Goldfinches in a Light Snow
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Bush of Goldfinches
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Lots of goldfinches at the feeders at my folks' place in Ohio. During the summer they're brilliant yellow (as seen in Goldfinches on a Feeder a few years ago), but they're less vibrant during the winter.

I didn't bring many lenses on this trip... I would have liked the 70-200, but I made do with the Voigtländer 125mm and some cropping. Good birding pics are very difficult and I certainly don't have the skill, but these are fine for me.

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The bush was just a staging ground for the feeders. They'd all cleared away when I stepped out, and were just now starting to return...

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Plenty of Free Parking
Twenty Five not as full as it was before, but still more than two dozen birds in this picture -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Twenty Five
not as full as it was before, but still more than two dozen birds in this picture
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I Twitched
not quite as mean as this
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All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Quite different to European goldfinches, which I have been trying to photograph here, along with other finches on the feeder. What is in these feeders — nyjer seed ?

We’ve always called it “thistle seed”, though it’s really niger seed. Mom sends her warmest regards… as do I! It’s been a while, Peter. —Jeffrey

— comment by Peter in Wales on January 2nd, 2014 at 9:46pm JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

These are seriously good images Jeff.

On the technical side, it looks like it wasn’t windy and birds weren’t on wing***, so you could have used more like ISO 500 and 1/250 handheld or ISO 100 and 1/50 on a tripod or with your elbows planted on a table. I don’t know what the snowflakes would look like at that point, but some motion blur on them might not be out of place; people’s expectation of snow is that its falling. You can also use second-curtain flash to give the snow a little motion-derived comet tail AND sharp definition, and simultaneously knock the ISO down another stop or so…

(*** and even if they were, motion blur can look v cool, as in: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200506934737400&set=a.10200506147717725.203213.1278661772&type=3&theater )

Thanks Frank. In this case I specifically wanted a faster shutter speed because I’ve done the blurry-wing thing before (such as these) and wanted to try something different, so I was in manual mode at the settings I wanted this time. The combo of the D4’s low-light prowess and Lightroom’s amazing noise reduction means that I don’t care much about the ISO up to about 6400. A flash would definitely step things up a notch, but I don’t have one with me at the moment, and even if I did, I have no confidence in how to use it so I’d leave it in the suitcase. /-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Anonymous on January 3rd, 2014 at 12:23pm JST (3 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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