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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-22 22:30
Viewed: 5224
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Young Goldfinch: Alex99, is it you?
Alex99: Yes, it is me. And who are you?
Young Goldfinch (proudly): I am Goldfinch.
Alex99: Ha-ha!
Young Goldfinch: Do not laugh. It is the truth. I still shall become beautiful, here will see.
Alex99: OK. However, I already shall remain only Alex99.

This dialogue had flashed across my mind when I had seen this bird, which was smartening after a shower on our lawn.

Last two weeks were so hot in Odessa region. Temperature reached a point of 38 degrees on Celsius. We have been compelled to water a grass on a lawn every day that involved many sparrows. Also few young goldfinches arrived some times.

There are many outstanding goldfinch pictures in TN gallery. I love them so much. This one is not from them. During two years I cannot to come nearer to goldfinches to suitable shooting distance. However, this young fellow had seemed to me very attractive. And it had taken a keen interest to me definitely.

I hope when it becomes an adult fine goldfinch I will manage to make a perfect portrait of this bird.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To XOTAELE: Warm greetingsAlex99 1 09-03 12:28
To Jamesp: Bravo, James.Alex99 1 09-01 11:15
To gerbilratz: Gratitude.Alex99 1 08-24 01:38
To eqshannon: Thanks for WS and nice comments.Alex99 1 08-24 01:32
To mogens-j: My kind wishesAlex99 1 08-23 22:55
To pablominto: Thank you so much.Alex99 1 08-23 22:51
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-22 22:40]

Hi Alexei,

He might not be the most beautiful Goldfinch (yet) to be on TN but he may be the most special. The look on his face is priceless. He seems to be listening very carefully to your imaginary conversation. A superb shot of him with his wonderful face and beautiful plummage. As always, colors, details, background and composition are excellent. Now you know how we feel - it's been hotter than that here for three months now and we have about one and a half months to go. No lawns here - we are generally in a drought.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-08-22 23:00]

Hi Alex!

What humerous and at the same time deep notes! I like the idea of a dialogue with an animal very much! It remembers me my wife and I talking to the impatient sparrows while we are having breakfast on our terrace. They can't wait for the pieces of crusts we are giving them when we are finished.

First, I was a bit surprised and almost disappointed by a picture of a bird on a fence, but after having read your notes and the dificulty you have to get a good picture of a Goldfinch I find it amusing and... the bird really seems to challenge the spectator.

Kind regards


Hello my dear friend,
Good title goes with a awesome image indeed, simply beautiful!
I loved the head on pose of the Goldfinch with it's curious looks! very cute
many thanks for the wonderful sharing
take good care and have a wonderful weekend!
greeting from NZ

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-08-22 23:32]

Hola amigo,
good capture, with splendid ligthing...
perfect bg. and focus.
nice note, really 38şg. it's a lot of heat :((

Saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei,

I was wondering what your feathered friend had been up to, with the plumage slightly in disorder, hehehe!
This is a fine composition and a good documentary, super details in the bird and the colours are well reproduced...

Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-22 23:40]

Hello Alexei,
A great capture of a juvenile Goldfinch taken in a fine pose and showing his scruffy neck that is moulting. Technically superb in a fine composition with excellent neutral BG.
He may return to you to be photographed when he has reached maturity!
Thanks Alexei and have agood weekend,
Best wishes,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-23 0:34]

Hi Alexei,
Your Goldfinch look out as wet hen but is very funny so as your comment. Very good sharpness and clear BG.
Regards, Pawel

Hello Alexei,

Very good capture of this young goldfinch. Excellent light and very nice colours. I would be fine if you could give a little bit of sun here :-). We have too much water here.
Have a nice week-end,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-23 2:28]

Hello Alexei,
Well, who knows, by the look on its face it may remember you and return to you one day!! The birds certainly seem to have suffered as much as us from the heat this summer so I'm glad you've given them a few showers! This one looks rather cool there sitting on the fence. Great focus and fine details. I like the beautiful soft background too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello alexei
what a lovely post, i liked the title, the pose and the notes very much, sharp image with good details, lovely expressions,
well done,
tfs & regards

A very intriguing contrast between natural and wire fence...I have seen this image type before in my viewfinder but yet have to capture one which does this in such a dramatic way. Fences are very hard to work within nature but easy to work with in industry. you have manged to combine both! I shall put in workshop an example of how dramatic a fence alone can be..image me trying to mix this one with nature:-)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-23 10:10]

Hello Alexei,
This is nice with lovely natural light and color. The feather detail is beautiful.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-23 10:18]

Hello Alex, your presentation is very nice and the conversation is good. Lovely view and good composition. Ganesan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-23 10:44]

Hello Alexei,
a great quirky shot of this scruffy young Goldfinch :-)
I love the look on his face.
Great sharpness, well composed, superb DOF and a good BG.

