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For Mary.

For Mary.
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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-02 8:35
Viewed: 3469
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 82
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Today i dedicate this to my wife Mary on her birthday .This was taken today in the forest. The weather was a bit dull with little sunshine. I spent a few hrs taking pictures enjoying the quite of the forest.

Chaffinch ( Fringilla coelebs ) One of the commonest and most widespread birds in Britain, favouring a wide variety of habitats including gardens, parks and woodland. In winter numbers are boosted by the influx of north european birds. Song comprises a descending trill with a characteristic final flurish. Feeds mainly on Insects during the summer months but seeds in the winter where they often gather in large flocks

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-02 8:42]

Hi Nick

Great capture - excellent detail, frozen action and colour. Very skillful.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-02 8:57]

Hi Nick,
Great inflight capture of this little fellow. Focus, sharpness, pose you captured, colors and background look very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-02 9:10]

Hi Nick,

A very happy birthday to Mary! She has to love this perfect picture. It really is wonderful - colors, details, pose, frozen action, background. Picture perfect.


Hello Nick
Birthday Wishes to Your Wife.
Now for this wonderful picture.
I see that you cut down the aperture to create a faster shutter speed and it has worked a treat...You have frozen in time this glorious Male with so true colours...I love his focus on where he is going to land.
Stunning Shot Nick
A good week ahead to you

Hello Nick,
Very warm dedication with a perfect image to your wife's birthday, kindly say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her from a far distance friend from NZ! wishing her well!
a top quality of a inflight shot with total sharpness, real colour and details always
my best regards to you both!

An interesting moment, nicely captured. thanks

Hi Nick, happy birthday to Mary and thanks for this splendid bird in superb landing pose, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, superb focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-02 10:16]

Hello Nick,
Lovely birthday card for your wife!! Give her my best wishes too! You're really becoming a master of in-flight photography - this is brilliant! Good focus, xcellent sharpness, fine colours and very well-timed. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla


Happy Birthday to Mary and Congrats on a wonderful image of this Chaffinch,
Very well done,


Hi Nicholas,
Very well timed image with action stopping shutter. Love the lighting and the BG. The inclusion of the small part of the branch adds a good anchor to the image.

Hello Nick awsome catch. Good POV and flight pose. Nice sharpness. Good clean BKground light was great. You are doing really well with the 40D. tfs rgds Necip.

Happy b'day to your lovely wife and I hope she enjoys your fine work as much as we all do Nick..You have a family to be proud of!

Well done, Nicholas.
Good in flight image. Birthday wishes;-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-02 14:13]

Hi Nico,no comment need,the pic is so beautifull that talk alone,thanks for share,Luciano

hello Nicholas

what a great and lovely in-flight shot, it is a gracious pose
of this Chaffinch on the airs, excellent sharpness and details
and i love the blurs of the wing showing the motion, TFS

p.s. i have done an in-flight shot of a Lady Cardinal
i am verry happy, it will be my next posting

Hello Nicholas,
Superb in flight, great action and fantastic timing, excellent sharpness and nice depth of field, beautiful colors and lovely light.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-02 22:06]

Hello Nick,
Awesome capture, looks like he's ready to land
great sharpness and composition.. Well done


Hi Nick
Another beauty. Great frozen action. I like square crop, perfect OOF background and great sharpness. I am glad that you left the tree trunk in foreground.

Such a nice pre-landing capture Nicholas, expertly handled from the viewpoints of dynamic, partly freezed motion, sharp focus and plumage & coloration characteristics against an OOF BG. I'm sure your wife would love this gift my friend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-03 1:15]

Exceptional image Nick!
Perfect focusing and DOF.
Razor sharp and crisp.
Excellent pose.
Say Happy Birthday to your wife from me! :-)
Well done!


Hi Nick,

Another perfect shot of this beautiful bird! The BG is marvelous my friend! Great Composition and superb details.


What better Birthday present you can possibly get? It's a gorgeous shot with tack sharp detail, wonderfully captured with the open wings. I see you really get a great use out of this great lens of yours. I love it as well!
Great job, Nick! Cheers, Klaus

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-03 8:22]

You're very good at it Nicholas, your flying birds are always impressive. Nothing else to say than: GREAT! Thanks,


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-03 10:31]

Happy birthday to your wife Nicholas, that's a very nice dedication to her. The first thing that popped to my mind when I saw your picture is the song "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. The grace and agility of this little bird is so beautiful and you captured its lightness and beauty with a loving eye. Beautiful pose, grat colours and details, thank you Nicholas,


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-03-03 10:38]

Bonjour Nicholas
Très belle prise en lumière naturelle, superbe couleurs et bonne netteté, très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-03 11:02]

Hi Nicholas
this is very nice fly bird
very good sharp and detail
well done.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-03 18:31]

Hi Nicholas,

Beautifully captured this inflight shot of the Chafinch!
I really like the way he's looking down having his tiny legs ready to catch the log for a great landing!
Good details with great well saturated colours!

Well done!

Hi Nick,
Please give my best wishes and A HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mrs. Glen. A fine dedication of this beautiful chaffinch. Excellent flying action capture with lovely details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-04 0:30]

Hi Nick

Sorry i'm a bit late, but a very beautiful capture and dedication. A belated but honest Happy Birthday for Mary!
Great work in catching chaffinch iun such a great pose and especially in this great natural light that gave you that superb uniform BG to work with...it definitely enhances the shot a lot.
The details on your subject are gorgous and crispy clear while the colors are lovely and very well saturated.
Very well composed and exposued, too!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Nicholas,
happy bird day, your wife Mary and happy life both of you together. This is great capture and also very nice chosen for clebration.
thanks for sharing, best wishes my friend

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2008-03-04 12:36]

Great timing of this excellent capture Nick. Very good technical quality, DOF and POV. TFS

Fabuloso trabajo Nicholas.
Un encantador momento.
Buenos tonos y excepcional encuadre.
¡Felicidades Mary!
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-05 13:09]

hello Nicholas
wonderful capture of this cute bird while its flying via macro lens
dynamic composition, point of view, timing, lighting, colours, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-06 19:51]

Hello Nick,
What a superb image of this beautiful bird landing. I like how he is looking to the side. The colors and details you have captured are slplendid Nick, thank you.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-03-07 8:39]

Hi Nick, this is a most beautiful photo, both techncially and aestetically, a lovely shot for your wife. This is the type of photo I always want to take and I notice that the Canon 40D has more frams per sec and shoots faster than mine, I am tempted by the 40D. As I say a great shot just right on focus and sharpness and the open wings are just superb. Perfect dof and great light and colour. Congrats Nick.

hi nicholas!
great shot with good sharpness
and with the chaffinch in a
nice pose!
very good!

Superb!!!Colors, photo, pose are superb

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-03-12 13:15]


What a great action shot. The Composition, DOF, BG, Sharpness and detail are all very good and I can appreciate how difficult it is to pull this type of pic off!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-15 20:18]

Hello Nicholas

A beautiful capture of this Chaffinch.
The clarity is wonderful,sharply focused with lovely detail,a perfect dedication shot for your wife Mary.
The lighting is well handled,and the colours appear natural.
The OOF BG has a lovely bokeh.


Hi Nicholas,
This is an excellent inflight capture. A wonderful pose & POV.
Great DOF, exposure & colors..Nice detail and the dappled bokeh colors compliment the subject perfectly :)
Very well done,

This has to be my favourite of all your pics.

I can only think of one word - Stunning

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