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Under carriage down.

Under carriage down.
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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: 2008-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma EF 180mm F3.5L Macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-26 10:10
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Points: 100
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I seem to have the bug for inflight shots at the moment a bit like Paul lawbert. this one is just before the Chaffinch lands on the tree stump. i like the way he has lowered his feet like the wheels on a plane .

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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What an amazing shot!Perfect focus, and excellent capture!!

shallow dof and sharply focussed image.



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-26 10:20]

Hi Nick,

I'm glad you have caught the in-flight bug because I love seeing them. Another good one - love the position you have frozen him in. The lowered feet and the wings thrown back are wonderful.



Final touchdown (-: What a superb inflight shot of this Chaffinch. Her whole attitude has been prepared for the landing. Natural colors. POV,BG and DOF are good. Wunderful shot. I love it and thanks for sharing. Greetings and TFS BOB

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-26 11:54]

Preciosa captura y buen pov,
detalles y acrobática escena,
buen trabajo amigo,

Hello Nick
This is a fantastic shot of what I and you regard as one of the hardest challenges to photograph..The small passerine in flight...Its intoxicating and infectious!!
Absolutely stunning detail everywhere apart from the wings...Which do show a great movement but possibly you were trying to freeze them?...And at 1/2500 it just shows how quick these lovely chaffinches are.
This is stunning shot Nick and I am so so impressed.
My best to you

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-26 12:01]

Hi Nick

Now you are showing off :) wonderful landing shot. I love that pose. You are getting really good at these in-flight shots. Sharp ad with perfect DOF



It's not just a bug...it's a outbreak....and since Howard has been on vacation...it fills the gap nicely....This one is so well defined...it looks almost naturally outlined! Well done once more!

Hello Nicholas,
Wonderful in flight photo of this Chaffinch.
Well done

Hi Nicholas,

Beautiful capture of this Chaffinch,excellent focus, composition and details.
TFS and Regards,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-26 12:25]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding in-flight shot and you have freezed a fantastic moment. Superb lighting with lovely colours and details. I wonder how fast the wings move as you still have motion-blur at that shutter speed. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

You appear to have got this "catch me flying" thing pretty good, excellent image showing good(great)details and colouration. Excellent timing to get the bird flaring his wings before alighting...really good work. TFS

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-26 12:31]

Hi Nicholas,

You are a real finch inflight expert. Another great shot.


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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2008-02-26 12:44]

hi Nick
fantastic shot,excellent moment

Hi Nick

I do agree with Joey, it is amazing shot.
Well done

A beautiful "flaps down" capture just in the nick of time before landing Nicholas, the framing, partly frozen movement and that OOF BG, all excellent. TFS my friend.

Hello Nick
cheer cheer, always so beautiful and Net
These birds must live at home, so that you can photograph them also well

Hi Nick,

well detailed in-flight capture with the landing gear down and flaps back ready to land. Nice work.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-26 14:48]

Hi Nico,impressive shot,not easy to take so perfect,great great work,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-26 15:12]

Hola Nicolas.
Otra muy bella foto mas para tu fina coleccion. hermosos colores y fina estampa. La velocidad del disparo trabajo exelentemte aqui.
Bello fondo difuso e interesante la nota escrita.
Saludos Nicolas.

Hello Nick,
Beautiful landing pose of the Chaffinch!
very sharp with exposure and focus!
a pleasing image with good details

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-26 16:54]

Hi Nicholas,

Very good timing to get this action shot of the Chaffinch.
Great vivid colours, a beautiful well lid eye for this splendid composition. Bravo!


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-26 17:10]

You are right, it is descending close to the trunk with its legs outstretching! I love those inflight pictures giving us so much insight of the movement of the birds. You and Paul have two different styles yet they are complement one another. I like this shot in full sun, with so much nice and warm light and a green background: summer is very close to you! Thanks!


Nic, Another great picture. Great timing. How do you manage to capture the picture at the right moment?

- Murali Santhanam

Hi Nick,
Really great in-flight shot of this Chaffinch, excellent detail, a wonderful pose captured, well framed, and the background set this off, really nice work Cheers Rick :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-26 19:32]

Hello Nick,Thanks for sharing this wonderful image of this Chaffinch with landing gear down, full, flaps and nose up, Superb job Nick.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2008-02-26 21:03]

Wow! Awesome capture. Perfect timing. Excellent details, composition and colours.

