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Male Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch
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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: 2008-11-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dainty birds 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-18 10:05
Viewed: 3103
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Male Caffinch was taken from a hide on a very dull day the other weekend.

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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-18 10:07]

Hello Nicholas

Beautiful picture of the male chaffinch here. The details are superb, and sharpness excellent. The OOF BG works really well.

Best regards Siggi

Hi Nick,
It has been a long time! and i missed all your pictures, but any way it is pleasure to watch this beautiful picture and as always the catch light is special. That twig is a slight distraction but i think we can't do much about it in nature :-)
Goutham R

Hello Nick,
I like the fact that there's enough space around the Chaffinch as it is a rather small bird..
Now, it can fly away...:-)
Well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-18 10:21]

Hi Nick,

You seem to be having too many dull weather days. There is nothing dull about this picture though. The Chaffinch is beautiful with marvelous colors and your always super fine details. I love the background and the composition in the angle of the horizontal and diagonal branches.


Hi Nick,
Very good picture of Chaffinch with good pose, POV and composition, sharp details and very good colours for bad lighting.

Hello Nicholas
If I could capture beauties like these on "dull days" I won't mind if every day is dull. This is really a smacker, and although you say this is a common bird I'll forget the word common when I look at this image. The colours of this bird’s plumage are truly awesome. I really fancy this one, as it is perfectly shaped. Your presentation is spot on, with great sharpness, excellent focus and splendid framing. I cannot pass without adding it to my favourites. It stole my heart for beauty. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-18 10:52]

Hello Nick,
A dull day? The light is fantastic. Superb photo in every aspect. Nothing to critize, or it should be the diagonal twig. But that's not a great distraction.

Hello Nicholas,

Another great photo.
Beautiful colours with good details.
Light,focus and definition are splendid.

That's a wonderful sharp shot, Nicholas,
the colours are so warm and the BG perfect, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-11-18 11:13]

Hi Nick,
this is a marvellous capture
of the chaffinch perching on the branch with a
plain BG..Nice colors and details..
Take care my friend...

Nice sharp shot! and good colours!

Dear NIck
Excellent shot of this Male Chaffinch,
Great details,exposure and BG.Superb shot my friend.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-18 12:52]

Hi Nick,
Exposure is very well controlled here, you managed to create a fine lighting and warm colors in a dull day. I like the pose, POV, composition and background. TFS
All the best,

Hi Nick, elegant bird with fine details and splendid sharpness, fantastic golden blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-18 13:08]

Merhaba Nicholas,
What a beautiful and lovely bird! Details, sharpness, POV, composition are perfect. Colors are very marvelous. Well done. Congratulations.


I think the green on the branch combined with green brown backdrop are superb. And of course the bird is spot on...as a pin..etc...etal...what more could one expect from a regimented man with an artistic flare!?

Hi Nick, a lovely and excellent capture of thişs handsome caffinch witn great composition and colours.
TFS and cheers,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-18 22:35]

Hi Nicholas,
Outstanding shot of this cute male Chaffinch with such lovely colours and sharp details on its plumage. Fantastic pose captured with superb lighting and perfect DOF. Very attractive image. Excellent BG, POV and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-19 0:10]

hi Nick,
the bird is very cute, its all because of your efforts. beautiful colors and fine details on the bird and great background. could have tilted your camera a bit to make the perch little diagonal. tfs.

Hello Nicholas,

Beautiful capture of this chaffinch in difficult weather conditions. Good exposure and sharpness. Good natural colours.

Merhaba Nicholas,süper bir fotoğraf,keskinlik ve netlik çok güzel.Ellerine sağlık :)

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-19 6:28]

Hi Nicholas
Excellent detail,colours and perfectly sharp photo.Composition and background are nice too.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Nicholas,

another great shot of a beautiful singbird.
Good pov and bg.
You showed him well in the winter colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-19 13:47]

Hi Nico,how is nice this little bird! Very simpatic,fantastic colors and wonderful sharpness,no other comments,thanks to show us a beauty like that,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-19 14:27]

Very well done again Nicholas, a fine bird with subtle colors and a very sharp image. Great job my friend,


An expertly capture indeed Nicholas, a classical "textbook" representation of a male Chaffinch in fine form and beautiful colours... TFS this excellent image my friend.

Hello Nick,

Chaffinches are such attractive birds, well particularly the males. You have caught this specimen with pin sharp focus clearly detailing the color and texture of its plummage.
Perfectly composed off-centre.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-19 21:12]

Hello Nicholas,

You have made an excelent portret of this tiny bird. It is shown with excelent sharpness so that fine details of the bird can be well observed. The pattern and colors of the plumage are also shown in great detaisl. Image has a fine composition with those perches bird is sitting on.

Thank you for sharing,

A nice picture with good composition and POV. Framing and composition are wonderful.
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-20 0:17]

Hi Nick

Another wonderful capture from you!
I see hides also work well...not just your special log :)
This is a lovely shot, in which the colors were all so nicely saturated by the dull weather. The light was evenly diffused and therefore you didn't get any harsh shadows on your subject.
Excellent sharpness and wonderful shallow DOF, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-20 10:13]

Hi Nicholas,
Beautiful capture.I liked vivid colors,sharpnes,simple BG and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-20 12:24]

Hi Nick,
a lovely shot of this pretty Chaffinch!
Wonderful colours and great warm light.
Very sharp with lots of detail.
Excellent composition.

Well done!

p.s my Canon 100-400mm needs repairing and I was wondering whether you know if it's possible to "borrow" another one while it's being fixed?
When you were choosing what lens to get, you tried out the 100-400mm, 300mm f/4 and the sigma 50-500mm; did you buy them first and then take them back or did the shop you got them from allow you to just "borrow" them for a while to see if you liked them?
Sorry if this doesn't make much sense to you :-)

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-20 15:16]

This is such a nice life, beautiful, puffy and so small. Strong with intent. I see all this in your superb picture, Nick. Many thanks!


Hi Nicholas!

Do you talk to the birds and ask them to pose for you? It's amazing to notice how the birds shape matches the Y formed by the branches. The dull day probably offered you perfect indirect light and natural colours.

Kind regards


Hello Nicholas,
this is also wonderful capture for your Chaffinches. It is in your usual quality, with perfect sharp focus, coloration, BG. Greatly composed and framed. Thanks for sharing this beauty
best wishes

Hello Nick
Very beautiful...
Les couleurs sont vraiment fantastiques.
Merci, Amicalement

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-25 4:18]

Hi Nick,
This is one of the species I wish we had here in Canada. They are wonderful, and you have brought their beauty to life here with your great camera work. Exceptional image Nick, thank you.

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