Dean Ginther  

Male Cardinals by Dean Ginther

June 2022 - Male Cardinals

June 2022 - Dean Ginther


About the Image(s)

Another bird picture for me this month. The two male cardinals are fighting for the perch, which has bird food on/in it. The bird on the perch was displaced by the approaching one. I attached a second picture which shows the displacement. This second image is a composite of two images..
Taken with my Sony A7R4 with 200-600 Sony zoom; f 5.6/, 1/1600, iso 400.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
12 comments posted

Geoff Wiggins   Geoff Wiggins
Dean I know how difficult it is to capture birds in flight and you have done it, well done. Well composed and processed. I don't know if it is my computer but the bird in the tree seems a little out of focus. If so may be an f stop of 8 or 11 may have helped.   Posted: 06/05/2022 06:51:59
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Yes, the challenge with using this long Sony lens (200 - 600) with a very high shutter speed is that you need all the light you can get.
  Posted: 06/07/2022 19:26:16

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wow. Very nice images - sharp, well processed. I am not sure how the second image is a composite of 2 images.
For me is whether to choose the original image or the posted image as my favorite.
On the original: 3 cardinals, all in action, but the second one is partly masked by the branch. On the submitted image: 2 cardinals arguing. I think that I prefer the original one, despite the problem with the middle one. They are really both superb.
I would like to see which 2 images were used to make your composite.   Posted: 06/05/2022 10:26:18
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
The composite was from two images - the first image has two birds in it (one bird on the perch getting ready to jump off and the other above in flight) and the second has just the one bird after it jumped off the perch.   Posted: 06/07/2022 19:28:35
Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Very nice. Thanks.   Posted: 06/08/2022 06:47:09

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
In nature photography the story telling component is of utmost importance, and here you are definitely telling us a story.
My only suggestion is to open the shadows on the face of the right hand bird to provide more detail there.   Posted: 06/08/2022 10:27:40
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:05:29

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Good story, Dean. The birds, especially the one on the left in flight, are beautifully shown. It is always difficult to capture small birds in flight, and you have done it perfectly. In addition to the birds, the dead tree has good texture and lines.   Posted: 06/08/2022 13:12:06
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.
  Posted: 06/08/2022 13:15:02

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Love love love these! I especially like the original, a great diagonal formed by the birds' path.

In your composite image, there seems to be a whitish haze or halo behind and around the top bird? Maybe needs some darkening?

Did you get this at your birding workshop in Texas? I ask because we had a lot of similar setups in Edinburg, Texas in birding blinds.

Thrilled you got such great images!   Posted: 06/14/2022 19:12:43
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Brenda. Yes, at the bird ranch in Uvalde.   Posted: 06/14/2022 20:38:10

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a lovely photo. I agree with the others that you did very well in telling a story. I am unsure how you made it a composite but again very well done.   Posted: 06/28/2022 19:29:02