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Canon
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Canon EOS 5D
Shutter Speed
1/395 second
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F/5.6
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400 mm
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800
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Dec 14, 2010, 9:04:58 AM
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Resting Cardinal by mydigitalmind Resting Cardinal by mydigitalmind
A Cardinal rests on my lower deck rail. The sun was still somewhat low creating the perfect light for this photo.

I already know that I should have stopped down to get more in focus, but I hope the clear eye makes up for it. Shot through my sliding glass doors.

Northern Cardinal
Vestal, New York
Canon 5D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Melissa Mancuso Penta // All Rights Reserved
Do not duplicate or distribute this photo without permission

More Cardinals in the Snow


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Critique by ElinSullivan Jan 30, 2011, 9:59:32 AM
First thing I notice - Obviously the colour! This is a stunning bird captured with an innocent expression. Seeing this photograph with all of the other deviations, I couldn't not look at this one, the colour made me curious and I'm glad I've seen this.

The scene is rather effective as the background is greyish/white which has a nice contrast against the bird. The birds position is nice aswell as his body faces left but his head faces to the right, its also nice to see a bit of his tail at the back.

Thank you for photographing this bird (i have never seen one up close) and a very well done :)
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This is gorgeous!

The pop of color is stunning, truly. The softly vibrant red is perfect for the muted tones of the background.

I think the focus is perfectly fine. Even though it's not 100% sharp all over, I think it works very well here. The lighting is soft, the colors are soft, and the focus only enhances that softness- but in a complimentary way, not in a "My eyes are going cross from being so out of focus!".

The snow riddled along the railing is nice, as well as the soft flecks on the beak. The closeness of the subject to your eye is well placed, due to the angle the beam in the back adds a nice touch of length to the photo (which is why the placement of the cardinal is so nice here).

The main things that I love about this photo are one- the clarity of the eye. I love pictures where you can see the bird's eye color. It's so clear, in fact, you can see a soft pattern in the eye that makes me love it even more. The second thing I love about the photo is, as stated above, the softness of this picture. It feels like a warm, lovely winter day instead of just a brisk, cold winter day like most bird pictures taken in snow. The last thing I love about this picture is that, despite the placement of the cardinal in the picture, you can still see it's tail (which adds another touch of length to the photo). If I couldn't see the tail of the cardinal, I don't think I'd have liked this picture enough to write this review.

The reason you only get 4 1/2 stars on originality is because there are so many bird in snow pictures. The reason it's a half, not a flat four, is because of the placement of the cardinal, and the softness of the picture (which is different than norm, as stated above).

I applaud you, and your photography. You never cease to capture my eye with your beautiful work.
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Callirgos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   Photographer
These birds are so rarely around here and it's so beautiful! :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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dustedwings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
ANGRY BIRD! that was the first thing that popped into my mind when i saw this. awesome photo!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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denigmaz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Lovely cardinal series!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them :)
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Pingo1387 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
sweet cardinal. looks like it's hungry. like me...
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe. Thanks ;)
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dustspec Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
cuuuuuute!!!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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wrenpod Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
What an amazing looking bird I have never seen one of them before, the colours are so vibrant. Fantastic photo x
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! You should see the males!
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animatorkennedy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Stunning photo. I think this one is the best cardinal picture you have. Framing is great with the railing for grounding and the background blurred out but still has detail.

The focus is great, if you have more in focus it may not have the same impact as it does now.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Didn't think of it that way :)
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markhossack Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely capture!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconmarkhossack:
markhossack Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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NitZuP Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shot!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
beautifullllll! :w00t:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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RottenRagamuffin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Digital Artist
:wow: A gorgeous photograph! :heart:
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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arteater1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
What a camera huh??? and the talent you have to use it is so great. A perfect shot.
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Yes, it is quite a nice camera. I find that I can crop more with it than with my T1i.
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RHCheng Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love the soft lighting, pose and you got the eye perfectly focused, nice shot~!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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AlexHawkPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Photographer
great shot!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
wonderful capture!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnificent shot of a tricky subject! :XD:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries. :)
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msosa Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
:) nice 100+
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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masscreation Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Great closeup!
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:iconmydigitalmind:
mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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KayaChuu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
So cute ♥
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :aww:
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