Well done,

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-23 12:00]

Hola Alex, aunque no fotografiar pájaros, el jilguero es mi pájaro preferido.
En esta excelente toma nos presentas un jilguero muy joven, con una mirada atenta, buenos y naturales tonos de color, buen enfoque y un fondo suave y bien desenfocado. Un saludo

Hi Alexei...I love this, such good timing to get such an image, the detail is wonderful, showing such character to this young bird..fine effort!! regards h

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-23 13:02]

Hi Alexie. i love your notes they have made me laugh . We can see just some colour in the wings of this un goldfinch . It has a wise look abaout it . I like the pose the way its looing sideways. you have captured fine detail and natural oclours. well done . tFS

Hello Alexei,
Good dialogue or is it dialog:-)
Funny posture and thus good moment.
Great bright background.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2008-08-23 14:03]

Hi Alexei
Fantastic photo of this little bird, good sharpness and colors. Interesting and funny note. Good job

Hello my friend

Very nice shot of this youngster. It looks so nice in it's curiousity - like it is wondering what is that strange creature duing with that funny thing. Why is it behaving like that. Is it dangerous or is it drunk.:-).

I fully agree - they are very lovely birds and getting close enough to get a decent shot can take a lot of time. I know, because I have tried for years without result.

You did well Alexei. Nice colours, clever handling og the light, very nice composition and a funny attitude.

Have a nice weekend
Yours Mogens

Ciao Alex, splendid bird in great pose, wonderful focus and beautiful blurry BG, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Quite an amusing 'conversation' between you and the young Goldfinch, Alexei :).
An adorable capture of this cute little one sitting on the fence and staring at you.
Thanks for sharing this image and best regards.

Charmant cadrage et portrait bien équilibré.
Bonne journée.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-24 2:03]

AHAHAH Alex,you're great! Very humourous note and great pic!! Perfect moment to take,the bird is surely in perfect marriage whit your words! Thanks for the idea and the great realisation,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hola Alexei, como siempre esperando tus trabajos que que de cuando en cuando publicas. De esta toma me gusta especialmente la luz que se ve potente, natural y bien controlada, tanto en la valla como en el cuerpo del ave. Bonita y bien reflejada pose del animal. Buen fondo y bello conjunto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-24 4:58]

Hello Alex,
Very funny the expression of the Goldfinch! It looks really like asking something and waiting on a response. Very fine-coloured background and excellent sharpness like always.
Have a nice Sunday

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful young goldfinch. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Alexei. Interesting conversation between Alex99 and the goldfinch :-). Very sharp image on the chain-link. Well exposed plumage perched really neat against the silenced background. Very good job and I like it. Regards. Jusni

Hi Alexei,

nice notes, it is not the most beautiful picture from the Goldfinch but this is one special picture.
The adult must grow and become than the beautiful colours.
I like the pose and the very good dof.


This is a lovely shot, Alexei!The OOF BG brings out lovely details of this lovely young bird.

Hi Alex
Ha Ha Ha Great title, great photo and great note ;-) Great bird, good OOF background, nice composition with the main object a little bit on the left side
Best wishes

Hi Alexei, Your sense of fun with good nature photos is always refreshing. You have an empathy with the wildlife you capture digitally. Good work on this rather "ugly duckling" situation. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alexei, again,

this bird IS talking back to you, I agree. Funny shot that speaks of summer. Well done, Alexei.

M best regards

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-08-25 2:21]

Hi Alexei
A great capture of a juvenile Goldfinch
very nice composition
well done.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-08-25 7:17]

hello my dear friend
you had created nice dialogue and contact to this cute bird
i like composition, POV, BG, light, colours and sharpness

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-25 21:57]

Hi Alexei,
Great shot and an excellent attitude captured here of the tiny bird. The pose on that fence and the stare is so priceless. Very neat and sharp image with clear details. Superb handling of natural lighting and the BG looks so beautiful. excellent DOF, POV and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi dear Alexei ,
As always a perfect shot from you.
clean and colourful.
BG is great too.
Well captured and has excellent compo.

Kind regards

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-08-27 14:58]

Hi Alexei

Just a quick one now...trying to catch up after my trip last week :)
Very funny capture of this goldfinch and also very cute note to complete it :))
Indeed temperatures are going crazy everywhere and i'm affraid to say it might be our (human's) folt. The entire wildlife is also suffering and the ones of us who can show it, have to...it's our moral obligation as nature lovers.

