Friday, 15 June 2012

Two Woodpeckers, thanks mate....

... would be the normal request at a bar from Susan's brother in law.

These are the other, non-cider type woodpeckers, as seen in the car-park at Chenonceau on one of my many séjours there this month.

The first is a Green Woodpecker rummaging in the grass, which is normal for these birds. If you want to see the complete, unedited wobble cam version exactly as it came out of the camera but in HD, here's the link.

Green Woodpecker, taken in very low light
through a car windscreen
For those curious but not much more amongst
us, this is a heavily edited version of the vid
The second woodpecker is a juvenile Greater Spotted. Once again, the full unedited version is here. Both the unedited videos are about 5 minutes long.

And here is the edited video
These were taken with my new camera on maximum zoom, which explains the wobble. When you are holding a camera in your hand with a 720mm zoom fully extended, even the slightest shake can mean you completely loose your target.

Simon

6 comments:

GaynorB said...

Great photographs!

Pollygarter said...

Simon, there is now a rig available that converts the camera into a shoulder balanced camera for ciné use.
It is also meant to steady the camera for long lens still shots.

Nice pix by the way.
Tim

Simon said...

thanx for comments re pics :)

Tim - I usually brace the camera on something - the movie of the GSWP was braced on the window sill and isnt too bad. The GWP was immediately in front of the car. so I had to have the camera virtually over (and behind) my head so it wouldnt hit the windsreen or just take shot of the bonnet...

Niall & Antoinette said...

Great photographs--especially as you can clearly see the 'pattern' on the green woodpecker.

Emm said...

what is a woodpecker when you request it in a bar? Inquiring minds want to know.

Simon said...

Emm Woodpecker is a brand of cider (Alcoholic drink, not apple juice) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodpecker_Cider