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Copyright: mikael pettersen (Tamrock) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 0 N: 290] (1928)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vanderschelden's favourites, Pintassilgo - Carduelis carduelis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-06 9:51
Viewed: 6765
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this beauty i capture in the
fine bird area villa rettig
just with the ocean in gavle
nice light and i got five
shots before he went of

some info:
It is 12-13 cm long with a wingspan of 21-25 cm and a weight of 14 to 19 grams. The sexes are alike, with a red face, black and white head, warm brown upperparts, white underparts with buff flanks and breast patches, and black and yellow wings. The ivory-coloured bill is long and pointed, and the tail is forked. Juveniles have a plain head and a greyer back but are unmistakable due to the yellow wing stripe. Birds in central Asia (caniceps group) have a plain grey head behind the red face, lacking the black and white head pattern of European and western Asian birds.

more info about the goldfinch here:


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To ellis49: hej gert!Tamrock 2 03-08 08:04
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Hi Mikael,
Another outstanding image!
It's really impresive the high quality of the picture, and the razorsharp details got on it.
I like a lot the illumination and the exposition.
It's very enjoyable the plumage and their colors.
Very good the job done with the DOF to put away the background.
A remarkable picture!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Congrats, congrats, congrats...:-), Mikael!

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-06 10:00]

great colors nice expression good focus nice setting.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-06 10:04]

Hi Mikael,

Very sharp capture and fine pose of this goldfinch. Well done.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-03-06 10:07]

Hi Mikael,
The photo almost has a 3D effect. It's sharp, clear, very well exposed and composed. TFS

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-03-06 10:14]

What a colourful bird!!Fantastic details&POV!!TFS!!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-06 10:30]

Hola Mikael,
hermosa captura,
maravilloso y elegante pájaro.
buenos detalles y pov.
excelentes bg. y colores.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-06 10:36]

Tjena Micke!
Excellent capture of a Goldfinch, sharp and set in a fine composition with the branches and Bg. The lighting is superb.
Well done and TFS!
Hälsningar, Ivan

En mycket fin bild!

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-03-06 10:45]

Hi Mikael.
Your picture is simply great. All component of the shot is excellent: captured scene, composition, amazing colours, sharpness and details of the beautiful bird. My compliments and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-03-06 10:46]

Hello Mikael,
Indeed a beauty!
The photo is perfect.I can only give you two points.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-06 10:49]

Hi Mikael,

This Goldfinch really is a beauty. Wonderful colors, lighting, pose, details and BG.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-06 11:08]

Hi Mikael.
Your picture is so great as Gert's similar one. Superb done. Amazing reproduction of all beauties of this fine bird. Composition, DOF, BG are simply perfect. Bravo. One of the best shot of this bird.

Hallå Micke!

It´s very sharp and the colours are real nice! Great lighting and composition too!

Det där villa rettig verkar vara ett guldställe:-)

Regards, Peter

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-06 11:23]

Hi Mikael,

Another beauty from the north,well captured with excellent light,sharpness,th colors of this beatifull bird are outstanding,well done and TFS


bonjour mikael
cette photo est vraiment parfaite,les couleurs sont naturelles est même la face ressort bien.
excellents details.

great portrait, TFS Ori

Great foto of the Goldfinch colors are great very sharp compos good great work

Hi Mikael,
this shot is absolute perfect.
Sharpness and colours, the pose of the pretty bird, I love this arrangement, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Dear Mikael,

The Goldfinch is looking beautiful. The perch is nice. The details are sharp. The background is neutral. Great picture.

