David Terao  

Goldfinch on a Purpletop Vervain by David Terao

August 2022 - Goldfinch on a Purpletop Vervain

August 2022 - David Terao


About the Image(s)

This image was taken at the Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland last month. I've been trying my hand at some bird photography lately and slowly learning the ropes. The goldfinches are very skittish and fast moving. I was lucky to get close enough to this one while it was eating the seeds from a purpletop vervain flower. I used an OM System OM-1 camera with a 300mm lens and a 1.4x tele-converter (840mm equivalent). Exposure was 1/250 sec @ f/5.6 and ISO 1600. For post-processing, I cloned out the stray flower in the lower center and adjusted the tones in Lightroom. I also used Topaz Labs' DeNoise AI to eliminate the noise.

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16 comments posted

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
Beautiful clear image of the Goldfinch, the eye is pin sharp and the colours of the bird and the flowers contrast well. I also like the fact that the background is diffused but that you can identify that it is in a garden. It is interesting that Goldfinches in UK are very different to this bird, they are much more multi-coloured.   Posted: 08/04/2022 16:00:32
David Terao   David Terao
That is quite interesting about European goldfinches being so colorful. I googled European goldfinch to see pictures of them. Of course, the bright yellow American goldfinches are male. The female goldfinches are a drab brown.   Posted: 08/04/2022 17:17:54
Robert Knight   Robert Knight
This is a picture of a UK Goldfinch taken on our bird feeder in the garden.   Posted: 08/05/2022 03:48:28
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David Terao   David Terao
Nice shot!   Posted: 08/05/2022 06:16:02

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
I like the contrast between bird and flowers. Also, the background/bokeh.   Posted: 08/11/2022 19:37:16
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Ray. I agree. With the dark background blurred in a monochromatic color, the bird just pops out in the image.   Posted: 08/12/2022 06:07:45

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
beautiful capture and final image, won't change anything on this.
Sometime would just marvel on nature's creation, such lovely match of compliment colors. I mean that AGF love thistle seeds, yellow and purple-like. Although I look it up that vervain is not native here, hope it's not aggressive like others.   Posted: 08/11/2022 21:09:28
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Charlie. Even though I'm just getting started photographing birds, I'm learning to appreciate the many varieties with all their wonderful colors, mannerisms and distinctive features...not to mention the unique challenges that come with trying to get a decent image.   Posted: 08/12/2022 06:12:41

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
what a perfect nature shot. Everything is handled wonderfully - the sharpness, composition, blurred background and even a catch-light in the bird's eye. Well done and a winner for sure!   Posted: 08/13/2022 10:39:07
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Cindy. I was fortunate to get close enough for this shot. I've learned not to stand up while photographing the bird as they'll take off right away. Instead, I have to crouch and waddle like a duck.   Posted: 08/13/2022 12:46:44
Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Not sure I could get back up if I did that!   Posted: 08/16/2022 20:38:13

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Such as nice capture of the Goldfinch. The colors are very true, and there is a nice bokeh in the background. Plus, you captured the bird as he was feeding but you can still see the eye clearly. Well done!   Posted: 08/17/2022 13:27:55
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you, Phyllis. I still have a lot to learn about photographing birds. Fortunately, I enjoy the learning process.   Posted: 08/17/2022 13:35:53

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 24 & 48)
Great shot!   Posted: 08/20/2022 08:58:00
David Terao   David Terao
Thank you for stopping by and commenting!   Posted: 08/20/2022 09:11:50

Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
Very beautiful composition of the bird and the flower. Especially the moment caught the bird's beak approaching the flower. I also like the contrast of the subject and the blurred background.   Posted: 08/31/2022 03:35:08