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Two VERY poor pictures from today that I’m thrilled with.

 
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May 12, 2014 19:31 |  #1

These pictures are horrible and I shouldn't even post them, but I'm so excited about these sightings that I will anyway. Forgive me.

My neighbor discovered an active pileated woodpecker nest in a dead pine tree on his land. This is from 70 meters hand held and very heavy crop. I cannot wait to get some good captures as this story unfolds.


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I heard this incredible song in the treetops and saw a flash of brilliant red come down towards the creek right next to me. A gorgeous scarlet tanager splashed and played in the water like a child about 20 feet away. Naturally I didn’t have my camera. By the time I came back from my house this was the best capture I could get of him high in the trees singing his heart out. A first sighting on our land.


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May 12, 2014 19:35 |  #2

lol awesome Barry!! ...If only all of life was like this lol


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May 12, 2014 19:42 as a reply to  @ Pondrader's post |  #3

Haha Barry, your pictures are wonderful when they're of neat finds like these!
Love the dreamy look to the Pileated BTW, you should do long distance hand held as an art form. Congrats on the Scarlet too....I'm still waiting to see one in the summertime.


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May 12, 2014 19:42 |  #4

Can't wait to see more!


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May 12, 2014 20:04 |  #5

Pondrader wrote in post #16900196 (external link)
lol awesome Barry!! ...If only all of life was like this lol

CamFan01 wrote in post #16900216 (external link)
Haha Barry, your pictures are wonderful when they're of neat finds like these!
Love the dreamy look to the Pileated BTW, you should do long distance hand held as an art form. Congrats on the Scarlet too....I'm still waiting to see one in the summertime.

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Can't wait to see more!

You all are WAY too kind. Thank you so much.


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May 12, 2014 20:24 |  #6

I completely understand.

Here's my sample of a really cool pic that didn't come out worth a darn. As John, another poster told me, sometimes the story is more important than the technical aspects of the photo.

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May 12, 2014 20:47 |  #7

WhidbeyHiker: “. . . the story is more important than the technical aspects of the photo.”
Love it, my friend. One more proof of why photographers make the best philosophers.


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May 12, 2014 20:50 |  #8

What an awesome find! Great job and I look forward to all the lovely pictures you will get of these birds in the future!


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May 12, 2014 21:02 as a reply to  @ butterfly2937's post |  #9

OK Barry, now we'll be waiting for baby Pileated shots. ;) and the Scarlet Tanager was my favourite bird as a little kid. I have never ever seen one still, but when I saw pictures of them, they became my favorite bird. i think I was 5.


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May 12, 2014 21:14 |  #10

butterfly2937 wrote in post #16900373 (external link)
What an awesome find! Great job and I look forward to all the lovely pictures you will get of these birds in the future!

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OK Barry, now we'll be waiting for baby Pileated shots. ;) and the Scarlet Tanager was my favourite bird as a little kid. I have never ever seen one still, but when I saw pictures of them, they became my favorite bird. i think I was 5.

You folks are way too kind.
You may be setting the bar a little bit higher than I can jump :-)
Ian, I love your Tanager story.


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May 12, 2014 21:26 |  #11

Agreed, it's not always the 'perfect' picture but the moment and sometimes all the events/time/effort spent that lead to that moment. I'm still waiting for my owl moment :(


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May 13, 2014 03:01 |  #12

Photography makes you more sensitive about beauty around you.... the joy you derive out of this alone worth the effort of carrying a camera...:)


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May 13, 2014 04:26 |  #13

Congrats Barry, can't wait to see more!


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May 13, 2014 08:12 |  #14

MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #16900457 (external link)
Agreed, it's not always the 'perfect' picture but the moment and sometimes all the events/time/effort spent that lead to that moment. I'm still waiting for my owl moment :(

sanil wrote in post #16900942 (external link)
Photography makes you more sensitive about beauty around you.... the joy you derive out of this alone worth the effort of carrying a camera...:)

I couldn't agree more, MedicineMan and sanil. Great stuff.

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Congrats Barry, can't wait to see more!

I'll sure give it a try, Bret. I don't know if the quality will improve too much however--I'd rather settle for grainy sorryass pictures than risk disturbing these beauties too much :-)


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May 13, 2014 11:43 |  #15

Great story Barry and I know the feeling about getting the shots no matter what the quality, sometimes the quality is all in what you experienced and your experience seems to ave been top quality! :)


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