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    Goldfinches

    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.

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    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.
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    Re: Goldfinches

    Nice one. doesn't look bad with the amount of crop either
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    Re: Goldfinches

    I like the birds Gembobs but the pink thing has to go! Can you get a different angle on the feeders so that you can't see the swing?
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    Re: Goldfinches

    I agree Ffion! I should have stood at the other side of the 2.5m wide window where the fully glazed door is, but my camera was on this side and in the past they flew away as soon as I got close enough to the window to get a photo, so I took the photos without moving. I'm hoping they keep returning this year now and get braver so I can get some better shots of them.

    Thanks Gerry.

    Here's the original shot (sooc, converted in DPP) so you can see the amount of crop.

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    Re: Goldfinches

    The swing is fine... it looks if you need to move the bird feeders a tad so you miss the swing.
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    Re: Goldfinches

    I like the cropped version too Gem. Shame about the swing. You could probably clone out the smaller bit of pink on the far right. Cropping might get close to the bird's tail. You have done well to get 2 Goldfinches at the same time, the most I have ever seen is 1 on it's own, and not very often at that.
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    Re: Goldfinches

    Thanks for the comments everyone. When I've seen the goldfinches in my garden they have always been in pairs. But, like you say Graham, only one at a time has fed while the other remained in one of the trees or shrubs. I haven't seen them since, though I haven't spent as much time in the house in the last few days.

    Unfortunately the layout of my garden means I can't really move the swing or the feeders into better locations, but I can stand / sit on the other side of the dining room and get a cleaner background from the feeder. Next time they visit, I'll hopefully have a bit more time to make sure I have a better background than the grab shot I took the other day
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    Re: Goldfinches

    Lovely birds !
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