20 F4-F5.6

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