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Prince Charming

Prince Charming
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-02 6:06
Viewed: 2747
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis is doing well in the UK, and has become a common garden bird in recent years. A flock of godfinches is known as a "charm" and this bird is a male, distinguished by the extent of the red "mask" - hence the title ;-)

Another shot from a hide, with the finches coming to a feeding station (they are costing me a fortune to feed!). This shot was taken with the tripod-mounted 300mm f/2.8 fitted with the Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter, which has proven to be amazingly sharp, but demanding of very good technique. Lighting was a combination of natural light and fill flash, which allowed me to stop down the lens to f/8. At this focal length and at close range, it is a challenge to get a small bird's head and feet both within the depth of field!

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Hello Nigel,
A masterpiece from close range.....with excellent sharpness.
Indeed Prince Charming.....What a splendid bird....... Perfect details and natural colors.
The composition, the light and exposure are perfect. Thanks for visiting my gallery and for your useful comment! I set the cloudy WB and war up the image.....
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2012-04-02 6:52]

Hello Nigel,

Excellent portrait of this beautiful bird with splendid details. Wonderful colors, OOF BG, composition and POV. Really beautiful, Prince Charming indeed. TFS.


Beautiful portrait of this lovely bird, Nigel.
Impressive and successful camera settings to obtain this razor sharp and colourful image.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-04-02 7:47]

Hello Nigel,
Exceptional photo of this Goldfinch in fantastic clarity and colours. Excellens sharpness, details, frontal pose with eye contact and composition. Beautiful contrasting blurry background.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2012-04-02 8:53]

hi nigel,
very nice details and sharpness. good colors too

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-04-02 8:55]
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Hello Nigel,
A fine capture of this charming bird, nicely taken from a hide. Technically of top standard with the frontal POV showing his features with excellent sharpness and quality in a suitable composition. The use of flash seemed to have been positive.
Thanks and kind regards,

Absolutely incredible shot Nigel! Impressive in every single way. From the superb definition, sharpness and colors to the breathtaking simplicity! Fantastic white balance, soft light and composition. It is unthinkable to wish for some improvements here ...bravo!
George Veltchev

GREAT photo Nigel! The pose of the bird, the composition, the BG and the sharpness are excellent. The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

Hello Niegel,
Excellent photo of this Goldfinch, very good sharp and colorful details, nice composition, TFS!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-04-02 11:09]

Hi Nigel,
Excellent portrait of a beautiful bird. Nice colours with excellent details.
Good composition and blurred background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Nigel. One of the best pic of bird recently seen. Top details and sharp. Brillint colours.


hallo Nigel,
are wonderfull birds! :)
natural colour, good details and the way is looking is great! :)
best wishes,

Hi Nigel, great shot, in good pose, but the flash taking away all the shadows got me feeling a bit icky. It took a while for me to figure out what was wrong with the image, but that was it, otherwise a a great shot that I'd be jealous of


Hello Nigel,

Hope you are well. This is one hell of a marvelous shot of this elegant European Finch, inch perfect, sharp focus, good light and what a superb background!And the flash has not harmed the plumage of the bird in any way.....thanks a lot for sharing a superb photo.....take care....warmest regards/Abid

Bonjour Nigel,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet, sous un bon angle de prise de vue, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Nigel,
Stunning portrait of this wonderful bird.For weeks I'm waiting my time..
Perfect pose and POV,marvelous colors and remarkable sharpness.Masterpiece indeed.Congrats!
Thank You,
Kind regards

Hello Nigel,
Beautiful, great POV and BG, excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colors.
compliments and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-02 19:05]

Hello Nigel,
I must say the European Goldfinch is such an attractive bird as is evident by your wonderful image. You could not have asked for a better pose, which shows of it's gorgeous plumage in fine fashion. Awesome coloration and perfectly exposed. Love the blurred light blue BG and catchlight in it's eye. Great work!!

Hi Nigel

An absolutely brilliant capture of a bird coruscate with resplendence. Thanks for the share.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-04-02 22:38]

Hi Nigel.
Simply outstanding picture. All is superb. Delicate colours, fantastic details of the bird and twig. Fine smooth BG, impressive POV and composition. Well done and kind wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-04-03 4:16]

Hi Nigel,magnificent pose and spectacular capture whit the best quality of sharpness and colors,impossible to make better,it's a very professional work and a great pleasure to see.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-04-03 4:38]

Beautiful bird and image, fine composition. tfs.

Hello Nigel,
Photo of this Goldfinch is fantastic.

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