Walter Swett  

Male Cardinal by Walter Swett

May 2020 - Male Cardinal

May 2020 - Walter Swett


About the Image(s)

I captured this cardinal in my backyard.

Handheld Nikon D7100 with Tamron 150-600mm lens at 600mm, ISO 2000, f8, 1/400

Post processed in Lightroom

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2 comments posted

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I still think it's amazing that you have cardinals in your backyard. That's just so wonderful. It seems like your exposure was good and I really like the quality of the reds. I think it's the noise from the high ISO that interferes with the clarity and sharpness of the feathers. Also, I wonder if you had opened up your aperature a little more if it would have blurred the background more and still left enough of the bird sharp? Currently, although the background isn't sharp, I feel like it's distracting. My other question is whether you could have changed your POV and been able to capture more light in his eyes?   Posted: 05/13/2020 22:00:14

Walter Swett   Walter Swett
Thanks for the feedback Janice. I feel very lucky to have cardinals regularly in my backyard. Although I haven't seen it, I suspect there is a nest nearby, because he and the Mrs. are regulars.

Even though shot with a 600mm lens, the cardinal was still very small in the original image.I suspect at least part of the noise was caused during post when I tried sharpening the bird and softening the background and then I resized the image.

I was shooting in manual mode and chose the higher ISO and shutter speed because he was moving around in the shaded area. I probably should have opened up the aperture at least one stop and I could have cut my ISO in half.

I did try to get a different POV, but he took off before I could get a better angle.
  Posted: 05/18/2020 19:58:18