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philhomer 6 69 32 England
19 Dec 2012 8:03AM
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 Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 8:13AM
WOW, love it!
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
19 Dec 2012 8:46AM
Certainly well timed and good details and colours too
regards Richard
tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 8:51AM
Technically a very challenging shot for me. You've done it well and the result is excellent. Bravo.
Jellyfire 4 41 4 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 9:01AM

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!
19 Dec 2012 9:49AM
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
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
19 Dec 2012 9:56AM
This is an excellent capture !! very well taken Smile
PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 11:10AM
Wonderful shot!
lawbert 9 1.8k 15 England
19 Dec 2012 2:35PM
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)
Jellyfire 4 41 4 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 5:23PM
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
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
20 Dec 2012 11:36PM
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
Jellyfire 4 41 4 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 11:50PM
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
rambler Plus
8 680 14 England
27 Dec 2012 12:18AM
Well worth the wait I would say, great shot.
Many thanks for the vote and comment on 'Henry'

Ken.
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 4:31PM
Excellent timing on this one. Your patience was rewarded well!Grin
Ryan

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