WINTER STORM by Sandy Stewart

As day breaks, a male Purple Finch and a female House Finch fluff their feathers to keep warm, as a frigid wind blows during a snowy winter storm.

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Taken on Jan 18/12 at 9:26am on south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens
Taken from home window, using window ledge to stabilize the camera and lens.
Taken at 1/250’s at f/5.6, – 2/3 Ev, 400mm, iso 800, man white bal.
Added some contrast, via histogram and contrast slider in Lightroom. Used Topaz Adjust and Topaz Simplify to create a more painterly effect.
Added a slim dark edge vignette. No cropping.


  • wiscbackroadz
    wiscbackroadzover 3 years ago

    Awwwww how tweet! How these little critters stay warm in winter temps is beyond me. Beautiful capture Sandy!

  • It is amazing how such little birds survive, as I know all too well how quickly I start feeling chilled when outside, despite being all bundled up. lol Those feathers are amazing for keeping their tiny bodies warm! Many kind thanks for stopping by and for your compliment wiscbackroadz! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    So very beautiful Sandy ! I always think that I would love to go out and dress them in little birdy caps and scarves to keep warm LOL !

  • Awe,…..thank you so much Renee! You talking about putting on little birdy caps and scarves to keep them warm reminds me of the knitted suits people are making up for Penguins. The knitted suits are for Penguins who have ended up in oil slicks and have to be kept warm and stop them from cleaning the toxic oil from their feathers.

    – Sandy Stewart

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 3 years ago

    Aww, poor things! Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so kindly mom23girls! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenover 3 years ago

    Wow!!! What spectacular lighting on these beautiful birds. Outstanding capture and a fvae, Sandy~Lynn

  • Thank you so very kindly Lynn! I was using a fill flash, but it failed to work on one of two pics and I ended up preferring this one without the flash. : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Drew28
    Drew28over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture so well done !!

  • Thank you so much Andrew! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful image, excellent photography

  • Thank you so kindly elfie! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • ronholiday
    ronholidayover 3 years ago

    Amazing, Sandy! a definite glow to it, & a definite favorite.. Aloha /~

  • Thank you so much Ronholiday! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image . . . x

  • Thank you so much Teresa! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, Sandy!
    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC

  • Thank you so much Sheri! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful Sandy!

  • Thank you so much Pamela! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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