Back to the picture, i really like the unique pose you've captured the bird in and the terrific sharpness you presen it with.
Further more, the light is very good and your exposure is spot-on.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Alexei,
Since I was in field trip for a long time, I cant visit your last shots. Also many thanks for your critiques on mine.
My last post also belongs to goldfinch. Your gave a great pose. Superb colors on it and BG. Nicely composed and notes. Especially replic on top of the notes great. Thanks for sharig. best wishes my friend

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-27 19:07]

Hello Alexei, very fine shot of this youngster! Very sharp and clear, it looks in 3D, well done, thanks!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-28 8:53]

You do yourself a disservice Alexei, for this a fine portrait that when combined with your note, creates character and a nice idea. Technically this is a great shot anyway, with excellent DOF and details. Well done!

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-08-28 23:53]

Hello Alexei,
Good to see this juvenile Gold finch posing for you.
I see you have [posted a good number of pics in my absence. Will go through them in detail later. I am in a hurry now. :(
This is an exceent capture with good sharpness, details , colours andPOV. Excellent background too.Hop ehe will pose for you again when he is much older.:)

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-08-29 5:32]

Hi Alexei,
This one was a real model, you really had a brush with a page 3 pompous one.Fantastic . The conversation makesit very interesting.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-08-29 6:32]

To me this is a close to perfection portrait, Alex99! What a lovely pose from the bird, original and so sweet. I like the framing too, with the fence and the tenderness of this little animal. Thank you, it's always great to read your notes and contemplate your pictures, thank you,


Alexei "dear" friend,
This "IS" a great catch, indeed.
I usually "hide" from the sight of the birds whenever I register them at "anticipated" locations; and, I use the remote control to click.
Much luck for your next adventure.
Mario with warm regards.
P.S. It has been warmer but the nights are cold here in Calgary. I LOVE LIVING IN CALGARY though at times it is VERY VERY COLD. We have the central heating system ... very comfortable within the home at ALL times.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-08-30 23:56]
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Hi Alex

Great shot of this young Goldfinch. Nice detail, colour and lighting. Your conversation reminds me of a very famous 'put down' by Winston Churchill to Lady Astor :-

Lady A :- Mr Curchill, you are disgustingly drunk!

Winston C :- And you madam are ugly - but I shall be sober in the morning!



Hola Alex.
Deseando que todo vaya a mejor.
Precioso pajarillo, con buenos detalles y gran nitidez.
Genial enfoque aprovechando la luz natural.
Saludos, Jl.

Hi Alex,
I really like almost human face expression of the bird. The title is perfect for the photo. Great capture!
Cheers, Andriy

Hi Alex,
You´ve had a dialogue with a bird!..he, he.
A good image, I like the mad pose and look of this young goldfinch

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-09-19 11:18]

Hi Alexei

I like this shot much more than the perfect adult goldfinch shots. This young juvenile is all at once comical, attractive and cute. I love the pose with the interested glance and the elongated neck. Wonderfully sharp, well composed and perfect DOF



What makes this a very good image is the sharp detail on the goldfinch as well as the out of foucus BG. Well done, my friend!


Ciao Alexei,
meravigliosa cattura di questo giovane cardellino, eccellente composizione per la splendida posa con un fantastico OOF BG, straordinaria nitidezza, bellissimi i colori.

Hi Alexei,
38 degrees is very hot for me... I would have problem at this temperature and I understand that birds need a little water...During summer time, we have some hot weather as well but 38 is exceptional and I don’t like it (25 is my comfort zone, over that, it’s though). I’m definitively a Nordic person :) This is a very friendly capture with funny notes and excellent composition, exposure and details. Thanks,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-03 6:05]

Hi Alexei,
I was smiling to myself when I read the title.
Quite funny . this one is very cute with sharpness and clarity. I like the effect the fence gives. Very nice soft blurred background pushed your shot into an excellent one.
Brilliant composition.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-09 14:47]

Hello Alexei !
Well, this one is not exactly cute, he's got a strange thin neck, makes him look very odd. But the picture, of course, is a sperfect as possible - sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV and BG are perfect, but what I like most here is the pose of the bird. He looks curious and attentive. Very well done !

Privet Alexei,
What a great shot! It fits to the category "Humorous" also. The fence itself doesn't bother me at all, it's a part of our lives, but at the same time they mean great observer points to our birds. Composition, colors, exposure, sharpness are excellent each. A very attractive image! Bravo! Due to it 5 years passed since you posted it, I hope you managed to portrait a mature Goldfinch in the meantime. If not... good luck, come on! :-)
Best regards, László

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