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Challenge: Birds III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4.0D IF-ED
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Jun 21, 2012
Aperture: f.4
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/2500
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2012

A male purple finch perched on a very hastily constructed set - I didn't get home with the props til the afternoon of the last day of the challenge. Then had to set it up, get the comp, prefocus on the teacup, bait it with black sunflower seeds and later, mealworms...then wait. And wait. And wait. And wait.

As we had a high of 40 degrees today with the humidity, I set up the camera on a tripod with a remote release. Still had to keep going outside to check the exposure and move the set as needed.

Thankfully this guy turned up and was listening to the click of the shutter activated by the remote.

pp: altered RAW, crop, straighten, minor cloning of hot areas, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, burn highlights on teapot, resize, sharpen, save for web


Thanks all for the nice comments and yes, I was partly influenced by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' vawendy, though in the past I have experimented with smaller teasets and had greater success with those than this particular setup. I think the shiny reflective nature of the old silver teapot and tray put too many species off...not even chickadees, which are usually very brazen and inquisitive, came by to take a look. Nor did the cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, bluejays or goldfinches :-/

But a both varieties of nuthatch (red-breasted and white) came by, but were oof. Then a sparrow came along and gave me a really good shot, but no catchlight and the shot was more about the set than the bird.

But then the purple finch came along and with that good strong blast of colour and him looking at the camera, I couldn't NOT use him! Better yet he came by later with his wife, though by then it was too late in the day to get anything decent of them. ah welll....

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06/29/2012 09:01:23 PM
He posed so nicely for you! Lovely color, too. Congrats on your patience!
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06/28/2012 12:56:51 PM
Good shot with the items an all.
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06/23/2012 02:55:39 PM
An interesting idea, but I feel that you haven't entirely pulled it off. The lighting, on the bird in particular is somewhat harsh with parts in deep shadow and others a little too bright. Worth experimenting more though, and I would have been delighted to have enticed a bird into my set-up.
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06/22/2012 09:18:00 PM
Purple Finch, male. I assume the bird came for the sunflower seeds and stayed for tea. Elegant props. The totally blacked out background is not my favorite thing, but it does create a dramatic presentation and throws focus to the finch. 8
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06/22/2012 04:50:00 PM
Looks like this could be a ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Vawendy creation. And if not, well done for making me think so! Gorgeous finch, great light, intriguing setup.
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06/22/2012 12:03:56 PM
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06/22/2012 08:46:54 AM
Cute setup but I find the teapot distracting - maybe if it were just the taecup it would be better.
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06/22/2012 12:36:33 AM
Very nice use of the bird's body as a leading line to bring attention to the teapot. Well composed, and the lighting is interesting, too.
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