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Old Jul 8, 2002, 4:04 PM   #1
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Default Female American Goldfinch

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This is the best shot of my fourth trip to the local bluebird haven. I have not seen or heard a bluebird yet. Fortunately for me I am a big fan of yellow birds.

D30 w/ 300/4, stacked teleconverters, flash, monopod.

My feeling is there was too much flash here. I'm still trying to learn to control the flash.
But anyway it's sharp and there is a catchlight, so I'm improving.
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Old Jul 8, 2002, 10:35 PM   #2
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Wow, crisp photo. Sharp looking little fellow. Just curious, what type of distance was this?

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Old Jul 8, 2002, 11:24 PM   #3
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Looks great to me, Sue! I've got them at my feeders here, and have yet to get a good photo.
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Old Jul 9, 2002, 11:50 AM   #4
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Brooks--I'd have to guess the distance, at about 20 feet. This is not full-frame, more like 60% of the frame...and I use a flash extender too.
Goldfinches are pretty bold, and I got about 6 or 7 shots, not in a burst because of the flash.
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Old Jul 11, 2002, 11:16 AM   #5
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Nice goldfinch, Sue! Enviably close, and real sharp.

Bluebirds are fairly skittish, you may not be able to get this close to one. I tried this spring and couldn't! I think I may just get a 2x TC and take what I can get.

Oh, on the flash. Looks OK here to me, not "flashed" or anything. I've had great luck with -1 flash compensation as a standard setting. Works most of the time really well on a D30 if you want just a bit of light.

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Old Jul 16, 2002, 12:27 AM   #6
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It looks great to me, very sharp and detailed. My bluebirds are on their third setting of the year here in NW Arkansas
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Old Jul 16, 2002, 12:35 PM   #7
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Sue, I think it's a very nice shot of the Goldfinch. I think the lighting is fine and I love the natural setting.
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