The photo below is of a male Hairy Woodpecker bringing food back to his nest hole. When I found this nest hole I was excited to photograph it, but the background is in dappled lighting all day which makes for a terrible background. To solve this problem I put “fake” background up using a green colored cloth hanging on a stand. Since the nest hole is shaded in the morning and gets direct harsh sunlight the rest of the day I chose to shoot the nest in the morning with both the nest and the background shaded. I had to use two flashes – one on the bird and one on the background to get even lighting.

To see a larger photo and several others of this bird please visit today’s phlog post


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