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Takeoff


Takeoff
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Copyright: Josh Crozier (Humanist) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 11 N: 145] (541)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon 75-300mm 4.5-5.6 USM III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/3000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-29 18:15
Viewed: 3282
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A goldfinch launching itself from a maple tree.

From Hinterland Who's Who:
The American Goldfinch prefers trees in open places, especially in orchards and along roadsides. Except during the nesting season, it is a sociable bird that seeks its own kind to feed and fly with. In winter it mingles with its relatives—the redpolls and siskins—feeding in weedy fields and in orchards close to wooded areas.

The American Goldfinch breeds late in the year, from July to September, a fact that has puzzled many scientists. Some have suggested that the timing of breeding is linked to the bird’s unusual habit of moulting, or shedding feathers. The American Goldfinch is the only cardueline finch to acquire its breeding plumage by moult. In most finches, the feathers are gradually worn down through use, resulting in a changed appearance by the time the breeding season arrives. Scientists suggest that the prolonged moult, which is unusual in a bird of the temperate zone, may be the only way a bird on a protein-poor seed diet can fulfill the energy demands of breeding. Thus, while the greater abundance of seeds in late summer compared to May or June may be important in ensuring larger supplies of food for the young, completion of moult rather than food availability may determine the timing of the American Goldfinch’s breeding.


PP: I smoothed out some grain in the sky with a surface blur, darkened the blue sky and sharpened the bird.

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  • Great 
  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-29 18:29]

Hello Josh,
Excellent timing of the take-off. Colors and contrast are quite attractive here, so good PP work. Regards,
Hakan

Birds at the moment of takeoff can present some very interesting views, eh Josh! You did well to capture this male finch! They are very fast flyers!

The colour contrast in your shot is amazing < I suppose the PP helped > Tfs, Jay

  • Great 
  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-29 19:56]

great action capture just as the bird is taking off. good focus and colors.

Great impromptu shot with amazing focus. Well done!

  • Great 
  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2007-04-29 21:06]

You smoothed out some grain in the sky with a surface blur, darkened the blue sky and sharpened the bird, well done.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-29 21:27]

Hi Josh,

Great timing with the Goldfinch shot. Beautiful colors, wonderful clarity and nice blue sky.

Jane

  • Great 
  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-29 22:23]

WOW. What a fast shutter speed. You froze the sudden action of your subject well. Nice exposure and excellent color in this scene. Beautiful blue sky background.

it's really a fast action photograph with punctual timing, the bird pose is quite unique and unusual, the bird body is OOF but still could show the detail, TFS

  • Great 
  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-05-01 16:25]

Hi Josh,
Great timing you had here taking this actionshot.
Very good composition and pov.
Well seen.
Paula

  • Great 
  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-05-01 17:34]

Hi Josh. Beautifully timed to get this unusual action shot of the brightly coloured bird. I like it's originality. TFS. Murray.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-11 5:41]

Hi Josh.
I was out of Internet despite the technical reason and I have missed your new and fantastic shot. Pictured moment is simply great as well as the quality of the shot. Amazing colours, excellent details and skillfully selected exposure parameters. Bravo and my congratulations. My best regards and wishes.
Alexei.

Great shot! The way you composed the shot with the blue sky in the background is magnificient. Also reflections on the sharply focussed eye makes the picture lively.

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