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Female Chaffinch

Female Chaffinch
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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: 2008-12-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-09 10:43
Viewed: 3461
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was taken last Sunday when we had the first bright weekend for a long time . This was taken with a Canon 400 f5.6 lens. I liked the pose from this female with her head turned to one side.

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-09 10:51]

Hello Nicholas,
Superb shot of the Chaffinch, nicely composed shot with a great POV and pose, good detail and excellent warm colours and lighting.
Best regards.

Hi Nick
Beautiful, perfectly sharp image. Great contrast, nice blured background, good composition with main object on the left. Nothing to critique

Hello Nicholas
One of my favourite birds and in my opinion very under rated.
Very natural pose and good colourings..perhaps a touch to much sharpening?...A nice sharp lense tho it has to be said the 400 f 5.6.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-09 11:26]

Hi Nick,

I agree with you - her pose is lovely. The colors are wonderful with beautiful shadings especially on the face. She seems to be glowing. Very sharp details of the face and plummage. I love the beak and the eye line. A lovely composition on the slightly diagonal branch. Nice to see a blue sky there.


Hi Nick
Good use of the light in this shot, really brings out the details well. Nice background too!
Kind Regards

Ciao Nicck, fantastic blurry BG in a lovely diagonal composition with cute little bird, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-09 13:08]

Hello Nicholas, splendid shot of thid female chaffinch. details, colours and composition are superb.
TFS and G's,

Hola Nicholas, celebro que te haya gustado mi toma de Montserrat. Nada que ver con tu depurada técnica con las aves, ya que, como en este caso, parece que mejores la realidad !!

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Ciao Nicholas,
meravigliosa immagine di femmina di fringuello catturata con una straordinaria definizione, con dettagli fantasici del piumaggio, splendida posa con uno stupendo OOF BG dai magnifici colori.

hi Nicolas,
anothergreat shot of an Finch and this time a female.
nice pov, dof.
good of sharpness with beautiful colours.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-09 13:47]

Hi Nick

Beautiful pose with great deatail. The light and BG are really good.


Hi Nick,
Very good picture of female Chaffinch with nice pose, great sharp details and natural colours.

dear nicholas, very great shot. the details and pov are excellent and the bg is perfect. tfs.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-09 15:52]

Hello Nick,
This is a very nice lady, great pose by the bird.. I need to
set up my backyard to attract more birds.. Great POV, the colors
and the details are very sharp.. Well done


Hello Nicholas, what a great caoture, amazing details in the plummage, excellent composition and pov, fantastic sharpness and depth of field beautiful natural colors and such a lovely blurred background.
well done.

Correctly I should congrat you on this fine photo first, but my mind wanders back into the fog we shared for a while and as I sit here at 5:45 pacific Coast PM time...still foggy but a bit of rain and it had better change or I'm going to book a cruise....I might have to ask James to take me with him...

I am happy you are out in the sunny weather and doing what yo do so best Nick...I have food out in the feeder, but our birds are gone...not sure what is up but as I mentioned to another...I suspect they feel some changes in the geomag field...mostly birds do that aka Homing pigeons...

Hi Nicholas,
An exquisite capture of this l. Chaffinch.
It's so enjoyable the profusion of nice details on the plumage, as well as the pose with the head slightly turn side.
The wide aperture created such a beauty and artistic background.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-09 21:36]

Hi Nick.
First I wish to congratulate you with new great piece of photo equipment. It is great tool for your favorite kind of shooting – birding and not only for it. Superb shot of next your photo model. I like wonderful colours of the BG, excellent sharpness and details of the bird and tree branch and, of course, great POV and composition of the image. Hear turning of the bird and its glance are very cute. Bravo. Excellent job.

Hi Nick,
Amazing shot of this beautiful chaffinch with splendid colours and sharpness. Its posture and the lighting is superb. Excellent DOF and composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-10 1:16]

Hi Nicholas,
Very nice capture of this lady.Sharpness,clear details,sharpness,BG and lighting are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Well composed with a great POV Nicholas.
Great detail and I like the warm color. Also like the BG and that patch of blue to the right of the bird..Looks slightly over-sharp on my monitor, my only nit.
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-10 5:46]

Hello Nick,
Lovely capture of the female Chaffinch in beautiful light and against a wonderful background. Excellent details and a fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Nicholas,
a very fine picture despite it looks tad over-sharpen on my monitor.
Well composed with fine POV och good DOF, the bird standout well from the clean BG.
I like the nice and natural colours.
Well done, mf.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-10 10:15]

Hello Nick,
Only a great photographer can make such a high quality photo. Everything in this photo looks wonderful. The beautiful vivid coloured BG makes this photo complete. Excellent POV and you managed the light very well.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-12-10 11:25]

I heard word about the new glass...seems you got to grips with it already then! Just when i thought your work couldn;t get any better! Professional quality photography here Nick, you should start thinking abot doing something with them all really...maybe a book or field guide of the birds of Dorset of some kind...anyway, very impressive, well done mate.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-10 12:18]

Hello Nick,
A superb close portrait of a female Chaffinch, the ambient ligt being great to illuminate the chaffinch so well and create a wonderful down-toned BG. The Compoasition on the branch, head-turned pose and catchlight in the eye are superb as is the sharpness.
A real goodie and thanks for sharing it,
Kind regards,

Hi Nick,
that's wonderful, so close, so sharp - and the colours so beautiful, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Nicholas,
Une netteté et un cadrage toujours au top, bravo!

Hi Nick,
mighty fine looking capture of this little girl,she is a lovely looking bird.I am a big fan of what I affectionately nicked named "blukkies" ,the birds in other words.Birds brighten up our world for their very beauty and songs.They are very beneficial to the trees they live as they eat insect pests and help keep the trees from destruction.Any photo that shows our fine feathered friends as well as this capture does really honors them and that is what I try to do as well.A fine photo with great colour,a lovely catch light in it's eye all with with a sharp focus,nothing wrong here.Thanks for sharing this little "blukkie" with us all. Bob

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-10 20:03]

Hello Nicholas, What a beauty. Lovely color and great focus on the eyes. Simply superb shot. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-11 13:41]

Superb shot, Nick!
Really good detail in the feathers.
Excellent DOF.
Nice colours too.

Well done,

Hi Nick,

Great pose so here head turned to the left. Here eyecontact is now perfect. Very good detail and warm colors. I'm agree with the words of billynewboy: perhaps a touch to much sharpening? Of course, further its still an excellent photo.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards and TFS BOB

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-12 14:31]

Hi Nick

You do these bird shots so well. The BG colours and effect remind me of oil paintings and the light is perfect. Pin sharp details, a nice bright eye and perfect POV as well



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-13 7:16]

Hello Nicholas,
What a fine light and a wonderful background you have found to show us this cute Chaffinch. Well composed picture too. Excellent!
Thanks and have a nice weekend
Best regards

Hello my old friend Nick,
Good sunday morning from NZ to you! I had missed quite a lot of shots from you during my absent! always in good quality like this one! I also liked the way she turned her head!
the dof is perfect with good bg colour with this beautiful subject!
well done
my warmest wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-20 18:42]

Hi Nick,
Spot on focus and exposure bring this Caffinch to life. Just plain old great work Nick, thank you.

Nicely done, Nicholas.
I already spotted the background thumbnail-wise as its bokeh is beautiful, also in terms of colours.
I agree with you, the pose is nice. Plus there's the little catchlight in the eye; the icing on the cake!

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