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Copyright: Derek Fisher (Derona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-20
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D80, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Garden Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-20 14:30
Viewed: 1912
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken in my garden today, a common Chaffinch. Being the commonest finch in the UK it is sometimes easy to overlook its beauty despite the male possibly having more colours in its plumage than any other British bird.

For more info, RSPB Chaffinch

Using Paint Shop Pro
Cropped the image.
Brightened shadows slightly.
Added a border.

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hi derek.
a lovely capture.
i agree, a most under rated british bird.
one sat on my fence today singing to me. of course, my camera was in the house.
good compo and frame

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2008-05-20 15:15]
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Hello, Derek.

An excellent photograph! Lovely colours and sharpness and perfect exposure.

I really admire people who can take pictures of these lovely creatures - I like trees and bridges and things that don't move or fly away too quickly. Birds are too quick for me but I'd love to have a go.

I have set up a little bird feeder in the back garden in the hope that I might get some pictures, but not much luck so far. What sort of set-up do you use? Do you use a tripod and some sort of hide? (I suppose you must have used a tripod with an exposure of 1/80 sec at a focal length of 300mm., though I see that you are using a stabilised [VR] lens.) Was this picture cropped quite a lot or not?

Excellent, Derek!

Kind Regards,


Hello Derek,
Great capture of this colorsful bird, excellent
sharpness and depth of field, the green grass makes
a lovely background, beautiful colors and famtastic
details, nice pose.

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-05-20 19:29]
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this little one really beautiful, love the details and colours. green field add some fresh colours to the pose. tfs, Derek

A wonderful capture with very good detail and composition. I like the P.O.V. for this shot. You must have been practically laying on the ground for this one. Well done.

Wow, what a beautiful bird ! I didn't know this one. The colors are wonderful.
Thank you for this photo, Derek.
Have a nice day, Michel

hi derek,

cracking picture of this wee beauty, great pov and good colours...nice detail and good lighting...nice1.


nice capture Derek well done bout time u cut your grass is it not

Derek Hi;
You have a wonderful way with birds and images, a very good talent. I really like the POV, colors, composition and framing. Very well done.

More than beautiful.

Hi Derek,
Nice shot of Mr C, good colours and details and I like the low POV, the sharpness could be slightly better but I think that is down to camera shake, at 300mm you want to try and get a shutter speed of 1/600sec or higher, I am not up on the settings of the Nikon but try Aperture Priority and open the aperture right up f/4.5, this will give you maximum light to the sesor and give you a tighter DOF, it will also raise the shutter speed, if you don't get the 1/600sec just raise the ISO. I hope this helps a little, it's a few tips that I picked up backalong when I started shooting birds.
Regards Andy

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