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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: 2008-05-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Volkan's Best, Green Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-04 10:42
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I spent the morning in the forest today it was warm but no sun. The Greenfinches were about but would only come down when all the other birds had gone. Then it would take a few attempts before they would land. We do have them in the garden at home but i have not been able to get a picture this year.

Greenfinch ( Carduelis chloris ) Length 14-15cm. Widespread throughout most of mainland Britain and Ireland but scarce in North and central Scotland. A familiar Bird of gardens, parks and farmland but absent from many wooded and upland areas. In full breeding plummage the Male is very bright yellow/green but for most of the year colours are duller, they have yellow wing patches and pinkish conical bill. Used for feeding on seeds.

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Hi Nicholas,
Well composed. Good sharpness and DOF.
Nicely done..

Hi Nick, this greenfinch is in very nice condition. It is an almost perfect specimen, in a flawless image. Great colours, clarity and a good POV. fine work Nick!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-04 10:51]

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful capture of this greenfinch.Details,colors,sharpness,blurred BG and glisten eyes are perfect.Very well done!

Hi Nick,

Good photo of this Greenfinch.
Great DOF and sharp details, the BG is brilliantly effective.

Very well done,


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-05-04 11:04]

Exelente foto de qualidade muito boa cores e nitides muito agradavel parabéns.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-04 11:05]

Hi Nico,very very perfect in sharpness and light,i like a lot the colours of the background,my best compliments,Luciano

Hello Nicholas!
This is a lovely presentation! Natural vivid and perfectly saturated colours, great sharpness and DOF, delicate BG. Nothing to add! :)
Best regards,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-05-04 11:15]

hello sir,
Beautiful picture.All details are perfect.
nice compo too

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-04 11:34]

Hi Nick,

Superb capture of the Greenfinch.
Its a lovely composition with a good POV and a fine pose.
Very good details and clarity
The colours are beautiful and nicely complimented by the green BG.


Hi Nicholas!
Very good sharpness and details. About the colours- I think too much yellow and green, please try my workshop- it's only proposition.

Hi Nick, lovely bird in nice pose with splendid colors, great sharpness and excellent details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wowww... Nick what a cute bird and wonderful posture:) An another perfect one capture my friend. TFS and regards,

Hello Nick,
This Greenfinch really captured with a fine pose!
excellent lighting with good sharpness, colour and superb details
well done and TFS

hi Nicholas,
amazing picture. The colors are great :)
Sharpness and composition are perfect.
TFS Tatjana

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-04 13:02]

Hola Nicholas, una toma con buen encuadre, buena definición y color, posiblemente en el momento habia mucha luz, pero el fondo hace resaltar el motivo. Un saludo

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-04 13:11]

Hi Nick,

What beautiful bright colors in this photo! This Greenfinch - a bird not seen here - has such pretty colors and wings. Lovely pose and excellent details.


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-04 13:37]

hi Nicholas,
superbe image encore d'une qualité de haut niveau, j'espère un jour en faire autant. Bravo pour le BG flou et doux, la netteté impeccable.


Wow, Nick! This was worth the wait!
The sharp image and wonderful plummage details show up very well against the blurred, neutral b/g. Good light and fine composition.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-04 14:16]

Very nice image, Nick!
You've captured this Greenfinch very well!
Excellent diagonal composition and a great parallel POV.
Sharp and crisp with excellent detail.
Superb lighting and colours.
One of the best Greenfinch shots on TN I'd say!
Well done!!!


Hi Nick,

Away, just marking


Fantastic sharpness adn detail , excellent POV and DOF.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-05-04 15:46]


Just marking
I'll be back later!


Hi. I don't suppose you'd consider giving me lessons, huh? I'm really jealous of your birds - you have a natural knack that always leaves me stunned. For example, I can see the different hues of the feathers, the catchlight, and it's a perfect pose/crop. The composition is always complimentary as is the background - it emphasizes the subject and while it's a perfect shade for the bird, it remains muted - as not to draw attention to itself.

I often look at your work - I strive to do the same quality of work. Wonderful job.

You have this so pat...I am always surprised and as well learn so much from you....Very nice bird and absolutely nothing at fault in the post...Hope this work week brings you some peace..

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-04 19:59]

Hi Nicholas , wow this is a fantastic photo , the detail and color are both amazing , wonderful contrast against the back ground , and no distractions at all. beautiful work.



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-04 22:24]

Helo Nick,
Very fine capture of the Greenfinch in a nice diagonal pose. Excellent sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Lovely smooth background too that makes it stand out.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Nicholas,
Well composed. Good sharpness and DOF.
Beautiful composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-05 0:55]

Hello Nick,
Excellent sharp-detailed photo of this Greenfinch. Great clear colours and again a fantastic BG. Beautiful POV, composition and DOF.

Very nice Nicholas!
Nice warm colortones, with everything right on the money :)

Hola Nicholas.
Un excelente trabajo, con una calidad muy alta.
Excelente bg y buen DoF.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-05 10:37]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of this cute Greenfinch with such amazing colours and sharp details on its plumage. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fabulous pose here. A precise DOF isolates the subjects from the BG perfectly and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-05 10:54]

Hello Nick,
Superb capture of a male Greenfinch in a good pose, with fine sharpness and from an excellent close POV.
The green bokeh BG is really green and serves to illustrate well in this shot how the greenfinch appears to be green when its plumage has a combination of browny grey and yellow, to produce an illusion of green.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a good week.

Hello Nick
This is a fine shot displaying perfectly the lovely colurations of the Greenfinch..The greys greens blacks and yellows make this a most handsome finch..As always perfectly presented with super sharp details and a bg that really highlights the subject so well.
All the Best Nick

Gran nitidez y belleza, casi ronda la perfección. Con estas tomas lo tienes fácil para las identificaciones jeje. Eres genial.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-05-05 15:04]

Wow Nicholas, this is bright and stunning! The bird matches the background to the perfection and the details amaze me. It is beautiful, perfectly framed too, I love it! Thank you,


hello Nicholas
wonderful capture for Greenfinch. splendid coloration, perfect sharpness and details. POV and composition also. Greeting, best wishes

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-05 23:08]

Hi Nick

A great close-up shot - good composition and POV with good colour and superb detail. Well observed and captured.

Just back from Ireland - sorry missed some postings.


Hi Nicholas

Stunning shot of this beautiful greenfinch
Excellent sharpness and plumage detail.
Great light and highlighted on a good OOf background.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-06 4:53]

Hello nicholas, WOW lovely composition. Superb sharpness and great dof., Nice shot. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-06 5:32]

Hi Nick

Sorry, but just a very short comment today :(
Terrific close-up on this lovely goldfinch, my friend!
I really like the impeccable sharpness of every detail and the fact that you managed to squeeze the entire bird in an f/5.6 apperture...very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-06 5:50]

Hi Nick,
lovely range of colours in the greenish yellow end of the spectrum! Fine detail, great pose and excellent DOF, well done!

Hello Nicholas,

A superb shot of this beautiful Greenfinch. What a beautiful picture you've shot. Well composed. Good sharpness and DOF. I like here diagonal position of that peace of old wood. The photo is perfect in sharpness and light. Well done. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Nick,
very fine portrait of this splendid specimen of Greenfinch, very beautifull colours and background, excellent focus and splendid pose
well done,

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