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Goldfinch on Larch

By nirofo
Goldfinch on Larch photographed near to seed feeder hung in tree.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2013 9:46AM
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.


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paulbroad 10 123 1234 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 7:38PM
A nice composition. I would just run the dodge tool over the eye area to brighten it, but nice.

Trev_B 11 151 68 England
20 Jan 2013 9:18PM
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.


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