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Can you see me now?

Can you see me now?
Photo Information
Copyright: Travis Truelove (wildlife) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 42] (259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS w/ 1.4 extender, Handheld in Sports Mode
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-26 19:09
Viewed: 2635
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This male cardinal was one of many that visited my feeder today. Normally, I have very few cardinals this time of year. But with the 6 inches of snow that fell last night and today, I had more activity than I have had in a long time. There we at times as many as 8 cardinals feeding at once, not to mention the chipping sparrows, juncos, tufted titmouses, mourning doves, carolina chickadees, red-headed blackbirds, pine warblers, brown-headed huthatches, blue jays and goldfinches. It was an active day for my photography and for my trying to keep enough feed out for the hundreds of hungry birds.

It was just last week that I had seen 16 cardinals in my backyard feeding as a traveling group. I had seen 3 or 4 togerher, but never this many. It makes me wonder if outside birds had sensed the snow storm and had banded together and followed my local birds in search of local food. Makes me think about it anyway.

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To vanni2009: Thankswildlife 1 01-08 17:03
To brech: I agreewildlife 1 12-31 23:34
To tuslaw: gleam in the eyewildlife 1 12-31 20:06
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Sometimes I feel how do you guys find such nice scenes. Very well taken.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-27 20:16]
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Hello Travis, very attractive photo!!
Trying to capture a subject with a white BG is always a challenge. The cameras metering system usually ends up making the subject quite dark and you tend to lose detail. You did a fine job with this shot, the only thing missing is a little catchlight in it's eye. I would suggest you try flash and see what a differance it can make. Well done!!

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 60 N: 95] (267)
  • [2010-12-28 12:37]
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Great capture espeically knowing how cardinals tend to move very quickly. Agree that a eye cathclight would be the only thing to improve this otherwise excellent image.

Nice Job!


Hello Travis
Cardinal with this beautiful winter background, excellent colors, POV and sharpness:
I love these pictures, Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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