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House Finch

House Finch
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Copyright: Kevin Ross (kross1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D300 DSLR, TAMRON 70-200mm f2.8 Di LD (IF)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-05 15:55
Viewed: 1521
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this pic a few days ago at a local park. This is a little House Finch that shared the feeder with about 30 other birds this day. I had no idea how quick these birds can be until I tried to take these pics. I really liked the colors on these House Finches. As we are still waiting on the arrival of Spring these colorful birds really stood out.

For this shot my camera was mounted to my tripod. I used my Tamron 70-200mm lens at a full 200mm. I set the SS to 1/500, aperture to f5.6 and ISO to 160. In PP I decreased contrast and sharpness in BG to let the bird stand out a little more, I increased vibrance and contrast slightly in the bird. I adjusted levels to my liking and added some vignette. Lastly I resized and sharpened. I'm just learning to shoot these birds so any feedback is much appreciated.

Have a great day,

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Hi Kevin,
Beautiful house finch well taken here,
Excellent details and sharp composition,
beautiful tone of colors and light,
Nice pose of the bird too,

Hi Kevin,I think this is a very successful shot.The colors are wonderfully natural and harmonious.The picture has a spring like atmosphere and is well balanced.The Finch looks great.Greetings Otto.

I love the color of this finch and nicely captured pose. Great pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

Muito belo...

  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-04-05 22:12]

Fantastic shot Kevin. The lighting, color and sharp detail is wonderful. Great pose of your beautiful subject. Really a great job! TFS, Lori

  • Great 
  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-05 22:33]

Hi Kevin,
Fantastic colors on this smart bird posing for you in such a wonderful manner.
Quite a sharp capture and a splendid composition.
Good lighting and a nice blurred BG to isolate the bird completely.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Kevin,

This is such a beauty with great sharpness and perfect focus!

Great color contrast and well chosen POV for the work. The blurry BG provides an ideal contrast to this colorful bird.

Well done!


Fantastic shot Kevin! WOW! Excellent detail and I love the BG in this! Excellent DOF! I wish I could get shots like this! But I have too many cats in my yard! haha! I probably need to go to a sanctuary! This is super nice!

Hello Kevin,

I really like this.
It brings back memories of Chinese silk pictures.
You have a lovely sharp exposure, capturing the plummage and the features really well. Even the dappled, angled twig looks great in the context.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

  • Great 
  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2011-04-07 5:27]

Hi Kevin,

Well composed, excellent soft tone and very lovely bird with colorful body! The whole is harmonized well by good composition and excellent color balance, so it keeps a good balance for twig to which Finch is sitting and trunk of tree on the left side. It is a gentle photograph with atmosphere that seems to be the season of spring though it's better to apply the focus a liitle more to the bird as a personal favor.


Hi Keven
Your presentation is very nice
beautiful little bird with fantastic colors and details
perfect light,my compliments

  • Great 
  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-04-14 13:38]

Hi Kevin,

A wonderful action shot, very beautiful composition with the bird and the branch.
Nice sharpness beautiful and very good detail of its plumage, it reminds me a little to the Linnet in Europe. Same plumage color,
thank you for sharing with us.
my best regards.

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