Sat 16-Feb-13 12:23 AM | edited Sat 16-Feb-13 12:25 AM by NatureDon
A cardinal photo from a couple weeks ago. I have been spending a little time this winter sitting along this mountain stream in an area thick with briars and bushes. As I photographed whatever happened by, I was hoping for a pose on this moss at the same time as light was hitting it (which was not too often due to shifting shadows caused by the low winter sun and the thicket).
D800, Nikon 300 f/2.8 + TC 1.4, 1/320 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400
Hi Glen. Thanks for viewing and commenting. I spent quite a few hours at that spot on several occasions. Primarily after a Brown Creeper that has been cleaning bugs from a worn American Beech tree with a lot of character. Still waiting to nail the shot on that Brown Creeper. Fortunately other subjects come along to keep me company, like this cardinal and the winter wren I posted last weekend.
Thanks Robert. Surprising how those who just see birds around the house, but are not really into birds, never realize all of the striking beauty of the gray colors on the male cardinal back until you show them a photo. I really like the combination of gray and red.
Don you deserve all the accolades you got so with out diminishing on this great shot the following suggestions. Crop a bit of the bottom to remove much of the soft part of the stump. I would also crop at the top below the side branch and the stick starting to curve.In the final crop one would just adjust to prevent a panoramic shot.
Thanks Michael. I know that I take them for granted sometimes. I counted 25 males at one time from our house window this winter during a snow storm, thus there were likely 50 cardinals within sight of that one window. We all need to enjoy and share the scenes from our respective home areas...at least that is becoming more of a personal goal for me.