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By paulbroad  
Goldfinch in neighbors Lila tree.

Trying sharpness above any blur thus smaller aperture and higher ISO. 50/500 Sigma EX at 500, thus 800mm and strong tripod. No OS on this lens. Early model. Cropped a little and some sharpening.


Tags: Tree Goldfinch Bird Sharpness Wildlife and nature Goldfinh

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Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
4 May 2016 8:14AM
I like the pose and the good eye contact!
Good capture...
Isabel Grin
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
4 May 2016 8:37AM
Great image. Ted. GrinGrin
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 May 2016 2:28PM
i did use a burst of flash fill too from a powerful hot shoe gun.

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4281 Canada
4 May 2016 2:35PM
Good shot and well exposed.

Lots of noise that can be reduced post processing. The 40D sensor may be showing its age at ISO 640, especially if this is cropped.

Very good with that tripod for this lens.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
4 May 2016 3:42PM
The flash has given a lovely tonal separation between subject and background, accentuating the colour difference, and making this an almost theatrical portrait.

I like it very much indeed.

No suggestions to offer, and it's interesting to see the result of a flash shot in these circumstances. I think you've mentioned that you use flash for wildlife before, but I don't recall seeing any previous examples which aren't action shots.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
4 May 2016 7:54PM
The flash is subtle and has resulted in some nice catchlights in the eyes.

I remember years ago in the days of film that it was a popular technique to use fill in flash for bird photography. But using 50, 64 or 100 speed film called out for some help.
Still, it's a useful technique even now.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
4 May 2016 9:04PM
It can be a case of getting an image or not. For those that know Forge Valley near Scarborough, there are a series of bird feeding stations where you can park within feet of the birds and, providing you are in the car, they still come.

They are all in trees and light is low even on a sunny day. Do you wind p the ISO, and it would need to be a lot. or use flash. Depends if you want clear shar imaes of birds but with a dark background, or mostly blurred and/or very grainy images, After a few trials I always go for a 70/300 Canon lens and flash as main light source.

Will put one inas reference


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