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European Goldfinch III

European Goldfinch III
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-25
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Pintassilgo - Carduelis carduelis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-06 14:33
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Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At last I managed to took a full-frame picture of this little singer.
The light was not very good so I needed to use high ISO (800) but, lucky me, the 20D can make descent picture with high ISO...
The thistle behind the goldfinch was there and I prefered to leave more of this thistle, it is balancing my picture.
I know that I can clone this thistle but I am not using cloning in my pictures.
I hope you will like this picture.

Full description you can find in my former post European Goldfinch .
Another goldfinch of mine: On a thistle

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-04-06 14:40]

Hi Elroyie,

I liked the first posting already,but this one is superb,very nice composition,well done,


Hi Elroyie,
Clear details, nice colors, sharpness, POV and composition are marvelous. Well done. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-06 15:01]
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Hi Elroyie
Pleased to meet you. Over the past year, before I joined TN as a member, I have noticed the name 'Elroyie' in many a fine photo and here I am doing my first critique on one such brilliant photo. It is a great honour.
This shot definitely rates as a WOW. The simple though very impressive composition provides great impact. The colours are absolutely stunning, the DOF is perfect with excellent details, the BG is superb, and the exposure is spot-on.
Fabulous work and TFS.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-06 15:08]
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Hi Elroyie
A fantastic shot, perfect DOF and detail, excellent neutral background. Nice colours too and a nice composition, I like the second thistle on the right. Great work.


This is a great comp. Great detail, DOF and detail. TFS


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-04-06 15:37]

Hi Elroyie,

Great finch. Sharp details and wonderful colours.


Hi Elroyie,
Superb shot!!TFS.Hilmi

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-06 17:25]

Hi Elroyie,
I love this bird and you capture it as is. Technically perfect.
José M.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-06 22:08]

Beautiful shot, Elroyie.
The focus is spot on, and the light is perfect.
Gorgeous colors and wonderfull composition.
TFS. : )

HI Elroyie.
this is a beautful bird and it's on my wishlist to get a decent shot of it. It's a common bird up here but anyhow I always missed it;-(
I agree with you about the BG, no cloning.
Well composed, good POV, lovely colours and good details.
The shallow DOF is very nice.
Great work.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-04-07 0:20]

Hi Elroyie, what a bright colourfull shot with excellent sharpness. I havent seen this bird around here but of course that doesnt say to much, its definitly worth a notice according to your picture. Thanks for sharing the details of taken the shot the iso seems to be no problem.

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2006-04-07 5:47]

A very nice capture of this goldfinch. In Holland we call them "Putter" or "Distelvink". I find them very beuatiful to see, you see them often in groups very busy to thake seeds out of the flowers. Colors are beautiful and ik like the POV. Thanks.
Gr. Hans

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-04-07 10:48]

Excellent, excellent photo, if only you cold have lost the thistle on the right...

seriously it is a beautiful picture of the goldfinch, never managed one even half as good as this.


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-08 7:23]

Excellente composition!

Félicitations pour les couleurs justes et la belle lumière. Bravo pour la netteté et le bg propre.

Merci pour l'envoie Elroyie.


Hi Elroyie,
Exceptional quality at ISO 800. Perfect exposure, colors, and DOF. What a handsome bird this is!
Very well done, and have a Great Weekend my friend.

Hi Elroyie, this is a stunning shot!!! the colors, composition and DOF are perfect!!! TFS

Absolute perfection and I think the Canon handled the situation very nicely, I didnt really noticed that much noise at that high of ISO setting. TFS. :)

Super shot and one of my favourite birds. The other is the Jay. I like many of your pics..


Hi Elroyie,
This is very interesting to see the difference betwen the species. Wow, you captured this Europeen Goldfinch very good. Everything is perfect in this photo. Very sharp details, exposure, composition and DOF. Well done and thanks for Regards,

A really prefect shot. Extremely sharp, and the clors of the bird, thistles, and background compolement each other extremely well.

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  • babak Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
  • [2007-02-09 10:07]

Very nice shot well done

Hello Elroyie,

I added two photos of yours (this and another one titled "The last drop... full frame") to my favorites a long time ago with the intent to come back later and do a proper critique. Unfortunately I forgot about them and today when I reviewed my favorites I discovered your uncriticized pictures so here I am to apologize and make it up with you. I'm really sorry for what happened!

Here's my critique:

The first thing that attracted me on this picture was the wonderful and simple composition, the clean profile silhouette and the excellent separation from the background! The background must have been pretty far behind since it is so blurred even at f/8.
I think the thistle behind looks good and is necessary for the composition. If you took it out the composition would have become too centered if not cropped. I like the workshop too! As far as it concerns the high ISO setting, I had no idea about it, if it weren't for your note. The noise is barely noticeable.
Although the light was pretty high in the sky there are no harsh shadows on on the goldfinch. You did a very good job with the exposure and also captured a very nice catchlight in the subject's eyes! Overall a very good posting with a brief and useful note. Thank you for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

Hello Elroyie.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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