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On the Wire



Juvenille Goldfinch, patiently waiting for a parent to feed it while balancing against the wind on the barbed wire, Manawatu, New Zealand. I have painted this g...
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Juvenille Goldfinch, patiently waiting for a parent to feed it while balancing against the wind on the barbed wire, Manawatu, New Zealand. I have painted this goldfinch and the artwork can be seen by hitting the link in my profile.
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catherinethompson May 03, 2016
Thanks for that. My favourite of the Goldfinch photos.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken from the roadside out in the rural farmland on a dull afternoon in Autumn, Manawatu, New Zealand.
Time
It was a overcast day and I went for a drive in the country to visit a friend who owns a lifestyle block. On my way home I happened to see this juvenile Goldfinch perched on a barb wire paddock fence. It was having difficulty balancing as the wind was strong. It was hungry and determined to hang on as it called to its parents for a feed. I took the shot at 2.15pm in the afternoon.
Lighting
The lighting was poor but by stepping further away from the subject I was able to zoom in and blur out the background to highlight the Goldfinch itself.
Equipment
I was using a Canon Powershot SX530 HS at the time and held the camera in my hands. No flash nor tripod were used.
Inspiration
I was inspired to take this shot by the little bird itself and the barb wire caught my eye. The wee juvenile Goldfinch was so determined to stay where it's parents had left it. It was battling the weather conditions, wind and cold but it clung on. The desire for food overcame its need to seek shelter. It was calling and calling out. In the time I was there no parent returned to feed it. I suppose it was the isolation, the wee bird fighting against nature that called to me. I so loved this shot that I have now painted the wee Goldfinch On The Wire and if interested the finished painting can be seen on my Art and Photography Website by hitting the link in my Viewbug profile.
Editing
No post-processing was used on this photo - it spoke for itself.
In my camera bag
I always carry my monopod, and now my Canon Powershot SX60 HS, spare battery and sim card together with a smaller camera if I can. I find the weight of heavier equipment too much for me to handle so love the zoom features of this Canon camera and its light weight.
Feedback
I always say be prepared for whatever takes your eye and adapt to the weather conditions. This photo was taken on a dull afternoon however the end result is clear. Play with your camera often and check out it's features so you are prepared when difficult captures present. I am always on the lookout for that wonderful shot and always practicing to improve the result. You can never shoot enough photos in my opinion and with today's technology poor shots are easily deleted so they need not take up space. Most of all have fun out there.

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