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Who Ruffled Your Feathers ?

Who Ruffled Your Feathers  ?
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Ruffled !, Open Up....II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 6:04
Viewed: 3891
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken last Sunday in the Forest as you see it was a bit windy . I just found the look and expression on the chaffinches face so funny. I think he was so pleased just to see the food.

Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs ) One of the commonest and most widespread birds in Britain, favouring a wide variety of habitats including gardens, parks and woodland. In winter numbers are boosted by the influx of north european birds. Song comprises a descending trill with a characteristic final flurish. Feeds mainly on Insects during the summer months but seeds in the winter where they often gather in large flocks

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Hi Nick
What a lovely chaffinch my friend:) The caudal feathers looks like a skirt :). Your captue is excellent as usual with wonderful POV, DOV sharpnes and great composition. The tissue of trunk and grains on this marvelous. TFS.
Have a nice saturday friend!


Hi Nick, I see you have captured the very rare "Vertical Take Off Chaffinch" it's a wingless variety that uses rapid wind/feather twitching to take off...I am proud of you for capturing this first!! great details and wonderful feathers...it's got a great DOf as well...fine capture!! best regards h

Hi Nick
Magnificent take with vivid colors and very good sharpness. Interesting wings movement

Hello Nick
Excellent shot of this chaffinch,
Perfect focusing,composition and POV,Welldone my friend.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-08 7:09]

Hi Nick

Hahaha..this is indeed a really funny look and pose! Very well captured!
Your timing here was great in order to catch it exactly like that. So i see birds can do a little Marilyn Monroe impersonations, too :))

Excellent natural light here (boy i miss some sun here!) and wonderful colors everywhere.
Good exposure and spot-on DOF - to have everything in the FG and the chaffinch in full focus while still retain such a lovely bokeh in the BG.
Great work again!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Nicholas,
Doesn't look very satisfied, this one..
Good light, compo, background,...

Fun shot! Excellent detail. The 40D suites you very well! Excellent and a bit unusual portrait! Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-08 7:27]

Hello Nick,
A vert surprised Chaffinch! I think. Excellent photo in perfect sharpness and great warm and clear colours. Lovely pose, POV and composition.


Funny image,
But very well done,
I think you are right about the expression, it's almost like WOW!,


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-08 8:18]

Hi Nick,

This is a one and only. I've not seen a shot of a Chaffinch like this. Great timing to get this comical pose. Couldn't be better!


See? This is what I mean...How close to the bird were you? they seem to sense me around and flit away...I must have been 100 feet from the finch..and your lens is a fine one...well worth the price....very nice image Nick..

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-03-08 8:51]

Hi Nicholas,
Very neatly isolated, great details, love the background.I may have eliminated a little of the OOF foreground.I like the Pose with the open beak.

Perfect timing and witty title Nick. Very nice details and composition.TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-08 9:36]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of this Chaffinch with immaculate sharpness and nice colours. Superb warm lighting and the windswept feathers look majestic. It almost is a "Monroe" pose. Great DOF and POV and the composition is marvellous. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-08 9:44]

Hello Nick,
When you catch a Chaffinch with its feathers ruffled by the wind one realises how dense the plumage is of these birds: it looks like a thick coat. Nice POV and sharpness. Maybe it could be centrally composed here wwith it being face-on.
Thanks for sharing this one. I find Chaffinches are hard to photograph in Sweden, though they are beginning to sing now.
Have a good weekend,

Buena iluminacion encuadre y colores.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-08 9:52]

Ha ha! Funny shot Nick :-) And a great title to go with it!
Excellent clarity and detail as always.
Nice, vibrent colours and great lighting.
Well exposed.
Superb work!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-08 10:05]

Hi Nick

Great POV and excellent timing. The detail and colours are beautiful too.


Hello Nick,
Oh! this is a true beauty, he is so cute with the expression!
perfect pose of him in total sharpness, wonderful colour and details in the shot
always the quality posting from you
many thanks for sharing
best regards to you and family

Hello Nicholas,
he looks a bit ruffled ;-), and he seems to have something to say about it.
Cute shot, the details and colors are wonderful.
Very well composed.

Splendida immagine, una ventata di bellezza. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Nick,

Why does this reminf me of the clasic image of Marilyn Monroe? Nice detail as usual and lovely soft light, and I love the expression on Marilyn's face. Nice posting.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-08 14:51]

Hola Nicolas.
Parece que este Gorrion quiere lucir los colores de su plumaje. fina foto y exelente encuadre.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-08 16:06]

Hi Nico,very nice point of view and excellent quality of colours and sharpness,best light,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Nicholas,
Wonderful shot of this Chaffinch, beautiful light, very good detail, perfect background, and well framed and composed, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hello Nicholas,

Very funny presentation of this chaffinch. Excellent composition. Great sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.

Hi Nick, splendid frontal view of this lovely bird with ruffled feathers, superb details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Too cute! Love the ruffled look. This is another great dynamic photo - you froze the activity without blur but yet you didn't lose the sense of motion.

Bonjour Nick
Superbe prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et attitude du sujet exceptionelle, félicitations.
Amicalement Robi

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-09 9:54]

Nicholas, Excellent shot and i totally agree with the pose. Excellent POV. Ganesh

Hello Nick
Exceptionnelle !!! cette prise de vue
Grand bravo
et merci

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-12 1:02]

Hi Nick,
I liked the pose you captured :o) Good lighting, POV, composition, focus & sharpness and details. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-12 4:51]

Hello Nicholas, well done my friend, you shot this bird at the right time, great composition, good technique too, good job, thanks!


Wonder what Excellent POV with good colour and detail and as usual. excellent note.Perfect timing!

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-03-12 11:00]

Ola Nicholas
Bela captura deste lindo passaro com uma pose impressionante e expressiva. A nitidez e cores desta imagem ficou excelente.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-14 1:40]

Hello Nick,
Amusing capture of the Chaffinch - looks like he's got a skirt on! :-) Great focus, sharpness and colours. Nice warm background too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-14 8:15]

Hi Nick.
Fantastic subject and outstanding quality of the image. Whar a terrific of razor sharpness and crisp details of the FG and bird (its feathers are reflected with great skill) and wonderful at highest range smooth, colorful BG. My congratulations. This is a big good luck. Bravo.

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