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December 27, 2010
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Canon EOS 5D
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1/395 second
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400 mm
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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 Aug 16, 2011   Photographer
These birds are so rarely around here and it's so beautiful! :heart:
mydigitalmind Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
ANGRY BIRD! that was the first thing that popped into my mind when i saw this. awesome photo!
mydigitalmind Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
Lovely cardinal series!
mydigitalmind Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them :)
Pingo1387 Jan 30, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
sweet cardinal. looks like it's hungry. like me...
mydigitalmind Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe. Thanks ;)
mydigitalmind Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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