Thomas Bell  

The Look by Thomas Bell

January 2020 - The Look

January 2020 - Thomas Bell


About the Image(s)

The photo was taken while walking in Boyce Thompson Arboretum. I was
talking to my son “Max, my puppy” and when I looked up I saw this male
Northern Cardinal looking at me from between two trees.

TAKEN WITH: Canon 7D Mark II ~ Canon 100-400 L AF IS USM lens

SETTINGS: 1/500 sec ~ F/5.6 ~ ISO 1600 ~ at 400 mm

EDIT: Plus 40 details ~ Crop

3 comments posted

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
would suggest crop in on both sides, if possible, especially the right band that's out of focus and not attractive.
Or next time, take a step to you left, to give you a better view and full frame of interesting objects.   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:17:41

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
Pretty bird. We don't have Cardinals here so I love seeing them. Good exposure on the reds. Red is sometimes a hard color to expose well and you did a nice job. The bright trunks on the sides are distracting. Potentially they could provide a nice frame for the bird but as composed they are almost half the image. Also, stepping to the sunny side of the bird would have given a view of his eye and a better view of that red beak. The bird also seems to be soft.   Posted: 01/16/2020 16:38:14

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. I like the way you captured the tilt of his head. I liked the vertical crop you used on the original more than the horizontal crop of the final image. I also think a closer crop would strengthen the composition. I have attached my version of a vertical crop with a slight vignette added.   Posted: 01/19/2020 09:09:11
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