Image of the day- Blog 1

Starting today, in this 5 article per week series, I intend to share one image per day and a small story behind the image along with the EXIF.

Today’s Image of the day is of a Scarlet Finch.

Scarlet Finch - Image of the day- Blog 1

EXIF: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/500 Sec

f-stop: f/6.3

ISO: 2500

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Never could I have imagined seeing a Scarlet finch, a few hundred meters from my home. It all changed this winter, when not only was I able to see him, but also was fortunate enough to spend some 1hr 30 min. with him. The area where I shot him was a particularly moist (and chilly) bush thicket, sun hitting the patch only late in the afternoon. When I reached the patch, this guy (along with 2 females) was pretty actively feeding inside dense thickets.

While shooting birds, especially the ones not very used to humans, I generally shoot in continuous silent mode. In my personal observation, they seem to ignore this subtle sound and give me more time to shoot them, versus firing at continuous high, where they instantly seem to take off. You can check out the difference between the two here.

In this case I sat down on the path and started shooting one frame at a time. Eventually I started firing multiple shots, hoping all the time for them to stay. The females were quite shy, but he was a bold one, and after 15 minutes became very comfortable to my presence. He offered me almost full frame shots on multiple perches for the next 1hr 15 minutes or so (with the females becoming comfortable eventually). I almost filled my 64 GB card this day with images and videos.

That is it for the day, end of Blog 1.

Do check out my upcoming expeditions here.

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