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Jurrasic Cardinal
Jurrasic Cardinal

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-08 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Location: Home
Date: Aug 19, 2012
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2012

Adjustments in LR4 and CS5, noise, sharpen, crop, resize for submission.

Shot in my backyard, the tilt of the head and the look in his eye reminds me of the Velociraptors in the movies.

I was about seven feet away sitting in a small tent, camera on a tripod wth only the lens sticking out, the tent made a great blind. I believe he was reacting to the sound of the shutter when he turned to look in my direction. There are about a half dozen immature cardinals in the area, since this was shot he is now almost completely covered in red.

Place: 78 out of 246
Avg (all users): 5.9091
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8372
Avg (non-participants): 6.1667
Views since voting: 409
Views during voting: 176
Votes: 110
Comments: 2
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2012 03:27:51 AM
Great technique and excellent focus on the eye (beyond the beak which is hard to do) and cute inquisitive typical bird like pose. Your BG is to die for, green and smooth. Your exposure is spot on, if perhaps lacking a little extra contrast which you could add in PP. Whilst this is clearly a Nature shot (bird attracted to a feeding station) and not a true Wildlife (in the Wild) shot you have displayed promise and skill in most of the departments needed in good thoughtful bird photography. It would be good at the next attempt to also take note of the tail feathers and get them in the shot seeing as the bird is relatively stationary and your chances to capture are numerous in the space of a few minutes :P Despite the easy location and the cropped tail I'm giving this a Free Study 7. Well Done.
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09/06/2012 06:06:40 PM
Nice and sharp composition fits well good bokeh ..Well done
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