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Goldfinch photographed near to seed feeder hung in Larch tree.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200.0-500.0 mm f/5.0-6.0
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Apr 2012 - 4:15 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Fired, Return detected
Title:Goldfinch
Username:nirofo nirofo
Uploaded:11 Jan 2013 - 2:41 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 6:44 AM

An excellent, sharp shot on a great perch with a good pose. Top work.

Andy

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7109 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 9:19 AM

Well done it's not easy to photograph birds in amongst the foliage.

For me the composition is wrong far to much empty space at the top of the image and not enough either side of the bird, a little more to the left and a bit more to the right.

In my mod I have cropped away the to bring the eyes down to the thirds line, I would liked to have added some width. Also I have lightened the image using levels and highlight tools and added some saturation.

Hope this helps.

Trev

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 9:40 AM

You do need to crop that top a lot. Just wasted space. Otherwise a nice image. Possibly a tiny swipe over the eye with the dodge tool.

Paul

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2013 - 1:54 PM

You could go to square with this image but really I do feel that what you have fitted better into a landscape format picture. As you can now probably see the top is really redundant as far as viewability is concerned and the landscape format would allow you to add some space to the RHS for the bird to be partially looking into rather than totally out of.

The beautiful goldfinch could bejust a little sharper (not much though) and I do wonder whether or not you used a tripod! If not then your shutter speed would have needed to be raised uo to at least 1/500sec with a steady hand and preferably 1/750sec.

At the distance away with a 500mm lens I doubt your flash would do much even though the EXIF states 'flash detected'.

This is, IMHO one of our most photogenic garden birds so keep up the good work.

Frank

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