Kathleen Colligan  


Sweet Cardinals by Kathleen Colligan

June 2020 - Sweet Cardinals

About the Image(s)

This sweet photo was taken outside my kitchen window one morning this past week. The male cardinal was sharing his seeds with the female. Sony Rx10iv camera settings were ISO 160, F4.0 and 1/25th sec. I did not have time to adjust settings as it happened so quickly. Photoshop was used to adjust shadows and highlights. Topaz Sharpen tools were also applied.


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6 comments posted

Laurie McShane
What a great moment to capture! Even though she is a little soft, the way the female has turned her head to accept the seed is wonderful. The background certainly enhances it. What looks like droppings on the perch is a little distracting to me though, and perhaps could be eliminated? Just an idea. Super fun to see this...   Posted: 06/07/2020 14:52:37
Kathleen Colligan
yes, I agree that seed looks distracting.. thank you for your help   Posted: 06/07/2020 20:08:53

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Wow what a beautiful moment captured . Mating ritual of birds the male bring food to the female to get her approval .I see shake but thats expected in 1/25s shutter , I also use RX10M4 , as a default i always keep my ISO in Auto , I use the EV dial to fix my Exposure ( usually it is -0.3 or -0.7) . So even in haste when i pick up camera to shoot something . in AV mode the camera will get me a usably sharp image . it has worked with me . I have even created Memory settings . one setting i have dialled in all my regular settings for birding, One for general purpose , and one for slow shutter /long exposure . So just by turning of the Mode dial i get my desired settings . Its very useful trick. You can find video tutorials online which will help you store your desired settings into the Memory ( MR) .

I hope this helps .

The photo is great one under the conditions I must compliment your steady hand to get such sharpness with as low as 1/25s   Posted: 06/07/2020 21:31:01

Kathleen Colligan
Thank you Prasad for the practical advice . Honestly , I am still trying to figure out and understand the best settings for birding and nature. I was using aperture priority but lately experimenting with manual ones. I tried Shutter Priority but did not like that as much. Not sure what AV mode is but will look it up. Saving memory settings is a wonderful idea so now the challenge will be set that up. This Sony Rx10IV bridge camera is amazing in all that it can do. Again, thank you.
  Posted: 06/08/2020 05:21:54

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Beautiful posture of the birds. Fantastic that you caught this incredible moment. Shutter speed is always an issue when taking shots of fast moving subjects like birds. Prasad's suggestion of pre-programming the settings for birding is excellent. I will follow his advise as well.   Posted: 06/14/2020 02:51:02

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Beautiful posture of the birds. Fantastic that you caught this incredible moment. Shutter speed is always an issue when taking shots of fast moving subjects like birds. Prasad's suggestion of pre-programming the settings for birding is excellent. I will follow his advise as well.   Posted: 06/14/2020 02:51:04