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    Image captured from a hide in my back garden as the Goldfinch flew toward the feeder.

    Model Name : OM-1, 150-400TC
    Focal Length (35 mm conversion) : 483.0mm
    ISO : 800
    Exposure compensation : -0.3 EV
    Exposure mode : Manual exposure
    Shutter : 1/4000 sec
    Aperture : F4.5
    Flash : OFF

    ACR/PSCC

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    Hi Jon, the colour palette works, even to the point of the the colour of the old apple branch (?). Like the inverted wing tips and you do get the sense of 'Take-Off'.

    Just throwing this into the mix, all the colours are 'balanced' in terms of Hues/Saturation, so to add a bit more separation, how about having a light backdrop and loose the tip of the branch. Nothing radical, just a suggestion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    Hi Jon, the colour palette works, even to the point of the the colour of the old apple branch (?). Like the inverted wing tips and you do get the sense of 'Take-Off'.

    Just throwing this into the mix, all the colours are 'balanced' in terms of Hues/Saturation, so to add a bit more separation, how about having a light backdrop and loose the tip of the branch. Nothing radical, just a suggestion...

    TFS
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    Thanks Steve, yes I have been playing around with background/foreground differentiation, maybe next post .

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    So what did you do here???
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    Hi Jon .. this is a lot better , compared to the Tit shot .
    All coming nicely together , well done .
    The wings are looking good in shape / form .

    Color and tones looking nice

    TFS Andreas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Kaluski View Post
    So what did you do here???
    Very little I think it's all about the ambient light.

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    Jonathan, to get this photo not only depicts great skill and timing by the man with the gear, it also says something about the gear! Many times, lift off shots coming at the camera don't hold focus so good going there!

    Nice and clean backdrop compliments a colorful subject well. The character on the branch helps beat the dead twig look.

    A more early morning/late day light could have helped a touch but a pleasing take off frame all around. PS - I do like the rich colors in your OP versus the 'lifted' contrast one

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    Thank you Brian, pleased you like it.

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    This is such a lovely frame, Jon. Love the take-off pose from the bird, head angle is great, very nice wing position. Superb colours and neat background, great composition.

    Well processed with good detail and sharpness, truly enjoyed viewing

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    Gabriela Plesea

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    Thanks Gabriela, this sort of image is very easy to get, I am getting to grips now with the colour separation that Steve referred to, the penny has dropped, at last I think! I will be posting a humble House sparrow.......

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    I do not see much of a difference in the two photos; they are both quite excellent.

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