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Flight of the Goldfinch

By MarkBullen
Another day off from work spent with good company photographing wildlife. After a day of empty frames, parts of wings, the odd head or tail and blurred shots I found that just a few had in focus. I definitely need more practice!

Tags: Wildlife Nature Birds Wild Goldfinch Wildlife and nature Canon5D Mk III Canon 400mm F4 DO IS Canon 14x Extender Mk III

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Trev_B 14 151 68 England
18 Feb 2014 5:38PM
Hi Mark… yep they move ruddy fast… but it's good fun though.

Knowing how difficult it is to get an inflight shot as crisp as this I wouldn't dare offer critique other than to upload a mod with a more traditional Rule Of Thirds crop and a bit of warmth added as an alternative to your upload.

Keep them coming…. No doubt we will bump into each other very soon.

Coast 13 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 7:13PM
Hi Mark

Another cracker. Love the action in flight with the movement in the wings. This is a lot harder than it looks to get these fast little birds and a credit to your skill and eye. Trev has already made the point I would in that the chosen crop has a lot of space around the bird that is unnecessary. It is good to leave space for any moving object to move into as it helps the human brain make sense of the scene. Here I would offer the same advice as Trevor and look at your crop. Trevor has worked this in his mod in the same way I would.

Great work. A productive day off work Grin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
18 Feb 2014 7:52PM
Apart from the crop and colour balance which you can do in the comfort of the house, and is no different to what you may do with any other image.
It's the subject here which stands out. Yes it is hit and miss and perseverance wins out as you've shown.
Unless you use high speed flash and a trigger beam then yes you'll have lots of frames to delete. However, natural light looks better, as here, and the bit of blur to the wings adds that bit of movement to avoid a frozen flash look.
An extremely well shot image, and impressively low noise, as I'd expect from that camera.

paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 8:16PM
Very nice. Even with such good equipment, 12800 is a bit drastic, but it has given you a super shot at this size and I guess it will be presentable rather larger. High ISO and natural history are not normally the greatest bedfellows though.

I recon, if you manage a 2 or 3 % success rate with this type of shot, you are doing OK. Really a very difficult subject to get really good results.

Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2014 8:54PM
Great shot Mark, I saw the hard work you did to get it, well done.
18 Feb 2014 9:19PM
If it was easy it would be no fun at all. I like all the terrible shots I take because it means I have still got a lot of improvement to make and a lot more practice to do (which is the fun part). I'd say this is pretty good, especially compared to some of my miserable attempts!!!
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4264 Canada
18 Feb 2014 9:57PM
Really good shot, - one to be proud of. Do you use AI Servo?

Good detail for a high ISO; white balance is a little cool; its worth using some noise reduction for the background, - I used Photoshops own NR.

Loaded the mod with thiese tweaks, and re framed.

Well done,


19 Feb 2014 12:52AM
Cracking shot well done mate !!
19 Feb 2014 7:45AM
Nice flight shot
PhilT2 Plus
11 561 32 England
19 Feb 2014 8:53AM
Super in flight shot
michaelo Plus
15 15 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2014 12:51PM
beautiful capture!!!!

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