Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Goldfinch on the fence, Point Reyes National Seashore

Female goldfinch on an old fence rail in Point Reyes National Seashore

While I was preparing for my talk at the PSA conference last month, I spent some time digging through my archives. I have a ton of images from California that were only partially sorted and processed, and it was a lot of fun to relive some of my trips to Point Reyes National Seashore. While there were plenty of images that I passed over for a reason the first time, I came across a handful that I was excited to find again. I typically save any image that is sharp, just because you never know when you'll see the advantage of a new or different composition within the frame. I passed over this image many times before, since in the full frame, the fence dominated the image. Eventually though, the light bulb finally turned on for me, and I saw the potential in using a 20x10 aspect ratio.

This lovely female goldfinch was perched on a lichen-covered fence railing in the Tomales Point parking lot in Point Reyes National Seashore. There's a male sitting just outside the left edge of the frame that she's intentionally ignoring as he tried to court her. It goes against my usual tendency to prefer subjects that are looking into the frame, but for some reason, this "rule-breaker" works for me.

View more of my song bird images.


  1. Sensational composition and clarity. After your cropping you have produced an amazing image Pat.

  2. Stunning. Good you held on to this one as long as you did.

  3. I think this is fabulous and I love your explanation of the scene. She does have that look in her eye like she is saying, I'm keeping an eye on you over there!

  4. Very nice photo of the goldfinch!
    Greetings Pia in Sweden

  5. Nice one Pat! Love the setting and agree with you, this does seem like a shot that can break the rules; just works out great!

  6. Thats a great picture - I like the way its not a classic "field guide" compoition!

    Thanks for linking to WBW - I almost missed it!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia