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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-21 2:37
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Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Latin name: Carduelis carduelis

Size: Approximately 12 to 13cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Less frequent in the north of Scotland.

Months seen: Mostly March to November.

Habitat: Woods, parks, farms and gardens.

Food: Seeds, especially thistles, teasel and knapweed. Will also come to garden bird feeders.

Special features: The most distinguishing feature of the goldfinch is its bright red face. The wings are black with a wide yellow band. The breast and rump are white and the back is pale brown. The tail is black with white patches.

The above obtained from http://www.uksafari.com/goldfinches.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 4:17 p.m.
Date: 6th May 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/400
F-Stop: F/7.1
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

Watershed, uleko, SelenE, vanderschelden, Tamrock, Adanac, scottevers7, marjan, star74, Alex99, garyfudge, nainnain, marhowie, livios, jeanpaul, sgo has marked this note useful
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Hi Pam,
Strong image with great light. Love the eye level POV. Top camera work and PP.

Hi Pam,
a very good picture of this beautiful bird.
The sharpness and exposure are spot on.
Lovely colours and light. The shallow DOF manke the bird standout well from the BG.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Pam,
Another wonderfull shot! I really like the colours and the great details of this caputre. Excellent composition and POV. Very well done Pam and TFS. Have a nice day.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-21 4:26]

Hello Pam,
Superb shot of this beautiful Goldfinch! Very sharp details of head and plumage. Lovely light and colours too. I like his pose and the background makes him stand out very nicely.
Excellent composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hey Pam, we have the same bird here in Europe!
nice shot, detailed and colorfull.
Excellent spark on the eye.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2007-02-21 4:59]

This is a great capture Pam. Lovely colors and the OOF BG is to die for. Very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-21 5:25]

Hi Pam,
Beautiful capture of the goldfinch. Colors, lighting,eye contact with the bird, composition and the plumage details are very good. TFS

Hi Pam,
I love these goldfinches and you captured is so wonderful with a perfect glance in the red feathers. They are so rare in my area, I had the great luck to see one last year.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pam,
Good image.
A lot of light at your disposal in Auckland; very good for you.

hi pam!
great picture on this very
beautiful bird!
really sharp with fine
pov and dof
good work!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-21 6:32]

Hello Pam,
Your usual great camera work shows off this stunning bird, thanks for sharing.

Hi there Pam,

Good stuff! The bird is fantastically detailed and the background is smooth and silky, looks like some good PP work there. Subject well lit and great low POV.

Well done

Hi Pam,
An excellent shot on this Goldfinch. Great quality light and a spot on exposure. The colors and detail in the plumage look really great. Well seperated from a nice OOF backround. Well done my friend. Nice work!

Hola Pam
Precioso retrato de este jilguero, en el sur de España (Spain) se les conoce con el nombre común de "colorines", logicamente debido a la cantidad de colores que tienen.
Un saludo y lo dicho gran foto.

hi Pam, very nice shot, strong colours adn good Info.

Beautiful bird captured with great details and colours.

Hi Pam,
Beautiful capture of this bird.
Nice point of view and colors.
Well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-21 8:56]

Hi Pam.
Once more brilliant picture. I like goldfinch so much. This bird is one of the most my favorite birds. You have pictured and presented its image by the best way. BRAVO. Everything at this shot is the best: diagonal composition, richness and clearness of the paints, exactness of the lines and shapes, precisely selected DOF (BG is simply charm), etc, etc. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-21 10:31]

Hello Pam
Wonderful picture with excellent sharpness, DOF, colors and composition. A really beautiful bird, and very beautiful presentation.
My compliments and TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-21 11:10]

Hi Pam,

Beautiful capture of the goldfinch. The colors and details are amazing. Looks nothing like the ones we have here in Arizona.



A lovely capture of this Goldfinch.

Beautifully composed.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-21 12:31]

Hi Pam,
Wonderful shot of this goldfinch. Vivid colours and sharp details make it stand out. Great DOF and POV too. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

bonsoir PAM
nous n' avons pas la chance d' avoir de jolies oiseaux comme cela chez nous !!!
cette prise est superbe, excellents détails
bravo, merci et amitiès

Excellent shot Pam, In every way ( I like to say that). If we are on the path that leads to the holy grail of sharpness, then I must give you a 9 out of 10..Sorry.
"That I shall say good night till it be morrow."
Very well done..and don't you forget it :)

Excellent shot Pam. Very well done. Excuse in shortness. TFS. Stev

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-22 17:14]

Pam, this is cute and beautiful.

Great soft bg and excellent composition. I enjoy catchlight too. Besides, great sharpness.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-22 23:50]

Wow, so beautiful, Pam.
This does not look anything like the "goldfinches" that we have here.
This little guy is so colorful, and you have captured him in a perfect POV.
Excellent details and light that brought out the iridescence on the red face.
TFS. : )

Hi Pam
Bonne prise de vue avec un bel éclairage. Les couleurs et la pose de l'oiseau sont parfaits. Félicitations et bonne journée.
Merci et au revoir...JP
Les sourirews demain

bonjour Pam,

superbe couleur et netteté un cadrage impecable une très très belle image bravo


Beautiful capture Pam. This bird is absolutely beautiful and you captured it so perfectly. :)

Hi Pam, wonderful bird with great colors and lovely details, splendid light very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2007-03-05 1:22]

Hi Pam,
A lovely, very memorable picture of the golden finch who always seems so exotic when we get to see him up here in our climes! With shimmering natural colours, "texture" and details so authentic that one can almost feel the breeze that whiffles his feathers - a very winning composition! Thank you very much,

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2007-04-13 13:07]

Great colours, sharpness on this finch - super!


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