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Goldfinch on Larch photographed near to seed feeder hung in 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:3 May 2012 - 12:33 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Goldfinch on Larch
Username:nirofo nirofo
Uploaded:19 Jan 2013 - 2:14 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2013 - 9:46 AM

I don't know why you rate yourself as a beginner Nicholas, this is top class work.

I would only make a few comments, firstly I think you used a tripod here, but if you didn't then you got a little lucky as your shutter speed would normally need to be raised to a minimum of 1/500sec and better still at 1/750sec given the lens FL of 500.

Secondly, did you consider a landscape format? Having said that I do like the continuous pine branch on which the goldfinch is perched.

I don't like logos on the picture area of pictures but at least this is subdued and is not eye-catching, so it is fine if you really must add it.

Very well done and I would change your status from beginner.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 793 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 7:38 PM

A nice composition. I would just run the dodge tool over the eye area to brighten it, but nice.

Paul

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7130 forum postsTrev_B vcard England66 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 9:18 PM

When shooting bird images the bird is the main focus of the image. ideally a clean diffused background an uncluttered foreground, sharp focus and natural colours. Most of these are present in this image, when photographing in their natural habitat it very difficult nut to include branches in the foreground.

For me the crop is not right for a wildlife capture, there is to much above and below the bird. Also the image is slightly underexposed. So in my mod I have applied a new crop, lightened the image using levels and increased the sharpening.

Hope this helps.

Trev

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