We've been getting a pair of goldfinches coming to our feeders on and off last year and I'm really happy they have returned again this year. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get shots of them as they are very skittish with movement by the window in the house. But today I managed a few grab shots.
This is quite a large crop in the region of 50% or so. I zoomed to 50% in GIMP on my laptop screen, then cropped what I saw.
5D mk III, Tamron 70-200 @ 169mm, f5.6, 1/160, ISO 2000. Spot metered from the central focus point which was closer to the second of the two birds on the sunflower heart seeds.
I increased the exposure by 0.2 in DPP, then cropped (massively), boosted contrast and saturation and applied USM in GIMP. Sorry about the pink swing frame in the background; my eldest refused to have the dark blue and green one which would have looked slightly better in the garden. Kids never think about how nice things look!
What do you think?
Thanks for looking, Gem.