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you're as cold as ice

you're as cold as ice
Photo Information
Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 8:32
Viewed: 3554
Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not a foreigner but it is cold as ice!
Actually it is one of the goldfinches that is visiting my garden frequently. As one can see: it was really cold that day.
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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-01-11 8:48]

Hello Zeno,
Although sharpness missed a little photo is very good. Composition, winter colours are artistic.
Best regards, Pawel

  • Great 
  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-11 8:49]

Hi Zeno!
Nice shot with Bigma.
Good and sharp focus at the eyes/head but with shallow DOF (f6.3) the tail can't be in focus.
Good contrast of white snow, bird color and grey bg.


  • Great 
  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-11 9:26]

hi zeno.
wonderful picture.great compo,but sharpness is a bit soft,i can understand at that moment you might be shivering..I will shiver during normal times only:)

Hi Zeno,

Very nice picture, great composition but the bird is a little aut of focus.

Best regards, Cezar T.

This is an extraordinary composition Zeno. I love the natural framing by the frosty twigs. The sweet red face makes a wonderful focal point in the otherwise neutral colors. I think your focus point was just a little low.

Evelynn : )

great pic, TFS Ori

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-01-11 10:28]

Hi Zeno

This is a beautiful shot. I love the ice on the branches. Beautifully composed with sharp details and precise DOF.



  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-11 12:26]

Hi Zeno. A nice pose in this shot of the Goldfinch with the frost. good detail and natural colours.a good POV/DOF. well done TFS.

  • Great 
  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-11 12:46]

Bonjour Zeno
Très belle prise, bonne netteté et couleurs, bien cadré et joli contraste du givre.
Amicalement Robi

Bellissima composizione, colori sempre stupendi.
Molto molto ... bella.
Ciao Maurizio

  • Great 
  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-11 15:31]

Hi Zeno,
Nice winter shot!
Good compo!
Love the contrast of the red face of the bird and the white snow!

  • Great 
  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2008-01-11 16:18]

Hoi Zeno.

Weer een mooi shot van de Putter. Ik wordt iedere keer weer enthousiast als ik ze tegenkom. geweldige kleuren die je hebt weten vast te leggen. Goede pose, en een goede wazige achtergrond. heel mooi! Was bij jullie nog wel even kouder dan in Noord-Holland. Goed gedaan!


Hi Zeno,
Very nice work here. The bird is beautiful and well presented. The addition of the frosty branches makes a lovely composition.
TFS, Richard

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-11 17:50]

Hi Zeno,
Superb composition with a beautiful species well captured with great camera work. Thanks for sharing Zeno.

Helo zeno,
excellent capture, terrific composition and nice pov,good sharpness and clarity, fantastic colors and nice detail.

Ha ha Zeno, good title and note.

Poor finch being out in that weather.
Good sharpness and composition.


  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-12 7:45]

Hallo Zeno,
Prachtige winterse opname in een perfecte compositie. De contrasterende kleuren zijn erg mooi. Goede zachte achtergrond.

  • Great 
  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-12 8:19]

Hi Zeno, those shots are superb, truly beautiful. I love the composition with the branches filled with frost. You framed it perfectly and the bird is still fantastic with colours and its tender pose. Thank you!


  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-13 0:57]

Hi Zeno.
Last winter many goldfinches did not left our places but weather was warm enough.
Once more very impressive subject with great POV, framing/cropping and superb details/colours reproduction. TFS and best regards.

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-14 10:50]

Hello Zeno, great composition ! The pose is very nice, the snow on the twig is a big plus and the details are sharp, very well done ! Thanks !


Hello Zeno!

Great capture of European Goldfinch - magnificent contrast between frosty branches and warmly coloured beautiful bird.

Well done!


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