Saffron Finch

Taken a 7:30 am this morning. A common bird on the Big Island but mostly in the early am…

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Pertinent technical details or techniques: iso 8000, 100-400 plus 1.4X, f8, 1000th, fill flash at -3, A7R4, handheld, 30% of full frame, DxO Photo Lab 3 and Topaz DeNoise AI.

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Although they are common there, they are one of my favorite Hawaiian birds. A very nice shot of one. If you want, I know of some fairly good places for photos on the island. You should have my email.

Superb detail, David, and I like the setting. I’m not sure what you cropped out, but I think a slightly looser frame would be nice, if it’s not too ugly. On my monitor, this is looking a little dim.

A beautiful bird for sure, David, and I hope you will be able to capture many more wonderful shots while at the Big Island. It has been about 10 years since I was there, and I wasn’t with a birder, so have no advice like Jim Gavin has for you. This image looks a bit dark on my screen too, so maybe you are working off of your laptop, and that is making a difference. A bit more room as Dennis said would be nice too.

Yes it could be brighter.
And I am working on a laptop.
Will need to wait until I get home to improve .

Nice detail and a nice complementary background.

A nice image of this colorful finch, David. I particulraly like the low angle, your choice of composition which makes the subject stand out in the surroundings. I like the habitat included in this image. There are two catch lights in the larger version, likely from your use of the flash - it should be easy to clone one out.

Hi David,

Getting down low produced a nice comp and perspective on this bird. Colors are muted of course and expect you will adjust the brightness after you return home. …Jim