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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-09 10:55
Viewed: 3011
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Northern cardinals are medium-sized songbirds. Males are bright red except for a black mask on their face. Females are light brown or light greenish-brown, with reddish highlights and do not have a black mask (but parts of their face may be dark). Both males and females have thick, orange-red, cone-shaped bills, a long tail, and a distinctive crest of feathers on the top of their heads. Males are slightly larger than females. Males are 22.2 to 23.5 cm long whereas females are 20.9 to 21.6 cm long. The average weight of adult cardinals is 42 to 48 g. Immature cardinals are similar in appearance to females, but have a gray-black rather than orange-red bill.


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Beautiful shot of this little one.
Details, colours and pose are really nice.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-09 11:19]

A beautiful portrait of this stunning bird. What wonderful colours and excellent POV and sharpness. Your DOF is spot on. An excellent composition Mircea.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-03-09 11:23]

Hi Mircea,

This is one of the nicest photos of the lady C that I have seen. She is not as easy to capture as her partner. The colors, the pose, the details, the BG and that look in her eye are all wonderful.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-09 11:31]

Another ruffled up bird photo toughing out the cold from Quebec :). Good thing they can handle it better than humans. That aside, this is a wonderful capture, Mircea. Love the colors, pose and the feather detail in the cardinal. Very well done. Regards,

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  • kag Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 20] (106)
  • [2007-03-09 11:33]

A great shot with so much detail, colours are good and great focus. TFS.
Well done.

Hello Mircea,

Beautiful shot, a little soft around the beak. Excellent composition, DOF well chosen.


Hi Mircea.

Excellent capture here. I am continually amazed at the temperatures these small birds are happy in. This one is ruffled up and not minding the cold one bit! The image is very sharp and the background is not an issue as it is blurred into oblivion using f5.6. Nice work with the composition and framing.


Cześc Mircea,
Fantastic photo.Wonderful colors. Very nice picture, excellent compositon.

Regards from Poland - BratAni.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-09 12:03]

Hi Mircea,

A great capture with a nice framing,well captured and the PP is well handled,well done and TFS


Amazing shot! Great light and pose.
How can it survive to this cold?

Cardinals of Canada are a handsome lot and this one is no exception, Mircea.
Great image with super sharpness and natural hues.

hi mircea,
what a lovely shot,
the shallow dof has isolated the bird from the bg, nice sharpness with good details,
tfs & regards

Great pose, very good picture with wonderfull colours.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-03-09 12:53]

Hi Mircea,

We don't have this bird in Holland and that's a pity. I like the colors of this cardinal.Nice background as well.


Hello Mircea , good colors , good sharpness , good comp. TFS.

Hi Mircea,
Great image; colourful and well detailed.
Creamy background is a plus...

Beautiful photo, great close up shot from a great POV, love the soft colors. TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-10 0:14]

Hello Mircea,
A beautiful lady cardinal you have here!
She is so nicely isolated from the BG.
Lovely light and colors on sharp details.
I like the POV.
TFS. ; )

Allo Mircea,
Quel magnifique portrait de cette jolie demoiselle. Je reviens toujours à la même question. Pourquoi certaines d'entre elles ont des sourcils rouge alors que d'autre pas... Ça demeure un grand mystère pour moi... J'adore la netteté de cette photo, la prise de vue et la composition. Oui, il fait froid pas à peu près mais ça s'améliore bientôt... Merci,

comme je disai a J P, vous avez des oiseaux au canada bien plus variés qu'en france!!!!
félicitations, celui ci est superbe
bonne couleurs

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