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Purple Finch

Purple Finch
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 14:36
Viewed: 3430
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once again I will have to post from my archive,I'm busy at work and I don't have to much time for photography.On top of that when ever I have a chance to go I do not see to much bird and the weather is terrible. I beleive that is my first posting for that specie and that is the only one I saw this year.
From Audubon
Purple Finch are numerous and conspicuous during spring migration.for a few weeks each year one can hear the rich,spirit song of the brightly colored males.In winter they visit feeding stations in large numbers,showing a fondness for sunflower seeds.

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Hi Michel,
So good you finally posted this one.
I like a lot the clear first plane you've got of it, with plenty of good light to admire the gorgeous colour of this specie.
Wide aperture was great to isolate the subject from that nicely blurred background.
Congratulations and thanks a lot for share it,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-17 15:39]

Hola Michel: Como me gusta el color de esta especie con esos tonos pastel. Una foto excelente que muestra esta gran ave en todo su esplendor, muy buen manejo de la luz, el color y la nitidez...saludos.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-17 15:40]

Hi Nick,

Today must be Finch Day! The Purple Finch is one we do not have in Arizona but I had seen them on the east coast. Except for the coloring he seems very much like the House Finch. A wonderful pose, colors and details with a beautiful background and composition.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-01-17 15:58]

Hola Michel,
bonita captura y original color,
buen foco y fino encuadre,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-17 20:19]

Hello Michel,
A wonderful image of this colorful finch. I have never seen a Purple Finch before, but we do have plenty of House Finches in my area which resemble them a lot. Nicely composed with fine detail and natural colors. Love the diagonal branch and blurred BG. Super shot!!

Hi Michel,

vey good picture from this beautiful bird with good dof and details.
And that from your archive!.
Fine colours.


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-17 21:37]

Hello Michel
Very well capture and presented. I like colors, light and details

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-18 0:41]

Hello Michel,
Very beautiful photo of this Purple Finch. Great natural colours, good sharpness and details and an excellent composition. Very nice eye contact, OOF BG and POV.

Ciao Michel, splendid bird with fantastic colors, nice pose, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-18 1:14]

Wonderful Purple finch!
Great details and colors.
Warm congratulation!

Hi Micheal,

Awesome capture of this beauty from nice POV with great details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day!

Ps. sorry i could not write detailed comment since i had a heavy influenza!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-18 4:24]

Hello Michel,
A wondereful close capture of a male Purple Finch taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and colors against a pleasing dark natural BG and the composition on the twig is ideal.
TFS this excellent portait and have a good week,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-18 4:39]

Hi Michel,
the reddish softness really makes this bird so cute and lively. you have presented it so lovely in great details and super sharp shot.
Thre blurry background enhances it moe and the curly brach make it looks very artistic. I knoe that this is not a coincident, but it is awell thought composition in a second.
well done, really nice presentation.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-18 4:41]

Fine portrait, beautiful colors and composition. tfs.

Ciao Michel. Brigg beautiful natural colours exalted by the light. Great close up MF!


Hi Michel
Excellent presentation of this beautiful and colorful finch.

salut Michel

une excellente photo en close-up du Roselin pourpré
et pour te dire la vérité je n'en ai jamias vu en vrai
ou je ne me souviens pas, excellent POV et cadrage,
excellent focus netteté et détails, background joliment flouté,
belle luminosité et joli catch-light qui rendent la photo encore plus belle,



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-18 10:39]

Hi Michel. This is so much like the Redpoll we have it must be from the same family. You were able to take a fine close up with sharp focusing and fine detail in the colourful featehrs. It stands out from the plain BG. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-18 11:43]

Hello Michel,
it's a beautiful bird, I love the red feathers so much. Also a nice pose and wonderful light and colours, thanks and greetings.
Best rtegards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-18 14:33]

Hi Michel,
Very beautiful capture of this purple Finch.POV,eye contact,BG and details are wonderful.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Michel,
a superb capture of the Purple Finch taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and lighting, marvellous bright colours, a very pleasant composition with a splendid OOF BG
Have a good week

bonjour Michel
tu as des vrais bijoux dans tes archives, ce roselin pourpré est une vraie merveille, superbe netteté, merveilleuses couleurs et lumière, et parfaite profondeur de champs
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-19 4:01]

Hello Michel,
What a beautiful species of Finch in wonderful rose/purple colours that stand out sharply against the lovely dark green background. Excellent sharpness and a lovely composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Bien controlada la luz y unos colores muy fieles a la realidad. Magnífica toma Michel.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-01-25 18:10]

Hello Michel,
What an outstanding image Michel, superb quality as always. This is sure a beautiful species that you have captured and shared with us, thank you.

Hi Michel,
this one is wonderful, this colour is amazing and the same as the blossom on the twig it is sitting on.
Thanks for this beautiful bird,
enjoy the weekend
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Michel,
very beautiful scene well composed, with splendid natural colors output and details it's a great photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-09 23:54]

Hi Michel

Great pose and shot of this (for me) unusual-looking finch. Very good detail against a nice OFF BG.

Best wishes


Salut Michel
Toujours aussi beau, tu sais vraiment mettre cet oiseau en valeur, très belle composition et belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Michel
this beautiful finch is similar to some Carduelis species here. but it has a bit different colors. you greatly captured it with sharp focus and against blurred BG. POV/OOF and composition superb as like colors. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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