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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: 2007-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-15 9:32
Viewed: 5054
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Carduelis Carduelis-Goldfinch

This very pretty bird is widespread over Europe, but is particulary at home in the hot, sunny summer of the Mediterranean. We're quite honored to have two pairs visit us this far north.

This adult male, we think nests in nearby woods and then comes to feed from us about twice a day.

This is my last post of the finch family that visit us, although I might put a bit of a fun one up tomorrow of the fun at the feeders.

I'll look at a new theme for the Highlands.

As last time, my 'hide' was simply my car on the front drive,(sounds grand) and shooting out the open window.
Again this was a wet miserable day, you can see ran falling as grey streaks and if you look carefully you can see drops on the leaves and even his head!

I do very little PP, using PS Elements 4, as little cropping as possible, I always try to fill the frame in camera, correct colour aberations, shadows etc and when I remember a border to set it off.

Thanks for looking and all your support.


MMM, nainnain, jaycee, Jamesp, nglen, ramthakur, kokos101, Necipp, SkyF, fiyo, mikou, zenitlady has marked this note useful
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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-15 9:39]

Hello Gary
Great image.I like your POV on that one.The colors are very nice and I lke the blur of your BG , very nice DOF.
TFS Michel

great expression nice colors good DOF. i'd sharpen the bird just a bit.

Hi Gary,
This is a very beautiful bird, I do so much like your photo, great Dof, POV , beautiful colors. Nice sharp photo. TFS

magnifique cet oiseau, les couleurs jolies et nettes, bons bg et superbe posture de l'oiseau
bon travail
merci du partage, amitiès

Hello Gary , perfect comp. POV and colors , sharpness maybe better , TFS and good luck...

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-15 10:30]

Hi Gary,

This bird is magnificent! The colors are amazing - the goldfinches here are not like this at all. Wonderful pose and a good look at the beautiful face. I love the eyes.


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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-05-15 10:46]

This is a great capture of this beautiful bird. They are so nervous and hard to get a good shot of. Great colours with the bright coloured bird towards the calm BG.

Very good composition!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-05-15 11:09]

Hello Gary,
A very colourful looking bird! Good POV and colours.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-15 11:19]

Hi Gary

Great PO and composition. The BG is also excellent and brings out the subject.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-15 11:28]

Hi Gary. What a good shot of the goldfinch.good face shot. he is looking at you.
good colours and detail.with a nice DOF and POV. well done TFS

Another super bird picture you managed to shoot so well on a rainy day, Gary.
I love the colours on this bird's plumage. They are truly beautiful.
The shot is well composed and the focus is excellent.

hello gary!!
great shot of this little bird, very nice colors and great DOF.

A perfect shot, Gary,
I love this red face and it is sitting there so decorative. A wonderful moment.
I had 2 of them in my garden last winter, but the light was bad. Here you have beautiful colours although it was raining, I realy can see a drop on his feathers. Thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Gary lovely catch great colours good bacckground and DOF nice pose tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Gary,
superb bird picture.
wonderful details

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-15 15:30]

Hi Gary,
did you tell him a dirty joke.. he's all red in his face ;-).
Great capture, the detaiuls and colors are wonderful. Love the BG its nice and neutral no distraction one can focus very nicely on the bird.

This would be fabulous if it were just a touch sharper. I think with a lens that size it really needs a tripod or at least image stabilization. You could try a faster shutter speed. It is a wonderful composition and the the colors are strong and natural.

Evelynn : )

Charmante photo qui met bien en évidence les colorations de l'oiseau.
Bonne journée.

bonjour gary
oui ça va,merci et vous?
là vous me rendez jaloux,je n'ai pas encore pu prendre cet oiseau avec mon 350D et j'aimerais bien reussir bientot.
le visage ressort vraiment tre bien,peu etre juste un leger manque de contraste mais cela vient peu etre de mon moniteur.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-16 10:09]

Hello Gary,
Great capture.POV,catchlight in eyes,pose of bird,framing and clear details are very nice.TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-16 10:37]

Hello Gary,
Sometimes the colours look better in the rain, giving them a mellower tone, as in this fine portrait of the Goldfinch, but the limited light availability is a disadvantage that you have coped with very well to produce this pretty sharp shot. Excellent BG and composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-16 11:23]

Hola Gary,
preciosa captura.
en mi pájaro preferido,
bellos detalles,
buen momento,

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-16 14:27]

Hi Gary.
Great shot.Primarily I like composition with nice POV and pretty his pose.Beautiful pallete of colors and good details.Well done.
Best greetings Milos.

Hi dear Gary ,
excellent work with great composition.
lovely mood and it has nice BG.
well captured
thanks for sharing

PS: Thanks for your kind words with persian.I like see you too.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-05-24 16:31]

Hi Gary

This is a beauty, excellent eye contact and I love the composition. Nice DOF and POV



Hello Gary! Robins and goldfinches are so, so different here in North America; can see the similarity to the robin but our goldfinch is little, bright yellow and black. Great soft portrait, feathering on chest is wonderful, and isn't he giving you the eye! Marvellous POV! Well done! Thank you, Linda

Hi Gary,
Beautiful bird, very distinctive colors. Nothing like our American Goldfinch, with this bold red mask. Well done.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-06-18 10:14]

I have never seen one of these birds before. I love the colors and saturation very natural yet vibrant. The photo is sharp and the composition is nice as well. Nice shot.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-18 11:19]

Hello Gary,
Wonderful photo of this Siskin. Most of all I like the colours of the bird, the plant and the BG. Beautiful contrasts. Great composition, POV and DOF.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-07-01 2:47]

Hello Gary, this is a beautiful portrait of the Goldfinch - it looks as if it is posing for you. Beautiful colours and details. Well done

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