Wednesday, June 5, 2013

American Goldfinch

It wasn't quite fall yet as you can see from the trees in the background, but because of the yellow leaves, it has a feel of fall.  This is a female goldfinch, whose colors are more muted than a male. By not centering the bird, it allows your eye to roam around the picture and return to the goldfinch. Diagonal lines in a photo give a picture a more dynamic feel, but some thought needs to be given to where the diagnonal - in this case, the branch - enters the frame. Also, all things being equal, if the bird had it's back to the camera, it would not have been a successful picture. Sometimes, a bird facing directly toward the camera will look odd because the beak will become much less prominent, so that needs to be kept in mind also.

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