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American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 14:23
Viewed: 3893
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I when to one of my favorite spot since that we had our first snow storm of the year (over 25cm)hoping that bird would be back to feeding area.Finally only are usual friend were there,so I had decided to show you that Goldfinch image.At this time I'm trying to practice and test some thecnique with my camera like the exposition compensation hoping to feel comfortable with it one day.
From Audubon
This familiar and common species is often call the Wild Canary.Since the bird main food is seeds ,nesting does not begin until midsummer or late summer.When other species have form pairs and are nesting.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-13 14:27]

Hola Michael,
preciosa captura,foco y bg,
buena iluminación, atractivo pose.
saludos amigo.

Hi Michael,

Graet shot of this beautiful Goldfinch
Lovely colors, Perfect POV, excellent BG
good sharpnes and light

TFS Thijs

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-13 21:50]

Hello Michel
Perfect capture taken with natural colors, great details and clear BG.

hello Michel
frugal with very good background composition and splendid output in colours and details, very good technically,a very beautiful photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Michel.
Very good capture in your picture with this little bird trying to warm up, ruffling its feathers.
Nice immage.Best regards.Alin.

great composition, TFS Ori

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-14 4:04]

Wonderful capture this little bird.
The colors and the details are great.

Ciao Michel. The best details and colours fot this bird against blurred BG. Nice pose.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-14 9:27]

Hello Michel,
Great photo of this Goldfinch. Excellent sharpness and details. Good natural colours in a very nice contrast against the darker BG. Fantastic POV with eye contact and composition.

Ciao Michel, lovely bird in nice pose against a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, superb sharpness, splendid light and 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)
  • [2009-12-14 11:09]

Hello Michel,
This is a beautiful capture of an American Goldfinch. The pose, POV, lighting and colours with the neutral Bg contribute to a superb image, the slight softness being very suitable for the fluffy plumage.
Thanks and have a good week,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-14 11:34]

Hi Michel. This is a cute looking little Goldfinch. It looks a little different from ours in England. I like the pose with the bird looking at you. Taken wit hfine detai land natural looking colours. well taken . TFS.

Hi Michel,

A superb close-up of this chunky:)beauty in a lovely pose with incredible colours, great DOF and impeccable details.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-14 12:24]

Hello Michel.
Great Photo, love colors and the detail of the birds plumage. I also like the DOF - The sharpness of the bird then the softness of the background make the image really stand out.
Best regards Siggi

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-14 14:57]

Merhaba Michel,
Çok güzel bir kompozisyon; renkler, netlik ve pozlama çok güzel olmuş.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-14 15:30]

Salut Michel,magnifique prise de vue qui a cree' une tres jolie composition,j'aime aussi la position du petit oiseau qui parait un peu curieux..ehehe...mes compliments,excellent travail,bonne journee',Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-14 16:29]

Hi Michel,

This beautiful Goldfinch is a perfect model as it poses so nicely and looks right into the camera. Colors and details of the face and plumage are excellent. The bird stands out very well from the background.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-12-14 17:52]

C'est beau et très lumineux comme photo, Michel, j'aime beaucoup aussi le petit chardonneret au bout de la branche. C'est parfait, avec un arrière-plan de velours. Merci!


Hello Michel,

An excellent capture with beautiful colors, sharpness with lovely puffed up plumage & winter pose. Great POV & setting. Very well taken, composed & presented.
TFS & regards.


Hello Michel,
a fantastic capture of the American Goldfinch taken with superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent POV, DOF and BG, very well composed
Best regards

hello Michel
i like this pose with very good light and beautiful colours with great sharpness
greeting lou

Bonjour Michel,

Belle capture de ce joli mâle Chardonneret jaune en plumage inter-nuptial. Joli fond non distrayant et belle composition. Le PDV est également idéal à mon sens. La seule chose peut-être est que je trouve que le plumage manque un peu de piqué comme si un filtre anti-bruit auraient été passé sur celui-ci... A moins qu'il ne s'agisse d'un crop important... Qu'en penses-tu?

Bye et merci pour ce beau partage :-)


PS. Merci pour ton bon commentaire sur mon 100e post :-)

hi michel!
an exellent and beautiful pic on this fine bird!
good work!

salut Michel

jolie photographie du Chardonneret jaune avec un excellent POV
à sa hauteur et j'aime cette espace libre que tu as laissé.
excellent focus netteté et détails du plumage,
le catch-light rend la photo encore plus jolie, TFS


bonjour Michel
adorable image de ce chardonneret, on dirait qu'il a son épais plumage d'hiver
les details sont superbes, j'aime bien l'expression de son visage, les couleurs douces et la composition
Passe une bonne nuit

Nos presentas otro excelente trabajo que roza la perfección por el realismo conseguido. Buena profundidad de campo y me impresiona lo bien que captaste las texturas del plumaje. La mirada del ave suma también enteros: enhorabuena por tan excelente trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-16 4:13]

Bonjour Michel,
Un peu rondelet ton chardonneret américain..il doit faire passablemement froid à le voir ainsi. Belle lumière et de fines couleurs. J'aurais éventuellement fait un cadrage un peu plus serré, mais pas trop quand même.
Bonne journée.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-16 4:32]

Hi Michel.
First, thanks you very much for warm congratulations and nice comments.
Shared by you shot is simply charming as well as pictured birdy. I like fantastic eye-contact and cute turning and pose of the bird. Exposure of the shot and reproduction of colour pattern, features and all other details of the fine creature are superb. Calm smooth BG is great for the subject. My kind regards and TS. Excellent, refined work

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-16 7:57]

Hello Michel,
WHat a beautiful and fluffy ball! Excellent capture of the Goldfinch watching you from its perch. Lovely colours and details against a nice neutral background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ooooohhh, now I know why it is called Goldfinch. Realy a golden face.
Our European Goldfinch is a "redface". But it has some yellow feathers.
Yours is beautiful, thanks for sharing, greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-17 13:43]

Bonsoir Michael,
Super capture. Beautiful détails et les couleurs.
Une classe monde macro, félicitations.
Une belle soirée,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-17 17:44]

Hola Michel.
First class photo. Beautiful pose, excellent sharpnes and BG

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-19 19:12]

Hello Michael,
You post a beautiful photo of this tiny finch. The colors are very natural and the detail is super fine!! Love the composition and blurred BG. Well done!!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-12-21 12:28]

Dear Michel!

This picture of a Goldfinch is very beautiful. I like the simple composition very much and the fine sharpness reveals great details. I also find the unity of the colour tones very pleasant. Maybe that the background is a little bit too large, but this is very personal.

Kind regards


Undoubtedly one of the best looking birds,captured brilliantly by you, Michel!
A very Happy and prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-23 15:12]

Hello Michel,
Once again I feel impelled to lavish this image with superlatives but instead I will simply say, INCREDIBLE.

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