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That's why they're called Purple Finches.
Lens: quantaray 70-300 Camera: k20d Photo Location: Saugus Ma. ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: charliezap, 04-27-2010, 01:57 PM


Go figure. When I purposely set up with tripod and wait for the birds to show up they don't. This guy showed up while I was looking out the bedroom window and stayed long enough to get this "hand held shot" with my cheapy quantaray.The pics that Heinrich took and posted with the "bigma" were really great.I still plan on getting the new"bigma" for Pentax if the reviews and pictures are what i hope they will be.--charliezap. ps-the shot of the finch was taken from 30ft and tightly cropped.The k20 does a good job of keeping it all together.
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It's too bad that these beautiful birds are so common, but it's also good to look at images like this to get us to really see them again. I have just gotten a Sigma 150-500mm and I'll be posting soon, but so far I love it. I'm a birder too, and there seems to be a whole set of rules for the people who take this very seriously. One nugget that I have come across is that you should get rid of the "whitewash" whenever possible. If you don't, the bird photography police might pay you a visit! I like the black bg for such a striking bird, good job.
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Nice job, Cpt.

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The Purple Finches have become rare in my area of the country. The House Finch has taken over their territory so it was a treat to see a pic of one. One birding book I read described them as looking like they have been held up by their feet and dipped in grape juice. I always thought that was an accurate description. This is a nice shot especially under not so ideal circumstances.

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QuoteOriginally posted by swglera Quote
It's too bad that these beautiful birds are so common, but it's also good to look at images like this to get us to really see them again. I have just gotten a Sigma 150-500mm and I'll be posting soon, but so far I love it. I'm a birder too, and there seems to be a whole set of rules for the people who take this very seriously. One nugget that I have come across is that you should get rid of the "whitewash" whenever possible. If you don't, the bird photography police might pay you a visit! I like the black bg for such a striking bird, good job.
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Nice job, Cpt.

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The Purple Finches have become rare in my area of the country. The House Finch has taken over their territory so it was a treat to see a pic of one. One birding book I read described them as looking like they have been held up by their feet and dipped in grape juice. I always thought that was an accurate description. This is a nice shot especially under not so ideal circumstances.
Thanks for the comments--One interesting aspect of the photo that i just noticed
is that the depth of field goes from side to side instead of the traditional in and out.The explanation is when i took this photo the finch was 30ft away to my left and the angle was 30deg out.The railing was going away from me but the finch was mostly perpendicular to the camera.--charliezap
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Charlie, that is a very nice image of a bird that is very rarely seen around here. Thanks for posting it.
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Charlie, that is a very nice image of a bird that is very rarely seen around here. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks Heinrich--I was very much impressed with your shots taken with the bigma.I'm definitely going to get one if the new reviews for pentax are favorable--charliezap

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