Bruce Michelotti  

Northern Cardinal by Bruce Michelotti

June 2020 - Northern Cardinal

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I captured this Northern Cardinal in my backyard a few weeks ago. Shot with a Canon 7D MII with a 100-400 lens. Shot at f/5.6 at 200 and ISO 1000. Lens was at 400mm and on a tripod with a cable release. This guy and his mate come to the feeder all the time and just make my day when I see them. I only wish his crown was up for this shot—perhaps next time.

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13 comments posted

Mike Walker   Mike Walker
I like the angle as it shows the detail and colours of the feathers. The crown not showing, for me, is a bonus, as it shows a 'normal' male bird.   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:41:43

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
The depth of field is great. I like his subtle red color. Considering the distance this remarkably sharp! That branch adds interest and serves as a anchor. That split in the branch is a leading line. The eye is great! Good job. Wouldn't change a thing!   Posted: 06/06/2020 19:05:14
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Mike and Mark, thank you for your comments.   Posted: 06/10/2020 09:15:06

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
The bird is very well captured however, I personally would like to see a bit more in the background. So, I opened Luminar, and after looking at all the sky options I chose one that I thought was a bit more interesting that yours. What do you think?   Posted: 06/12/2020 20:14:41
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment and suggestion Beverly. I always like to try to have a nicely de-focused background to keep attention on the subject. While I understand what you are trying to accomplish I find the lower right corner a bit of a distraction as it doesn't look natural and I am not sure about the spots on the upper left either. I appreciate your visit.   Posted: 06/12/2020 20:50:10

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
He doesn't look happy! The crop is a bit tight. I would like to see more room on the right and get him off of dead center. His eye look off, I can't figure out what is wrong with it, maybe it is your reflection or something. I find the image flat and would like to see more contrast and separation.   Posted: 06/12/2020 22:10:58

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comments Lane. I have updated the photo per your suggestions. The crop I feel is a matter of preference, either one will work for this subject. I also increased the contrast and color intensity. He now looks brighter and redder, but for a juvenile male I feel the colors don't look right. Muted is better in this case in my opinion. I did clone out the gunk in his eye. I asked him to blink before I took the shot but he would not comply:) Let me know if you like this one better.   Posted: 06/13/2020 10:15:30
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Maitham Aqeel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqeel Al Lawati
photo is very nice and I liked the photo your edited after and gave more space for the bird. I would like you to try shaping the eye more so the eye of the audience goes directly to the face. I understand while taking small birds photography is kind of hard and not easy to have deep focus. but increasing the F number will solve kind of issue sometimes and as I read you used the tripod where in such photography I would try to look via the live view from the camera screen and would give more zoom from it and focus directly to the face of the bird.   Posted: 06/17/2020 10:17:11
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comments Maitham. I'll give it a try although in this case I was at ISO 1000 at 1/200. I really didn't want to have a slower shutter and risk motion blur (the bird) to have a larger f stop and a higher ISO is sometimes noisy. I do agree that more depth of field would be preferable.   Posted: 06/17/2020 10:46:49

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Nice photo. I agree with Lane about the extra room in front of this bird. I am not sure about Maitham's suggestion to reshape the eye means.   Posted: 06/19/2020 09:31:46

Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Harley.   Posted: 06/21/2020 16:21:10

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Bruce, Love this image Red and Green are two of the primary colors. Great contrast. Great detail in the bird's feathers. Giving the bird more space does help. Beautiful   Posted: 06/25/2020 11:56:47
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Linda. I think everyone is right about more space for the cardinal. I asked him and he thought it was best also.   Posted: 06/26/2020 10:29:38