Purple Finch (Female)

September 16, 2012
Purple Finch (Female)

1/1000sec @ f/7.1
420mm, ISO400, 0ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D3s, AF-S 300mm f/4, AF-S TC-14EII

Let’s get the improvements out the way first. Perch is pretty dull. It would have been ideal if the finch would look about 4 degrees down and towards me. I think that is it. Phew… the list is usually much longer than that. I think this shot might have hit most of the technical nails on the head. I am very happy with sharpness, DOF, colour, framing, and the fact this is my first shot of a Female Purple Finch.

The shot is very close to being a full frame crop i.e. almost no crop. It is very close to being straight from camera excluding curves, levels, sharpness and some saturation adjustments. The DOF is as good as I will get without shooting two dimensional subjects. The background is textured but not distracting. The feathers have definition where they should. The lighting is great, with no harsh shadows and a soft hint of yellow from the late afternoon sun. The angle of the shot is slightly inclined where ideally I would have liked to be on a level; however, overall I am very happy with it.