Cardinal and Snow Showers

Taken from photographers tent set up at 15 feet from feeding station.

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon 5ds-r and 100x400x1.4 lens with tripod, 1/230 sec., iso 1000, f-8.


Hi John. Glad you’ve been able to enjoy the snow from what sounds like a relatively comfortable setup! Love the snow, and I like the thin, twirling perch. Exposure looks good. But it looks like the head is either slightly off the plane of focus or there was a bit motion blur. Also, in a perfect world, there’d be a little more separation between the bird’s head and the perch.

A nice, classic shot of a cardinal in the snow. Good detail in the cardinal and the falling snow is a nice bonus. I like the perch. Is there more perch to the left? I could see a more horizontal image, cropping off the top and adding to the left to de-center the cardinal.

Re-Post to address birds head to perch separation and convert to a more horizontal image, all very good suggestions.

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Hi John
Lovely winter Cardinal. The head softness could a result of the slow shutter speed. I like the breathing room of the second posting. Nice work.

Hi Peter, thanks for commenting. I held off on Topaz DeNoise to prevent loosing the snow effect, that may have left some softness in the head area.

The photo looks really nice John. It could be a Christmas card for next year or a greeting card. I do like the repost. And I don’t like to bug you, I think the bird could be a bit more right in the frame and that bright snow flake in top right could be taken out. It is a well done.

Very good, Wayne. A lovely Cardinal image. I always like it on those rare occasions when we get some snow to shoot in-it makes for very interesting light and you took good advantage of it.