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Using a staged feeder setup next to a perch in the garden, many hours of waiting and 'not quite there' shots, managed to get one that seemed just right

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Canon 400mm L f5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Flight of the Goldfinch
Username:Jellyfire Jellyfire
Uploaded:18 Dec 2012 - 1:28 PM
Tags:General, Wildlfe/nature

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philhomer
philhomer  435 forum posts England32 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 8:03 AM

if this is one image and not a combi of two - ie static bird and flight bird then very well done for picking the moment

at 400mm and a crop sensor your depth of field would not have been vast so the timing so that both birds were within a similar focal plane is spot on. i am always a little envious of Goldfinch images anyway as whilst they visit here they just will not come down from the tree tops - sorry, rambling on then i though i was at a club - sooooo, a Goldfinch in flight is a marvellous achievement in my book.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 8:13 AM

WOW, love it!

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 8:46 AM

Certainly well timed and good details and colours too
regards Richard

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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 8:51 AM

Technically a very challenging shot for me. You've done it well and the result is excellent. Bravo.

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 9:01 AM


Quote: If this is one image and not a combi of two - ie static bird and flight bird then very well done for picking the moment

at 400mm and a crop sensor your depth of field would not have been vast so the timing so that both birds were within a similar focal plane is spot on. i am always a little envious of Goldfinch images anyway as whilst they visit here they just will not come down from the tree tops - sorry, rambling on then i though i was at a club - sooooo, a Goldfinch in flight is a marvellous achievement in my book.

Hi, its kind of one shot, from memory I think the two birds were a bit further apart and I brought them nearer together in photoshop as there was a big dead space between them , so Im afraid it's not a shot straight out of camera as such. There were literally hundreds of duff shots on this one, and maybe two or three that worked, of which this is the only one I have left as unfortunately I had my laptop stolen, with every image Ive ever taken on last year, the only shots I have from before this spring are the odd one I had on other websites. A harsh way to learn the importance of backing everything up!

Tips for getting goldfinches down by the way is Sunflower kernels, they go absolutely mad for them, and it's only finches can really get them open. For this setup there were probably 10-15 birds on the feeders at the same time. Greatly increases your chances of getting good shots!

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Klaw604
Klaw604  2 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 - 9:49 AM

IMHO however it was arrived at, the result is great. I can certainly empathise with the "many hours of waiting" as I am a long way off arriving at anything approaching this. It's results such as this (and all the other posts on this great site) that spur me on. Thanks for sharing - and the Sunflower seeds tip! Grin

Last Modified By Klaw604 at 19 Dec 2012 - 9:49 AM

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
19 Dec 2012 - 9:56 AM

This is an excellent capture !! very well taken Smile

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 11:10 AM

Wonderful shot!

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lawbert
lawbert  71713 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 2:35 PM

Top Work, Ive put to many hours into garden birds inflight!!
I cant see the join, the bg is spot on....faultless work and a good pay off for the hours put in.
All the Best
Paul
(Ps..sunflower hearts are a bit dearer but attract virtually all species)

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2012 - 5:23 PM

Sorry I'm meant sunflower hearts not kernels, those and Niger seeds are the best bet for finches for me. Thanks for the nice comments all

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2012 - 11:36 PM

Excellent shot, even if it is a bit tweaked.
Interesting what you say about sunflowers, last winter they weren't to keen, peanuts was all the rage and grease balls. This winter I get loads of tits and now the odd chaffinch since I feed sunflower. Niger seed didn't work that well, but now I can see what you achieved I will keep trying

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Jellyfire
Jellyfire  241 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2012 - 11:50 PM

Having said that Ive had sunflower and niger both out this last couple of weeks and haven't had many goldfinches at all. Maybe they do change their tastes form year to year! this shot was taken later into winter I think so maybe when their natural foodsources are a bit scarcer. Still lots of berires about at the moment.

Thanks for the comments, much appreciated

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rambler
rambler e2 Member 6474 forum postsrambler vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 12:18 AM

Well worth the wait I would say, great shot.
Many thanks for the vote and comment on 'Henry'

Ken.

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jan 2013 - 4:31 PM

Excellent timing on this one. Your patience was rewarded well!Grin
Ryan

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