A pileated woodpecker flew by me and landed on this branch early one morning. It was backlit and it wasn’t possible for me to move to a better position. However I loved the graphic nature of the silhouette and took this image. It wasn’t until I checked on my computer when I saw some light come through the red crown feathers
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Any feedback welcome. Should I keep the red as bright or darken it dow
1/250 f6.3 iso100. 600mm on full frame. Processed in LR minor adjustment to increase whites with adjustment brush for the reds. Still a full color image
If anything, I would increase the luminosity of the red to make it really stand out. Truly a terrific capture. The branch/trunk is incredibly interesting as well. The fact that you can see the tail, the beak and a foot is sensational. You had everything going for you in this shot except direct light which it turns out, is what made this image so special.