Murali Santhanam

Yet another outstanding bird image from you, Mikael.
The picture is stunningly beautiful and perfect in every respect.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-03-06 12:33]

Hello Mikael
Great colors of this goldfinch.
The sahrpness and point of view are superb.
Perfect details
Well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-06 12:53]

Hej Micke,
Stunning shot of this beauty posing nicely for you. Terrific light which has brought out colours beautifully and the sharpness is just great. It really looks splendid against the plain grey background too.
Thanks a lot, Ulla

bonjour Mikael,

magnifique prise de vue, superbe couleur et netteté très belle composition et cadrage nickel bravo


Hi Mikael,

Superb work!!!
Excellent framing, composition, exposure, focus, DOF, detail, background... all!!!

very good shot

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-06 15:14]

Hello Mikael,
Magnificent capture of this goldfinch.POV,vivid colors,clear details,simple BG and composition are excellent.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-03-06 15:53]

Belissimo passaro e exelente foto,muito boa mesmo,tecnica ótima.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-03-06 21:09]

Très belle présentation.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-06 21:16]

hi Mikael,
FANTASTIC, this is just an awesome capture period. Thanks Mikael.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-07 1:37]

A beautiful goldfinch, Mikael.
Your goldfinch are so different from ours.
I like the colors and markings on yours very much.
Sharp details and soft colors and good light.
Great POV and eye contact.
TFS. : )

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-03-07 3:37]

Hello Mikael,
Great capture.POV,lighting,BG,pose of bird and details are excellent.TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-07 4:02]

Hi Mikael,
That's a real beauty, vraiment! Excellent composition and nice background. Goldfinches are so beautiful birds.
Best regards

Bonjour Mikaël,
Ce "chardonneret" est vraiment majestueux. Très belle maitrise de la lumière favorisant l'épanouissement des couleurs et la valorisation des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-07 21:25]

Hello Mikael

A razor sharp image of this goldfinch,with wonderful colour saturation.The DOF and POV are well done.The OOF BG is lovely.Excellent eye contact.A real beauty.TFS


Hi Mikael,
You are right, It's a beauty! Great quality light and a spot on exposure have the colors looking superb. Sharp detail in the plumage.Well composed and framed. Looks great!

Outstanding! love the composition - with great colours and detail.
Well photograph....

Hi Mikael

Wow!! Brilliant camera work. Awesome to view. Thank you! :-)

Hej Micke,
so you manage at last. A beautiful picture of steglitsen.
Very good details and lovely colours.
Beautiful work.

Mitt bredband bara strular, har varit ur mest hela tiden
sedan jag bytte. Ny kör jag på grannens trådlösa ;-(
Om dua har mailat så harjag inte kunnat läsa dom än.
Jag hoppas att skiten kommer igång idag annars byter jag bolag igen.


Great shot and POV. the sharpness and DOF are excellent as is the composition.

well done and TFS

Hello Mikael,

Excellent capture! A wonderful composition following the rule of thirds! Technically I can't find a nit on this picture. The exposure is very well done, light was well handled, sharpness and colors look outstanding, the contrast is very good and focus was achieved with accuracy.
Even from an artistic point of view I there isn't much I can do to improve the picture! Although you used a relatively small aperture, the DOF is fantastic, isolating the subject perfectly from the background. There simply in nothing in this photo to distract from the subject! However, although the composition is excellent, there is a small thing, out of your control, which I would like to change. Of course this isn't possible but I would have preferred to have the goldfinch facing the other way. I think this would improve the composition but as I said before, you couldn't possibly control that. The great eye contact makes the photo more engaging. An excellent posting with useful notes! Thank you!

With Friendly Regards,

Well done Mikael,
A really well taken photograph. Anyone would be more than happy with it.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-03-10 9:39]

Impecable... realmente Mikael.... la extrema agudeza de la imagen gracias al perfecto foco e iluminación, brindan maravillosos detalles del ave, realzados por el despegue producido sobre el trasfondo tan bien logrado y que contrasta con total armonía.
El atinado encuadre y sobria presentación completan una entrega de alto nivel.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Impeccable... really Mikael.... the extreme sharpness of the image due to the perfect focus and illumination, they offer wonderful details of the bird, enhanced by the takeoff produced so well on the background achieved and that it contrasts with total harmony.
The accurate framing and sober presentation completes a post of high level.
My best greetings... Ricardo

Hello Mikael,
This is a perfect capture of this bird. Details, pose, exposure, composition and POV are just stunning! This is very well done! My compliments,

Hej Mikael, a super shot here. Love the colours on this bird. Excellent and outstanding details. Well done excellent work. Love this!!


What a beautiful multicolour bird.
Never seen here in Malaysia.
(only in Europe /central asia)

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