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Head On
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Club: on the hands: the nature in our hands [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-19 10:13
Viewed: 6206
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Or: A Greenfinch with a headache. At least I think this little one had a headache.. It's not tame, just dazed from flying into a window and therefore docile enough to be placed on Mogens's hand for a photo session.

I'd met Mogens yesterday afternoon when he was going home and I was going for an afternoon stroll with Milloup and the camera. As Mogens was going home, he offered that I could borrow his new toy - the 100mm macro lens, which I happily accepted. I think it was a wise move for Mogens to go from Nikon to Canon, as this means I can now use his lenses ;-)) I did get a few good shots with the lens, too.

However, I couldn't monopolise the lens indefinitely, so when heading back we went by Mogens's place to hand it back. He was sitting in his garden with a neighbour and a few glasses of cool beverage, and Milloup and I sat down for a chat. Suddenly we heard a loud thump and this little bird fluttered helplessly down into the hedge. It had somehow tried to enter the flat above Mogens's through a closed window, which hadn't been too good for it. It was not out cold, but it was very dazed and disoriented. Mogens picked it up and initially placed it in his birdhouse for recovery, but after a while we decided to have it pose for a few photos before it took off again. So, birdie was placed on Mogens's hand, and I got in a few shots, including this one. Mogens also got a few afterwards, some from even closer range than this. Eventually, the little bird had recovered sufficiently and took off again, so the injury was not severe.

About the Greenfinch, Carduelis chloris:
The Greenfinch is a large stocky finch with a distinctly forked tail. It's about the size of a Great Tit.
The adult male, in summer, is mostly green in colour except for yellow edges to their outer primary wing feathers and tail feathers. On looking more closely, the upperparts are more olive-green and the breast and belly a bright yellow-green, and greyish coverts. During the winter, the male becomes duller.

The adult female and juveniles have grey-brown upperparts, underparts are tinged with yellow, and with less yellow on the wings and tail than the male. The juveniles have dark brown streaks above and below. At first glance they can be mistaken for House Sparrows.

Length: 15 cm (6")
Wing Span: 25-28 cm (10-11")
Weight: 25-32 g (1 oz)
Present: All Year

Info lifted from this site, where you can also hear the call of this species of bird.
Treatment: Crop, saturation +10, USM and resize.

thistle, mogens-j, carper, Luc, klemmg, manyee, chiliu, liquidsunshine, VeTTe, coasties, marhowie, PDP, gerhardt, orme, Dave, jcoowanitwong, roges, nofer has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Luc: Pretty female? Pretty, anyway ;-)milloup 3 08-21 16:21
To carper: Hand or no hand ;-)milloup 1 08-21 09:24
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Lovely shot Bente!
It's good that this fellow is OK.
You have here really great shot.
Details, lighting and everything else is perfect.

such a sweet shot bente,
but I don't like hands on a animal photo, so I made a WS. The photo is well taken, the pov is good and the dof fantastic. I hope you like it.
gr. Jaap

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  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2005-08-19 12:09]

You took this picture with one hand! Way To Go!!

Excellent photo Bente!
Excelelnt colors and sharpness, the BG is great !!


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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-08-19 14:45]

Excellent sharpness, detail (all the little feathers!), clarity. Wonderful warm colours, effective RoT composition. Very well done!
TFS (incl. your story!),

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-19 17:01]

What a great story, Bente. I am glad the little birdie recovered. He is very cute. You captured it with very crisp details. Great skill using the new macro lens. Wonderful light and POV. Well done and TFS. : )

Wow, great clarity and the hand (even though I generally don't like them in animal shots) provides nice scale for the bird! Nice job.

A rushed weekend critique I'm afraid,
Great capture Bente, thanks for posting.
Have a great weekend

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-08-20 3:35]

good sharpness and colos

Hello Bente

Nice to see you again! What a sweety. Great capture. Awesome sharpness and detail. Love the catchlight. Nice work. Thanks.

Excellent shot, Bente
Very sharp and clear, very nice colour.

Hi Bente

Great capture you got of this little chap. Excellent sharpness/dof and clever handling of the light. Colours are very good and natural - even on my hand;-).

I can tell that the bird was almost fully recovered after some 30 minutes and then took off for the trees. All the time untill then it was sitting under on top of the nesting box.

Not that it is important but the lens is a 100 mm;-).


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-20 21:39]
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Splendid image, Bente!
It is probably a female, and fair besides, To have banged so on your window ;-)

It is a very beautifull bird. Without this accident, we would not have been able to see it so near. The hand of Mogens makes a beautiful pedestal. His thumb hides a paw of the bird but we can anticipate that it caresses the bird with it.
So sharp and so nice colors. Perfect eye catching.

Have a wonderfull Sunday!

Hello Bente, Perfect sharpness, colors and clarity. Off all the hand jobs I've seen, this one really does the trick for me ;-)

Hi Bente.. this is a very sweet shot. I am glad that he is OK and that you were there to be sure of it. The colors and detail are very good in this closeup. Very nicely done :-)

Très belle photo, netteté et couleurs de l'oiseau( je crois qu'il s'agirait d'un jeune " verdier") sont naturelles.La main est aussi très nette. Tout est Ok.

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  • Jeppe Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 33] (193)
  • [2005-08-24 15:48]

Yes you and Mogens surely got the hands and eyes for those shots - he seems to enjoy beeing in good hands - Thanks Bente for sharing you fine photo.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-24 17:24]

Did you give it some "Parrots ate em all"? Excellent shot Bente. The details are marvellous and Mogens' hand is very well manicured. Super shot and great note.

Amazing golden glow the light has on the feathers. Its difficult to see why its called a Greenfinch? Nice moment you posted Bente, TFS.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-09-24 15:11]

Good capture,Bente. I like the sharpness and colours. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-09-27 3:25]

The clarity and detail of the bird are both superb, Bente. I also like how you have framed it with the hand and lovely green background to match. Well captured.

Hi Bente,
excellent portrait shot of this beautiful bird. nice lighting and details. nicely done!

Oi Bente
SO good to see a post, actually I saw a note to you - you are one of those who I really miss, being away from TN most of the time. No comments about DD' no sharp wit, no one looking for blue.
I trust you and Miloup wil have a great 2006. Drop by sometime, I am also VERY scarce, but busy shooting more than ever before.
Take care
BTW, nice shot of this little guy. Best to Morgens too.

Hello Bente,
Perfect picture. Perfect settings. Really enjoy seeing greenfinch in such a close range. TFS

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-02-09 11:56]

Hello Bente,
I'm glad this little one made a full recovery! Excellent sharp details and pose, i quite like Mogens hand :o)

  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-13 14:36]

Hi Bente,
Splendid fange.
Hvilken lille fugl med fjer så smuk.
Splendid POV.
De bedste tanker til Tyskland,

P.S. Desværre har jeg ikke har grøn smiley. Jeg håber, du har ikke noget imod.

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  • meo Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 121] (759)
  • [2010-03-25 12:22]

Nice macro :) Nice sharpness and colors. Thanks for sharing.

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