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Goldfinch - 2

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 5 January 2011 in Animal & Insect.

I'm doing more experiments with my 2x converter. So sorry if this is a bird you've already seen, but I wanted to see how much quality I could squeeze out of the combo.

Canon EOS 7D 1/250 second F/13.0 ISO 3200 1000 mm

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

This guy has brilliant feathers!

5 Jan 2011 5:04am

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

I shoot with a 2x on my 300 2,8 Canon Lens almost permanently when in a game reserve or doing birds and I still very seldom go higher than 400 ISO and get great quality. On a beanbag or tripod most of the time though.

5 Jan 2011 5:34am

@Loretta: The problem I've got, particularly at this time of year, is lack of light, hence the high ISO. I'm thinking of getting the combo that you are talking about as the extra light gathering power of the 2.8 would give me a couple of extra stops, so I could reduce the ISO.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great result! Colours and texture of the feathers are clear and crisp.

5 Jan 2011 6:17am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

I didn't realise you were using a converter for these images - a new xmas pressie. I think you are getting great use out of the new toy!

5 Jan 2011 6:57am

rem_la from Villiers, France

il est " chou " avec sa tete rouge !

5 Jan 2011 7:05am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Only remember seeing one of these once or twice on the farm. So very beautiful.

5 Jan 2011 7:11am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Fantastic. And a beautiful bokeh.

5 Jan 2011 7:26am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful bird, beautifully photographed!

5 Jan 2011 8:02am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful experiment....Perfect colors...

5 Jan 2011 8:06am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Like the texture and colour.. well done.

5 Jan 2011 8:55am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

The bird is great photographed, but I don't like the noise !! ;-(

5 Jan 2011 9:01am

@mayoline: Neither do I. But that's part of the experiment....

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Absolute stunning work!! Very beautiful colors.

5 Jan 2011 9:02am

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

Oh so cute and what close up really great.))))))

5 Jan 2011 9:43am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

très jolis couleurs ! peace !

5 Jan 2011 10:01am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

as my dear old Dad used to say, "a blind man would be very happy with this",..... but no cigar.....also for me it's much too big in the frame.

5 Jan 2011 10:15am

@CATCHLIGHT: Gotta say I'm not overjoyed with it....

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un très bel oiseau en vérité. pour le bruit, qui est très présent, effectivement tu dois pouvoir le réduire.
ne sachant pas dans quelles conditions tu as pris ton cliché ( luminosité, distance, sous abri...etc), je ne n'avancerai pas de conseils. mais je trouve que cela donne sur cette image un petit coté crayon de couleur que j'aime bien !!:)

5 Jan 2011 10:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's terrific. Beautiful colour

5 Jan 2011 10:49am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Very clear considering.

5 Jan 2011 10:53am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

If you can get rid of the noise, it's perfect! Beautiful colored bird!

5 Jan 2011 11:17am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

He´s a little riot of colour !! Nice shot.

5 Jan 2011 11:23am

sim from k, Iran

bye bye birdy

5 Jan 2011 11:46am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful bird and wonderful colours. Great shot :)

5 Jan 2011 11:52am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The bird is great, the background has a fair amount of noise because of the high iso speed. You'll be looking forward to the days when the light is so much better and brighter.

5 Jan 2011 12:09pm

k@ from Paris, France

Lovely face & colors.

5 Jan 2011 12:19pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

This is a beautiful bird! I guess he was near the teasel, you captured once..?;-)
Since you are experimenting I won't mention anything about the unwanted artefacts (perhaps denoiseware would help, during the not so very bright season?;-))

5 Jan 2011 12:34pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

WOW !!!

5 Jan 2011 12:41pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I would love to see this original image and compare with this .... Get a link to this one, please ;)

5 Jan 2011 1:05pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Beautiful bird for an excellent shot!

5 Jan 2011 1:16pm

don from spokane, Afghanistan

This is a beautiful finch with such distinctive colors and patterns. I think your combo did a fine job of getting the color and detail of this pretty bird.

5 Jan 2011 1:24pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous close-up

5 Jan 2011 1:41pm

Didier from Tubize, Belgium

It's ready to sing! I love that bird with its smooth feathers.
1000 mm... impressive, but great caprure!
Have a nice day, Chris.

5 Jan 2011 1:44pm

salva from burgos, Spain

Beautiful bird! excellent composition.

5 Jan 2011 1:58pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Colourful bird..

5 Jan 2011 2:13pm

myky from London, Canada

I hadn't seen this bird before...what a gorgeous mask on his face...not at all like our Canadian goldfinches.
I am always interested in the reults of your photo experiments...always something to learn!

5 Jan 2011 3:10pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lovely goldfinch bird, its colors are very beautiful and your close up is splendid. Good day.

5 Jan 2011 3:17pm

Arash from Arak, Iran

Fantastic shot.

5 Jan 2011 3:38pm

marci from in, Morocco

what a beautiful red face!

5 Jan 2011 4:00pm

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Une magnifique prise de vue animalière, un joli "trophée", félicitations pour ce travail !!!
Bonne semaine

5 Jan 2011 4:23pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Lovely goldfinch bird friend! Best regards, Adela

5 Jan 2011 4:53pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A nice photo – unfortunately, are high the ISO and thus it rushes a little bit.

5 Jan 2011 5:54pm

David from Avranches, France

He must have heard you call his name.

5 Jan 2011 6:56pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

hi mr. goldfinch! i like your colours so much that i don't even mind the noise so much ... ;-))

5 Jan 2011 7:02pm

Mary from PA, United States

We all learn from experimenting Chris. And yes these dark dreary days are depressing. we have finally had some nice sunny days here thankfully. I always keep not so good shot until i get a better one, especially If its the first time I've seen a particular bird. Very pretty bird.

5 Jan 2011 7:40pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

I think you've shot sharper?

5 Jan 2011 7:55pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

great close up!!

5 Jan 2011 8:10pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

he's a lovely colour, good old british dull days makes it such hard work

5 Jan 2011 8:16pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

3200/1000,can it be much higher! great effect!

5 Jan 2011 8:30pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

De beaux coloris pour le plumage de ce superbe oiseau ... félicitations pour ce magnifique cliché

5 Jan 2011 10:07pm

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

The texture in it's feathers and the background make a great and very interesting contrast ^^

5 Jan 2011 11:21pm

Anne J. from Figtree, Australia

So lovely we don't often see birds like this here.

6 Jan 2011 12:21am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Very successful with the high ISO - well done.

6 Jan 2011 8:49am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Stunning image - the high ISO has introduced a bit of noise but it doesn't detract from the end result. Well done.

6 Jan 2011 6:27pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is a handsome bird. Do you lose AF with the 2X?

7 Jan 2011 1:34am

@Julie Brown: Yep, it's all manual focus down a very dark viewfinder. Tricky! I believe that if I had canon converters on a canon L lens, everything would be good. But a Sigma lens, sigma converter, Canon body doesn't work fully.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Yes, the L lenses are great performers, and the matching converters do make a difference. My favorite is one of Canon's best-the 300mm f2.8L IS, which I rent and put my 2X on it for 600mm.

7 Jan 2011 10:29am

Canon EOS 7D
1/250 second
ISO 3200
1000 mm