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female Cardinal

female Cardinal
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Copyright: Sky Fa (SkyF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, 70 - 300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 14:09
Viewed: 4143
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Been busy the last few weeks with visitors from Germany, so I had not much time to spend on the computer.
Things getting back to normal and I have more time for my pictures.

The female Northern Cardinal sings, often from the nest. The song may give the male information about when to bring food to the nest. A mated pair shares song phrases, but the female may sing a longer and slightly more complex song than the male.

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Love this shot of the cardinal. This is one of my favorite birds. I think the females have a certain beauty all their own. Great capture!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-12 14:22]

Hi Sky,
an excellent atmospheric shot.
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-12 14:36]

Hi Sky. A very nice shot of the cardinal. good colours and detail.I like the way his head is turned. a nice POV/DOF. all finished of in a nice frame. well done TFs. Nick..

Hello Sky,
Worth waiting for your excellent posting with perpect sharpness, good pov, vivid colour and details!
what a charming frame that really suitable for the picture!
very very well composition indeed

Hi Sky,
This "girl" is a real beauty!
I particularly love the colors and the good background you got here...
I'd like so much to have these birds in europe... but unfortunately, I can't...So, TFS this picture, the only way to enjoy them! Marta

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  • isa Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 49 W: 0 N: 34] (252)
  • [2007-07-12 15:07]

Hi Sky!
Beautiful female cardinale, great focus and composition. DOF fantástic.

Best Regards,

  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-07-12 15:35]

Hello Sky,
Very nice image of this female cardinal.
Composition, with the diagonal line of the body and tail is great and I love the way she did turn her head holding you in eye sight.
Background, frame, colors, background and catch light in the eye are wonderful, but I do have some difficulty with the sharpness of the image.
Image is a little soft although its clear that focus point is perfectly on the bird.
Looks more like there was some movement in the lens/camera combination while you did take this shot.
Best regards, Harry

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-12 16:16]

Hola Sky,
precioso pov,
hermosa captura y detalles,
sensacional trabajo,

Hi Sky,
Nice photo, I like the different shades of green in your photo they help to highlight the bird well. The focus seems alittle out on the legs and some of the edges of the bird but the head and wings are focused well.
Good photo.

Hi Sky,
Great portrait very nice pose of the bird
beautiful copmposition and POV. Best regards/Lawhill

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-12 21:36]

Cute bird!Nice composition& POV!

Hello Sky,
This is a wonderful image of this Cardinal. Its colours are glorious and it looks superb against the colourful background. Nice.

hi sky,
very beautiful post, lovely colours, the lush green bg looks nice, very good pose,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Sky,
Beautiful Cardinal picture. Fantastic pov and composition. Excellent blurred background that give depth and felling of the surrounding. Very well done.

Hi Sky,
Love this bird. The POV even though its bit tight i like it. The picture is bit soft otherwise a great picture!

Hello Sky,
The little fellow gives you a good pose, tilting his head in a curious way!
Good colours and fine details in the plumage, the bird is well framed and presented in a fine composition with a strong diagonal!
Pablo -

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-13 5:05]

Kudos, my dear!
It is so difficult to get these shy ladies on camera!
The bit of blur was unavoidable. At 300 mm extension of the zoom, one would have to shoot 1/300 of a second and the light would not have allowed that.
Superb colours, excellent composition

bonjour sky
je pense que vous auriez peut etre pu l'accentuer un peu,cependant le cadrage et l'atitude de l'oiseau sont tres bons.
les couleurs naturelles.

This is a beautiful portrait of the female Cardinal. I really like the composition, colors, pose of the bird, and the choice of frame. I think this excellent photo will look even better with a slight increase in contrast and a little sharpening. I added a workshop.

Hola Sky.
Una delicada escena con un colorido genial.
Buen DoF y acertado encuadre.
Estupenda nota.
Un saludo, JL.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-14 9:44]

Hi Sky.
What a pictorial shot of this beautiful bird you have shared. The scenery is simply great and so nice as main subject. Framing and composition of the picture are superb too. Only I prefer a bit sharper image of the bird but this is matter of taste. In any case shot is superb and pictured scene (and moment) is amazing. My compliments and TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-14 10:25]

Hi Sky.
Sharpness image is a little soft(I think that the Ken's workshop it solved very well).
But this capture is beautiful in composition with perfect diagonalle pose of this amazing bird on oblique branch.POV which you used is great.Also colors and BG are really superb.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 18:43]

Hello Sky

A wonderful portrait of this lady cardinal.The females here are so shy,they are very hard to photograph.Excellent colours and lighting.The composition is beautiful.Super POV and DOF.TFS


Hi Sky,
I see I am not the only one who has had a busy summer so far. Beautiful shot of the female cardinal. I love these birds but rarely see them down here for some reason. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-16 9:14]

Hello Sky,
I really like the way you've captured this Cardinal! It is posing so nicely on that branch with its head turned and the colours are wonderful and the background nice and soft. Maybe you could sharpen it a bit more.
Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-17 8:41]

Hello Sky,
Beautiful lady.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked eye contact,poseof bird and exposure also a lot.

Hello Sky,
They are beautiful creatures; I love them :) This is a very nice POV with good natural exposure and colors. I think that the WS helped with details but it is a minor nit for such a nice capture with excellent composition. I see them everyday but I can't take decent pictures of them because of the leaves in the trees :( Thanks,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-19 6:56]

Hi Sky,
Splendid shot of this Cardinal among the greens. Very neat and sharp with beautiful colours. I like its pose and the red bill. Excellent POV and a precise DOF. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-21 6:18]

hello sky
successful shot of this beautiful Cardinal that was giving nice pose to you
i like composition, point of view, blurred background, lighting, colours, details, framing and note
thanks for sharing

Belle photo de cet oiseau femelle,elle est très belle et bien colorée, son bec est superbebelle prise. Amitiés Thomas

Hello Sky !
I have seen many pictures of the male, but it's the first time I see the female, thanks for showing me ! :-) I really like the pose of the bird, and all the different uances of green in the BG. Wonderful composition and POV. Maybe some sharpeing on the bird could be needed, but it's just my opinion and the picture is wonderful as it is. Very well done !

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-07 15:43]

Hello Sky !

Well done on that beauty. Well composed, great background and lovely light. Thanks !


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-12-31 7:21]

Hi Sky

I love the female cardinals (I prefer them to the brightly coloured males) I wish we had them in the UK. You have caught her subtle colouring beautifully, the DOF is excellent and the composition lovely.

All the best for 2008



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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-08 19:24]

Hi Sky
Picture Perfect
tfs jon

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