Geoffrey Wiggins  

Blue Finch by Geoffrey Wiggins

October 2020 - Blue Finch

About the Image(s)

Blue Finch taken at Kangaroo Island, an island recently devastated buy bushfires. Hand held and cropped.
1/320 sec f5.6 500mm ISO 200. I know it is sitting on a post, I hope that is OK for nature +, If not I can substitute another such pic.

9 comments posted

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Works for me; I don't think we are nature purists when it comes to the hand of man. To me the background is a bit too bright; I might use a vignette to darken the background and focus the eye on the subject.   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:14:27

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I also cropped a bit and did some selective darkening of the background -- maybe too much?   Posted: 10/04/2020 14:20:39
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
I love your bird, and so sad about the fires. Can you do anything to bring out his eye detail? The rest of him is super sharp and gorgeous. I like your bokeh blurred background, but I agree with Dean that you would need to very lightly take done the right side so our eye doesn't take off the page. Love this!   Posted: 10/05/2020 18:31:58

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Feather texture, color and lighting on this Finch is superb and yet my eye goes directly to the clear eye of the bird. Background is clean and unobtrusive. I like the idea of adding a vignette as Dean suggests, but I find his vignette a bit too strong.   Posted: 10/13/2020 11:09:07

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
I Greoffrey,
I agree with all the above comments. I am curious about his eye. Is this a reflection of his cheek on the lower portion of his eye? I would tone down, if not over exposed, the top if it's head and neck.
Beautiful bird. So sad about all the fires.   Posted: 10/16/2020 08:06:30
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Pierre thanks for the comment. I have done little to the pic other than crop. You are right the colour in the eye is a reflection of the blue in its cheek. Lighting was not the best, very cloudy day.   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:50:23

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Geoffrey, so sorry about the terrible fires and loss of wildlife. The bird is beautiful and has good detail. I would try to remove some of the blue in the lower part of the eye. It is distracting. Maybe you could bring back the detail on the top of the head and neck. It appears to be over exposed. I agree that the background is too bright, however it is beautifully blurred. A crop would help.   Posted: 10/17/2020 20:45:37
Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Thanks Candy for your constructive comments, greatly appreciated.   Posted: 10/18/2020 01:35:15

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I agree that a soft vignette would be a nice touch. Something subtle could be interesting. The colors in the eye are very nice and the shot is very nice. I also agree that cropping the photo might improve the picture. But besides that I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 10/19/2020 13:23:00


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