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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM, CF Extrime IV 8 GB
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-19 4:50
Viewed: 4083
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Goldcrest is one of my favorite bird from Sweden and I was really pleased to see this 5g of feather during my visit in Spain. As usually they are really fast (even in Spain) and it was not easy to get sharp shot. But if you have patience... and luck you can get few good shots sometimes :)

This one was captured on very cloudy day with 1D Mark III @ 800 F/5.6 ISO-640 1/250sec. I was pleased with result considering that I only had 1/250 to play with.

Argus, Morigann, jaycee, nglen, jconceicao, pekkavalo1, ramthakur, ferranjlloret, Adanac, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-19 5:36]

Hej Ralf,
Yes, a very good result in taking this Goldcrest. The POV is just right and the lighting, sharpness and composition excellent to make it fine portrait of this tricky little bird.
TFS/ Hälsningar,

We har haft en dag med sol då jag kunde fota lite, annars har det varit grått och trist:((

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-19 5:44]

Hello Ralf,
Not easy to take a sharp photo of this tiny bird. But you succeeded very well. Excellent details and beautiful colours in a great composition. Very nice POV.

Hello Ralf,
This is a nice photo well composed of this tiny Goldcres (smallest bird in Europe). Fine details and DOF / POV.
Very well done

Hi Ralf
I love this timy bird too! We often see them from our flat window even though we are near the centre of a large town. Luckily there are plenty of trees for them to find food. As you say in your notes, the light wasn't great but you have still captured some fine details and colours. I will be very happy if I can get a shot of this species like this! ;-)
Kind Regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-19 9:51]

Hi Ralf,

I'm not sure if I have ever seen this adorable little bird before. I imagine trying to get a shot of him is much like getting one of a warbler. Your patience paid off with this beauty. I love the perky pose, the beautiful colors and the excellent details. Even the eye is wonderful with the nice catchlight.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-19 11:41]

Hi Ralf. This is a bird i have yet to take. You have taken this with fine detail and a good pov which shows all of the markings including the golden head crest, You have bright but still rich colours. well done TFS.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-01-19 12:06]

Great shot of this bird. Excellent exposure, color, and sharpness. Good pose, too. Gary

Hello Ralf,

Fantastic capture of this litle bird.
Wonderful colours with excellent details.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Hi Ralf,
Excellent capture of this tiny thing. Goldcrests are very cute and difficult to capture but you have managed perfectly; good pose and composition, sharp fine details and bright colours. He does not seem to be very happy though. No modelling fee?

I can imagine how frisky this little bird would be, Ralf. Still, you havee managed a wonderful shot of it from the best possible perspective.
The focus is spot on and the colours and details, especially on the head, are remarkable.
Well done and TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-20 0:02]

Hello Ralf,
very nice capture,very good sharp details. Composition and POV are great also. Very well done.

Hello Ralf,
Nice photo of this tiny Goldcres. Very well composed, excellent sharpness and fine details and POV.
Best Regards

Excellent capture. Great frame and really close shot. The detail is brilliant. Like you say, you were very lucky they move around a lot!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-23 19:13]

Hello Ralf,
This is a first rate quality image of this tiny beauty Ralf. I have been thinking of purchasing this lens, do you always get this great a result with a 2X extender with it? Thank you Ralf.

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2009-02-24 14:06]

Hello Ralf,
Fantastic capture of this little bird.

Hello Ralf
this is very nice shot of cute Goldcrest. It is very active small passerine bird. you nicely captured it in open side. focus, POV/DOF, colors and composition very nice. thanks for sharing. I wish you a happy 2010. best wishes

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