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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: 2009-04-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 400 F5.6 L.
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-13 8:44
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I took this Goldfinch today at the nature reserve but this time from out side of the hide as it was so busy . This one seems to lack something but i can't put my finger on it. Hopefully you will be able to help me.

Goldfinch ( Carduelis carduelis.) Length 12cm.
One of our most colourful birds and the only one with bright yellow wingbars and a white rump. Adults have red and white on face, black cap extending down the sides of their neck, buffish back and white underparts with buff flanks.
It is a common and widespread resident in Britain and Ireland except Northern Scotland.
Favours wasteground and meadows where their narrow pointed bill is used to feed on the seeds of Thistles and Teasels.
Usually seen in smaill flocks.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-13 8:47]

Hi Nico,what a fantastic perfection!! The perfect light to have a wonderful result like that. In particular the red and yellow are at the top of sharpness! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Nick
WAUWH this is MY bird
i like this bird very much
great sharpness and good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-04-13 8:58]

Hello Nicholas,
Lovely shot. Very well composed. Nice POV with good sharpness and detail. Top shot. Thanks.
Best regards Siggi

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-13 9:17]

Hello Nicholas,
A successful composition ...
beautiful colours and sharpness and good details
Best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-04-13 9:30]

Hello Nicholas
Wonderful capture with great details, perfect focus and BG.

Hi Nocholas,
Very nice shot with amazing colors and details beautiful BG
really superb image

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-13 9:50]

Hi Nick.
I also wish to have such goldfinch picture. It is amazing in all respects. Scene is great. Only two object but what is needed else? It is true masterpiece with stunning sharpness and details, amazing rich colours and perfect composition. My congratulations and TFS. BRAVO.

Ciao Nick, lovely bird with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, splendid blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful gold finch. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-04-13 10:00]

Hello Nick,
This is a great capture, very beautiful bird with great colors.
I like the BG and your composition.. Sorry I can't help with what's missing.. well done


Hello Nick,
outstanding in all restects, very well done.
Best regards

Hi Nick,

Woow what a BEAUTY with lots of details and superb colors
Excellent compo, pose, POV, BG and sharpness

TFS Thijs

Hi Nick
Fantastic razor sharp image of beautiful goldfinch. Great contrast, perfect blured background and nice POV Nothing to critique ;-)
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-13 11:00]
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Hi Nick,

Whether or not you feel something is lacking this is a beautiful shot of the Goldfinch. You always capture birds in such wonderful positions. The colors are brilliant, the details of the face, eye and feathers are wonderful. Perhaps the head is a bit dark and that is what's bothering you? The background and composition are top notch.


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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-04-13 11:17]

hi nick
Excellent picture this is.very good details in the picture, as usual this is also your amazing picture:)

Hi Nick,

another very good oicture.
Do I say more?


Hi Nick, stunningly perfect capture of this red faced beauty from a nice POV with excellent clarity and nice composition.
TFS and have a good night!

What a beauty! The colours of this Goldfinch on the golden background are so nice. A great capture! Congratulations!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-13 12:21]

Hi Nicholas.Beautiful composition.Razor sharp image whit great plumage detail.Pose is also beautiful.I just love the colors and the nice OOF BG,also good catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

..... Nick
I don't now what can i say

Hello Nick
This is a prime capture of Mr Goldfinch without a doubt.
In answer to your question of where it is lacking I will do my best to share my thoughts.
The pose is great and your equipment has managed well the reds on the crown, a little more light and the reds could have blown, that said the yellows have blown and look overexposed, this could be a result of over sharpening as this can give a false contrast over the huge tonal range of colours the Goldfinch has.
I personally think the colours of this wonderful bird would be best captured by canon equipment in the very early morning or late evening when the sun casts an even glow.
It is a great capture Nick and I hope you take my words as encouragement as I class you as one step from being a pro.
All the Best

Hello Nicholas
This goldfinch is really fantastic !
the details are superb as well as the colors, the composition, the pose and the POV
Great contrast between the bird and the BG
TFS Jacqueline

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2009-04-13 18:34]

Hi Nick
Excellent shot with lovely color tones and fine sharp detail. Wonderful composition,cannot see anything lacking in this capture,only nit the yellow is overexposed in the feathers.
tfs jon

I was thinking of using a bad work in a good way....as in Holly Cr**, what a fine image...This is among your top drawer images Nick...for this day at least it appears as nature is returning..and your expertise is growing...so we shall come to expect you to set the benchmark...
tip of my hat!

Beautifully captured... such brillant colors and fine detail. Lighting enhances the image. Neutral background also enhances. Well done and TFS Nick. :)


Hi Nick,
this is a fine picture; well composed with a good POV.
It's also sharp with lots of details and the colours are nice.
Only one thing: On my calibrated monitor it's a bit dark, maybe it could be 1/2 to 2/3 step brighter but that's all depend how you monitor is. Otherwise it's a good picture.
Well done,

Hallo Nicholas
What a delightful and colourful image of this Goldfinch. This is a beautiful bird and you have captured it in a perfect close-up pose. The different colours of layered plumage is vivid and very bright. The framing and composition is great. A pleasant image with great natural colours and light. Thanks for sharing. Best regards

Superb one Sir.. great image well executed..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-04-14 8:05]

Hello Nicholas,
Colourful bird and splendid photo. Excellent sharpness, clear BG and all very well composed.I think that is one from the best photos this species on TN.
Regards, Pawel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-04-14 8:29]

Hello Nick,
Yesterday I didn't have time for TN, so I missed this beauty. Another fantastic photo in perfect sharpness and details. Beautiful light and colours. Composition and POV are marvelous.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-04-14 11:43]

Hi Nicholas
You have captured a beautiful bird.
The colours and details are very good. I standout nicely from the blurred BG.
Well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-14 11:49]
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Hello Nick,
This fine shot of a Goldfinch strives towards perfection and it is nearly so in every respect, the POV, sharpness, BG, pose and composition of this close portrait.
If the lighting were a bit more favourable to increase the exposure on the shaded side of the bird on the left, especially the face, it would have been perfect.
Well done and thanks,
Best wishes,

Hello Nick,

Goldfinches are becoming some of the most frequent visitors to our garden since we have been supplying niger seeds. Sadly, they are too far away to capture on camera but I am working on creating a hide so that I can get closer.

This is a superbly detailed shot showing very clearly the lovely colours and patterns of the plummage. Great dof with the bird standing proudly against an oof b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
P.S We have also had red polls on the niger seeds, birds which I have never previously witnessed in the garden.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-14 13:38]

Merhaba Nicholas,
her zaman olduğu gibi harika bir fotoğraf; renkler, netlik ve detaylar çok süper olmuş.
Tebrik ederim.

Sometimes only one word can be said: PERFECT! This is what inspires me - and what one day I hope to aspire in my own work.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-04-21 15:46]

Everything in this photo is just outstanding! Gary

Hello Nicholas.

Excellent image. nice composition and colors.
Beautiful bird, very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hi Nicholas.
I see that you have been bitten by the TN bug! Within a couple of years you have gone from a beginner with a Fuji compact to someone who takes great shots like this with a couple of grand's worth of kit! :)
A beautiful picture, superb clarity, but I would expect nothing less from this lens!

Hi Nicholas,
wonderful shot of this Goldfinch.
The colors are beautiful as is the blurred background.
Have a nice day.
TFS Tatjana

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