15 Jun 18 Got some great news Thursday from another member of our church that he was skilled with Mailchimp so with a bit of luck I should have the mail situation under control for next week's mailings. Let's hope! Today's image is more along the close up than macro type but I think it conveys the same idea. The photo club in which I participate (I'm VP, pres elect) is more of a social club than a competitive one and places emphasis on training and field trips rather than on score keeping. I would enjoy a bit more of the competitive stuff but that isn't going to happen. I could always join any number of other clubs focusing on competition but that would mean more commitment and I think I'm committed out so I'll just accept things as they are. At least once a month this club holds a Tech Tuesday in which one member with expertise in an area hosts a get together to go over some aspect of photography. A few days back the topic was shooting birds from a blind. I participated but never got into the blind, electing instead to shoot from basically behind the blind. Worked out rather well as the techniques, excepting the camouflage, were the same. The subjects were to be birds but we had very few participants with just a couple of humming birds showing up along with a few finches and one Pileated Woodpecker. Now we have a family of them living on the property along with three other kinds of woodpeckers, but our feeders are situated such that getting usable portraits of them is almost impossible. So I was delighted to have the one subject pose for us for the better part of an hour. This is one of the shots I got that night of the critter having a bit of suet. In the original capture the other half of the chain holding the feeder was in front of the bird's bill, so I had to remove it but otherwise this is a straight shot.
In addition to the chain removal I've given the image a wee bit of contrast enhancement but that's it. Nikon D500; 150 - 300; Aperture priority; ISO 1000; 1/500 sec @ f /11 on a tripod.