Purple Finch (Female no.2)

November 10, 2012
Purple Finch (Female no.2)

1/1000sec @ f/7.1
420mm, ISO450, 0ev
Evaluative Metering
Nikon D3s, AF-S 300mm f/4, AF-S TC-14EII

Due to my lack of attention span I dislike spending too much time on post processing my photographs. My favourite shots are the ones I got right in-camera and spent approximately 5-10 minutes adjusting curves and sharpening in PhotoShop. This is one of those shots. Over the years I have become more competent with my photography and that has translated to less time spent in front of the computer. This shot, while not National Geographic standard, took me 5 minutes to process. It has taken me longer to write this first paragraph than it did to open PhotoShop and edit the shot. That is the way photography should be in my eyes.

While I am normally opposed to comps that remove anatomical parts of wildlife (feet in this instance), I like the way the Finch looks as though she has just popped up to take a peek at me. The OOF branch in the foreground could be considered distracting but it’s colour is so similar to the background that it blends in just enough to keep the eyes focussed on the subject. The light is coming from behind me and since the shot was taken at 6:31pm it has a nice golden quality to it. The background is blurred enough for a nice separation between it and the subject. If I could change anything it would be that the subject’s head was angled another 4-5 degrees towards me; however, as it stands I am pretty happy with the shot.