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Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 8:50
Viewed: 3040
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

This pretty little bird is part of a social group that on a daily basis visits our garden for feeding.
She's perched on a Sorbus tree waiting to get a space on the feeder. They are quite happy to feed from a hanging feeder or from the ground.

The weather conditions were very poor, heavily overcast and raining as you can see from the wet leaves.

My 'hide' this time was the front seat of my car on the drive, shooting through my open window resting the lens on the wing-mirror and door.

On average I shoot around 100-120 exposures to get one reasonable one!!

Thanks for looking,


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-13 9:39]

Hi Gary
Great capture from a nice point of view! I like a lot the composition!
Good sharpness and natural colors.
You did a great shot despite the conditions!
My compliments and TFS

Hi Gary,
it's a beautiful bird sitting there on the tree at a rainy day. Seems he is watching the drops on the leaves. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-05-13 10:23]

Great capture !Very nice perspective and POV. Beautiful colors! Regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-13 10:24]

Hi Gary,

Lovely picture - his expression seems to say he isn't pleased with the weather. It's nice to see weather conditions like this - all we have are blue skies and no clouds. The colors, details, pose and setting are wonderful.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-13 11:53]

Hi Gary

Great shot - the pose/POV together with the emerging leaves make the shot for me.


bonjour gary
apres le mâle voici donc la femelle,moins coloré mais bien presentée et nette.
le ciel est un peu trop present et blanc a mon gout.

I like the overcast ambience in this very original picture, Gary. The two tone BG serves extremely well in highlighting the subject -- the female Chaffinch.
The image is well composed with perfect colours and details on the bird in the existing light.
Thanks and take care.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-13 13:29]

Hi Gary.
I like this beautiful composition so much.Very nice pose of this pretty bird on shrub,very good details and pleasant natural colors.Well done this presentation.TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-05-13 17:01]

Hi Gary
Great capture, beautiful colors

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-13 17:06]

Hi Gary
Nice capture.Sharp image with great colors.Your BG blur is also very interesting.
TFS Michel

Hi Gary,

This is a lovely simple compostion with perfect depth of focus. The pose of the bird and the colors are really nice. I wonder if you sharpened the image after resizing for uploading to TN. It is a tiny bit soft but sharpened up nicely when I tried it.

Evelynn ; )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-13 21:05]

Hello Gary

Nicely done.The DOF is super,the focus is excellent with sharp details.The plumage detail is wonderful.Very good colour saturation.The OOF BG is beautiful.TFS


She is a beauty, good detail in the plumage and nice exposure.


Very nice shot Gary good detail in the feathers nice pov good dof and background tfs rgds Necip

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-14 11:04]

Hello GAry,
Lovely capture of this Chaffinch lady looking a bit sad? I like its pose on the green branch very much and the background fits very nicely. Sharp details and nice colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Gary,
Good alround picture of this Chaffinch.
Great positioning in the frame and set off by the foliage.
I feel needs to be a touch lighter to bring out more feather detail.
I not you say you do little PP but I find that nearly all digital photo's require s touch of sharpening. This is not due to the photographer but the medium used, even with the best DSLRs.

Hi, Gary.
Very nice shot. Good pose on branch. Well composed. Sharp. Beautiful colors and setting.

Hi dear Gary ,
As always a perfect shot from lovely bird.
well composed and nice sharpness.
BG is excellent too.
Thanks for sharing
Best wishes

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