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Challenge: Calendar II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM for Canon
Location: Freehold, NJ
Date: Feb 22, 2009
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Feb 22, 2009

It was rainy out today but I had the camera next to me waiting for the birds to come in to the feeders. I actually turned our downstairs bathroom into a bird blind ;-). I put the window up about 10 inches, closed the blinds and stuck the lens out the window. I was having trouble capturing enough light, so I was fooling around with the ISO and I set it to 3200. Then of course this guy shows up and I forget that I'm at 3200. He was really close and I got some good shots, but they are noisy. PP on the noise worked pretty well for a web sized version at least. I am not sure I could have captured enough light without the high ISO anyway.

Place: 50 out of 182
Avg (all users): 5.9184
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7541
Avg (non-participants): 6.0349
Views since voting: 1108
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 147
Comments: 10
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03/02/2009 04:40:36 PM
Sorry you did not get to a 6.0 like you hoped. It is a beautiful shot. I had it as a 7.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2009 10:23:02 PM
We usually do not see any of these until around late Feb early March
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02/27/2009 05:41:14 PM
nice shot, love the colours
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02/27/2009 11:15:49 AM
The brightness of color from the bird is creative. Nice pic.
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02/26/2009 07:09:21 PM
lovely image, who doesn't like a cardinal?? I love the sharp focus on his eye and face
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02/26/2009 12:30:13 AM
Great close up of this "cardinal". Its a great shot! I would of liked to of seen a more colorful background to emphasis the color of the bird itself.
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02/24/2009 10:58:00 PM
A gorgeous cardinal, beautifully rendered. Somehow, I associate cardinals with spring and summer, not necessarily January. Calendar pictures are usually more about what's typical of the season, not neccesarily the season in which it was taken.
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02/24/2009 10:34:14 PM
very nice. Crisp and clean.
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02/23/2009 01:11:24 PM
really great Cardinal...excellent capture...wonderful editing
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02/23/2009 12:40:17 PM
Very nice image. I think you lost some detail with noise reduction?
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