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Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/90 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-19 2:44
Viewed: 2565
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern Cardinal-The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird. Theyíre a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you canít take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals donít migrate and they donít molt into a dull plumage, so theyíre still breathtaking in winterís snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-19 2:48]

Hello Bill,
such a lovely pair. Exciting colors and very well detailed shot. The feathers are well seen and it is well groomed too.
Excellent capture.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-19 3:01]

Hi Bill,magnificent capture of this beautiful couple,excellent work despite the difficult light of a cloudy day,very brilliant colors too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-19 3:12]

Hello Bill,
Wonderful photo of this couple. Good sharpness and very beautiful colours. The interaction is great. Excellent composition.

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-19 3:14]

hello bill

wonderful colour of this birds.
focus and sharphness perfect with
very much matching bg.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-19 5:43]

Hello Bill,
In a great pose taken from a fine POV this is an excellent capture of a pair of Northern Cardinals. The clarity, colours, Bg and composition add to the quality of this image.

hi Bill,
such a lovely photograph of this beautiful couple. i liked the female a lot! nicely captured mood.. as if some serious discussions were going on :)
thanks a lot for this photograph.

Beautiful composition, the two birds in a very nice pose. Nice setting and background. Lovely hamonious colours, good detail and exposure.
regards yiannis

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-19 10:05]

Hello Bill,
splendid image of this couple with excellent sharpness and wonderful colours; great POV and composition; nice contrast with a blurred background; excellent light. Very well done!

Hi Bill,
what are they talking about? Beautiful colours. Perfect composition.
Have a nice week,

Hallo Bill,
a fantastic capture of this pair of the Northern Cardinal, good sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Amazing scene and great photo Bill! Excellent composition, fantastic colours and good sharpness.

Ciao Bill, great capture of lovely couple of beautiful bird in nice talking pose, wonderful lighting BG, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-02-19 13:33]

Well done Bill, as usual. Gary

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-19 17:20]

Hello Bill,
It's tough enough getting one Cardinal, but you managed to get the pair of them in the same frame..great capture!!
Nicely framed and displaying beautiful natural coloration. Wonderful DOF and just the right exposure. Well done!!

Hello Bill,
Fantastic shot! Great composition,wonderful colors and very good sharp details.Contrast with blurred BG.
Thank You

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