Hi Nick,
A fine capture of this chaffinch flying. Very well composed shot with excellent timing and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Splendid pose my friend !!!
perfectly captured in best moment, colours are sharp and luminous,
great focus and wonderfull background,
a great cheer

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-26 23:35]


Another superb composition - excellent POV with wonderful frozen detail, well handled exposure and great colour.



Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful inflight shot. Excellent pose of the bird. Great sharpness. Wonderful light and colours.
Very well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-27 1:27]

Nicholas, Excellent shot and really different and difficult shot keeping in view of the bird flying moment. The note is very nice and good one. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-27 1:59]

Hello Nick,
I think Marhowie must have inspired you to go in for in-flight captures! And they are fabulous, as this one is too. This is very well-timed and you've got excellent focus on the head and I like its pose in the air. A fine background too and well composed.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-27 3:12]

How do you do it?!
This is amazing!
Just like an Eagle about to pounce on a fish, only way smaller and pouncing on seeds instead!
Fabulous pose and incredible timing to capture it!
Very nice colours a perfect lighting.
Makes me want to try out my Sigma 180 even more :-D
Also it says Sigma EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM... shouldn't it be Sigma 180mm f3.5 APO EX DG HSM? :-)

Cheers Nick,


Hello Nick,

You are doing a fabulous job of capturing birds in flight! This one is so sharp and detailed! Look how the head is coming forward and the legs dropping, ready for landing! It's a bit like an areoplane really!
Lovely composition!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-27 4:37]

Hi Nick

Another splendid one from you and another terrific and good pose captured!
I see both you and Paul are using macro lenses for you bird in-flights...is this a new trend? :))

I love the sharpness here especially on the head of the chaffinch.
The composition is again very good and the light made sure that the colors would all be lovely.
Very nicely done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2008-02-27 7:56]

Hi Nicholas,
Fantastic. Like the slight blur of the wings giving the sense of motion.Just wish a little of the perch was sharp too.

WOW........ fantastic. very nice action picture. The colors have comeout very well.

bonjour nich
le BG aurait pu etre un peu plus flouté mais l'oiseau est relativement net pour la situation et c'est vraiment tres agreable de voir cette photo en mouvement.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-28 4:23]

Another great frozen movement shot! Very well done with great results. Beautiful and great technique, thanks!


Siempre sorprendiéndonos con tus preciosas toma Nicholas. Bonito balie del ave y una buena congelación de la imagen.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-28 11:05]

Hi Nicholas.
I like pictured moment a lot. Timing is really great as well as DOF and sharpness of the image. I see the high shutter speed is not enough for freezing quick movements of the bird wings. Have you tried to use ISO 800 or 1600? It would be interesting the quality of the shots with such ISO. Bravo. Great job.

Marvelous shot Nick! Very impressive, because it is really difficult to do. The colours are beautiful.
Best regards,

Hello Nicholas,
Fantastic in flight shot, excellent composition and great timing, nice sharpness and depth of field, beautiful natural colors and wonderful pose!

Hi Nick, an other splendid bird in great action, excellent sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-29 7:26]

Hello Nick,
Another superb in-flight of a cock Chaffinch with an apt title that suits the position of the legs and wings. Technically this is first class but I wondered if one could have cropped it with more space infront of the bird to improve the composition, if the original allowed it of course.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

Hi Nick,

This is your best one yet. Absolutely stunning detail and nice shape of wing. I like the fact that there is some movement, but the picture's pin sharp where it needs to be. 12/10. Well done.


Hi Nicholas!

Thank you very much for your comment on my last posting. I'm impressed by the diversity of the posting on TN. Maybe I see details and find subjects where others wouldn't see anything, you on your side are able to capture wonderful pictures of flying birds. I like this one very much and would like to congratulate for the instant you recorded at the very right moment.

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-02 7:53]

Hello Nick,
Back from a short holiday I was curious at your new photos and found this one. Amazing in-flight photo. The pose of the Chaffinch is perfect. Excellent sharpness and details. Beautiful colours.

Beautiful capture Nicholas!
Perfect timing with keeping all beauty of this little bird. Bravo for details and sharpness, DOF is kept in professional way too.
Friendly your,

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