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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: 2008-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Sigma 50-500mm f4/6.3 DG EX Apo HSM
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/10 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-23 9:49
Viewed: 2733
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one from the late summer . I like the way this Chaffinch was sitting on the old tree branch. It looked very comfortable and stayed still for a long time.

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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Hi Nick,
A lovely capture of this beautiful chaffinch. Excellent blurred BG. Sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-23 10:18]

Hello Nicholas,
What a nice shot of that bird , the details in the plumage is excellent and the colors are also very nice.POV an BG blur and colors are also excellent.I also like the eye of that bird it is a very well in focus image.
Best regards Siggi

Beautiful colors, and very sharp. Love the background too. Good shot.

Hi Nicholas,
technically perfect shot of this chaffinch.
Colors are very beautiful and natural.
I like the composition an POV very much.
TFS Tatjana

Hello Nick,
It's a good image. Beautiful bird. Pose is fine. Catch light in its eye.
Nicely done background, etc.
You probably tried to achieve as much as possible depth of field through that very small aperture. As a consequence the shutter speed isn't exactly short and I'm not sure but you compensated this a bit through sharpening?
However I don't know whether that's a plausible theory 'cause I can't see any halo around the bird which is very good.
Maybe it's just a screen issue;-)
Thanks for sharing this portrait.
Have a nice weekend!

Hi Nick,
Very good capture of Chaffinch; great POV and composition, sharp fine details, good eye contact, excellent lighting and colours.

Hi Nick,
very beautiful picture of this Chaffinch taken from an excellent POV; i like the graceful pose in a very nice composition; the sharpness is outstanding; wonderful colours and very good OOF BG.
TFS. Good week end.

Great BG smooth, colors , details, sharpness, light
No need to read your name, it's a nglen at first glance !
Bravo nick

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-23 12:14]

Hi Nick!

Another very fine capture to your big collection of small birds. As always perfect details/colours/BG. Interesting pose. I saw this specie last times, even took few photos, but from long distance.

hello Nick
Beautiful picture
good colours and sharpness
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-23 12:20]

Hello Nick,
Just a Chaffinch, but one of the better ones. The POV is really perfect. All the beautiful colours are visible and so clear. The sharpness and details are superb. The contrasts against the very beautiful OOF BG, the DOF and composition are all fantastic.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-23 12:28]

Does indeed look like a nice place to sit and rest. Fantastic details from the old Sigma and a very nice background from a well chosen POV..lovely stuff.

what a beautiful capture !
fine details and good sharp , wonderful colours and perfect contrast ,

The tree branch looks as though it has had water weathering to it...a bit like surf wood...so rounded and not rotted....makes a great perch for your bird Nick...Up to your par for sure .

Ciao Nick, how much birds from you:), also this one is fantastic with fine details and splendid sharpness, wonderful colors, superb capture, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-23 14:34]

Hi Nick,

This little Chaffinch seems to fit right into the branch. I thinking he's looking at you and saying, "This is mine." The colors are beautiful and look a bit different than in some other shots. The eye is fantastic and details are wonderful. A lovely background and, as usual, a marvelous composition.


hello Nicholas

very beautiful photography of the Male Chaffinch,
shot with fine POV and framing, very beautiful luminosity
and colour tones, f/18.0 and 1/10 seconds, WOW !
i would never can do that with my camera,
great sharpness and details, excellent eye-contact
and the catch-light render the photo more beautiful, TFS


Hi Nick,
Very excellent picture of this Chaffinch with a great POV, very good BG.
TFS and best regards.

Hello Nicholas,
Wonderful capture of this male Chaffinch, excellent composition and pov, superb sharpness, clarity,
depth of field and details, beautiful saturated colors,
lovely catchlight and nice oof background.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-01-23 20:42]

Hello Nick,
This is a very beautiful Chaffinch. Very nice colors and details, the DOF and the composition are superb, great notes too..
Well done


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-24 0:20]

Hola amigo,
stunning capture
beautiful colors and bg.
pov and wonderful focus

Hello Nick,
a very nice picture of the Chaffinch, The pose on the branch is really nice. Well composed with good sharpness and fine details.
And the bird stand out well from the BG too.
I don't know about the white balance, for me it looks like a weak yellow cast over the picture but since nobody else mention it, it must be me. Nevertheless it's a nice picture.
Well done, mf.

Como siempre un placer observar las capturas del "pajarero" oficial de treknature :-)
Bello trabajo con excelente encuadre. Luz algo pasada en la cabeza pero es pecata minuta comparado con el conjunto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-24 4:05]

Hello Nick,
This is a lovely and sharp capture of the Chaffinch whosing its beautiful markings and colours very clearly. I like its pose and the contrasting smooth background.
TFS and have a nice weekend! Ulla

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-01-24 4:53]

Ni Nicholas,

Once again a nice capture from your summer archives,well captured in a nice surrounding,well composed,although I am a bit surprised with the exposuretime and the aperture you used,tfs


Hi Nick,

A lovely capture of this beautiful chaffinch. The eyecontact is amazing. They keep you in the eye.
Excellent blurred BG.
I found the comment by Patrick (yquem46) or applicable (: "No need to read your name, it's a nglen at first glance"

Well done. kind regards and TFS BOB

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-24 8:36]

Nicholas, superb shot with lovely clarity. Ganesh

Hi Nicholas, superb capture. Excellent DOF, sharpness & details. Nice BG and colors of the bird. Well done. Regards - Adil.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-24 11:31]

Hi Nicholas,
Another great capture.I liked sharpness,blurred BG,colors and eye contact a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-25 0:52]

Hello Nick,
A fine capture of a male Chaffinch taken from a great POV with its head turned slightly to show its features to the best effect with excellent sharpness.
I see that he has just begun to moult into breeding plumage, the top of the head beginning to acquire the steel blue colour.
Best wishes,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-26 23:04]

Hello Nick,
Very nice shot.
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

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