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Spotted this common linnet keeping an eye on my dogs this morning,as we walked over some of our west coast headlands.

ISO400 Raw capture (Handheld)

Best viewed large.....Thanks for lookin.............

Tony.

Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Lens:Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 APO
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Linnet
Username:norton norton
Uploaded:28 Apr 2009 - 12:58 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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maryg
maryg e2 Member 666 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 12:59 PM

What a beautiful , clean crisp image , lovely rich colours, first class
Mary

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110590 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 1:02 PM

A beautiful shot of this pretty little bird.

Detail and colour are great but what a shame about the "Dead black eyes". A touch of fill-in flash would remedy that next time.

Still gets my vote

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hary60
hary60  6 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 - 1:03 PM

Superb shot brilliant
Harry

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 1:03 PM

High quality work with this, Tony. Clear & sharpe with a perfect exposure against the sky. Well done indeed.
Terry

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 - 1:09 PM

What a superb shot, wll captured.
Peter

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SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 727 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 1:21 PM

Cracking shot Tony... lovely detail and colour

Jon

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CraigJones
28 Apr 2009 - 1:25 PM

Thats a lovely photo, of a very handsome bird, well done


Craig

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motorsportpictures

well composed and well detailed.
Scott

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ChazB e2 Member 964 forum postsChazB vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 1:35 PM

An excellent capture with lovely colours.
Charlotte

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norton
norton  11 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 1:38 PM

Many thanks for your comment brian1208,but i dont think a touch of fill-in flash would have helped me much,this shot was captured with a 170-500mm lens at full zoom and then cropped to bring it in even closer,so the flash would not have been of any use.

Regards.....Tony.

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gabisandu
gabisandu  5 Romania
28 Apr 2009 - 2:06 PM

Excelent shot, very good details and beautiful colors.
Gabi

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 2:13 PM

A fantastic capture, Tony. Carol

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gary_d
gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 2:22 PM

What beautiful colour, this is fab Tony. - gary

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 2:24 PM

Superb image
Steve

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gwood
gwood  6 England
28 Apr 2009 - 2:32 PM

Excellent detailed and colourful image..
Geoff

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Kevhan
Kevhan  6 England
28 Apr 2009 - 2:33 PM

Super bird, super detail.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 2:40 PM

Fabulous color and detail, a brilliant capture.
Bob

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Steve_S
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28 Apr 2009 - 2:53 PM

Excellent capture Tony, great detail
Steve

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pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
28 Apr 2009 - 2:53 PM

excellent !

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 3:00 PM

Awesome capture of this lovely bird...wonderful detail....Sandy

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28 Apr 2009 - 3:44 PM

Superb shot,
Alan

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 4:06 PM

Wow a superb image wonderful detail and super colours love it wow
Alexa

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 8Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 4:23 PM

Cracking good capture Tony. Taken at full 500 zoom-- superb quality.
Ron

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 4:35 PM

Has to be the best Linnet I have witnessed on here. Superb detail, pin sharp and great exposure. If fill in flash had been used you would have lost the tones of the chest, such a difficult bird to expose well.
All this has been written with envy and worn out boots trying to get this close to Linnets...lol
Superb
Richard

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72462 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 4:53 PM

Very nice shot indeed, well captured.

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
28 Apr 2009 - 5:08 PM

That's a beautiful shot.
Freda

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videotec  6 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 - 5:21 PM

What a fantastic shot--Love it
pete

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
28 Apr 2009 - 5:23 PM

What a tremendous image Tony, amazing detail and colours

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Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 5:56 PM

Agree with all the above. great shot.
Paul

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28 Apr 2009 - 7:10 PM

Class shot

Stace

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
28 Apr 2009 - 8:01 PM

Beautiful shot Tony.

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28 Apr 2009 - 8:19 PM

fantastic shot great colours

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iancam
iancam  6 England
28 Apr 2009 - 8:39 PM

Excellent capture and detail Tony, Beautiful bird.
Ian

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paulrosser
28 Apr 2009 - 8:47 PM

Great for a handheld shot!! Regards, Paul.

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9115 forum postsDerekL vcard England24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 8:48 PM

Super sharp image, especially hand held at 500mm - you must have big biceps!
Jealous or what!!

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jayjay52  6 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 - 8:59 PM

Beautiful image
Jenny

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dorset_mum
28 Apr 2009 - 9:15 PM

Beautiful image, lovely detail. Well captured.
Jan

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SoulOfNature
28 Apr 2009 - 10:19 PM

A stunning capture with lovely colours and great detail.

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jgmford  7 England
28 Apr 2009 - 11:14 PM

Stunning close up detail capture, love the colours. Great composition. Tony,
Jeff

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gillykins
gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2009 - 11:24 PM

A wonderful capture Tony
Gill

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photophantom
29 Apr 2009 - 3:52 AM

superb close up
Dennis

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maratsuikka
29 Apr 2009 - 4:38 AM

Congrats on award Tony

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2009 - 6:30 AM

Superb shot - deserve the award

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sunshot
sunshot  9 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2009 - 10:15 AM

tony you've captured this little one beautifully, well done sir

marc

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RTDS  6 Cyprus
30 Apr 2009 - 11:58 AM

Superb capture.
Lovely colours and excellent details.
Robert

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 2:26 PM

A superb shot Tony in all respects,
Geoff.

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justin c  114571 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2009 - 2:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice image showing the bird on a typical gorse perch.
I've also been busy photographing these birds recently and the very dark eye is typical of this species. I can fully appreciate Brian's comment amount the eye benefiting from a catchlight but IMHO flash wouldn't be the ideal answer in this situation, for the following reason; the flash would only create a sharply defined highlight in the eye, which works fine in some situations. In this instance bexause you're shooting upwards at quite a steep angle, the catchlight from the flash would quite possibly look a little out of place as it would likely appear in the lower half of the eye, which may look a little odd and unnatural looking.
I do agree with Brian's suggestion that the eye is looking a bit lifeless, but a better solution rather than using flash in this instance IMHO, and one that is well worth the minimal effort, is to make a quick selection of the eye and adjust the highlight slider inwards to brighten the natural catchlight created by the sky, assuming it's there in the original file.
Just a suggestion, for what it's worth.

Justin

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30 Apr 2009 - 7:39 PM

how can they perch on all those thorns? beautifully captured linnet

linda

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franfoto  7 England32 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2009 - 9:54 PM

Superb capture, beautiful bird.
Fran

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oldbiddy  8 United Kingdom
1 May 2009 - 10:05 PM

Lovely colours, great shot

Biddy

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wolfy  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
1 May 2009 - 10:56 PM

Love the details and framing on this one, well taken indeed

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SteveMoulding
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2 May 2009 - 10:55 PM

Superb razor sharp detail. Beautiful colour and composition. Absolutely stunning Tony.
Steve.

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2009 - 1:24 PM

Superbly captured with outstanding detail - a little devil that is still eluding me inspite of seeing them more than once - so I join in Richards envy -lol - Ina

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18 May 2009 - 10:56 PM

Another cracking natural history image, he's posing beautifully for you

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
30 May 2009 - 5:03 PM

stunning capture

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31 May 2009 - 3:02 PM

Just the bizz this one Tony,pose, detail ,colour and background are all superb.
Gotta be proud of this Smile
regds
ollie

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jun 2009 - 11:49 AM

Awesome capture.
Many congrats.

B.

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