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Female Northern Cardinal 1 by Wessonnative Female Northern Cardinal 1 by Wessonnative
The females are much more skittish than the males of this species. She popped in, and popped out really fast. I only got a couple of shots.
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:iconphoto-massacre15:
photo-massacre15 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Photographer
wow!!
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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geostant Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Professional Photographer
Wonderful quality !
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Thanks! I appreciate your kind comment. I'm very pleased that you like it.
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GuitARRET Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Nice capture :)
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Thanks! I'm very glad you like it, and I appreciate your comment.
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GuitARRET Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
No problem :)
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ParadigmParadox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
She is quite sweet.
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
Yeah, they are sweet looking birds. I'm very glad you like it.
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TripodMom Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Females ARE hard to capture ! Lovely shot.
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. Your point about females being hard to capture is dead right. :)
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secondclaw Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Beautiful color, sharpness and composition.
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind words, and I'm very pleased that you like this image.
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HussainRadhi Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
the back ground is nice
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! I'm glad you like the background. I can't decide whether or not I do. I'll do the next one differently
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bad95killer Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
how many Cardinals are there....as far as u know?
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
As far as the number of species of Cardinals goes, I really don't know. I'll have to check on that. As far as how many Cardinals there are, they are very plentiful. I see lots of them here.
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jtobinj Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Interface Designer
Another beautiful shot; I love the feathers at the top of her head :)
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! I appreciate your comment. Her attitude was showing just a bit, wasn't it? I'm glad you like it.
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djberry Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Photographer
I like the background.. Bird with "attitude"!
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! I gotta tell you, when I shoot at close range with the 600, and expose for the shadows, the out of focus background really can take on interesting effects. In this case, it was created by the late afternoon sun hitting some very fresh green leaves on trees in the distance. I didn't like the background color when I shot it, but I guess I had to play the hand I was dealt. It's not often that I get to photograph the Females, and I couldn't pass it up. Thanks again!
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Ratafluke Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
She's not as pretty as her boyfriend - such is the fate if girl birds ;] But the tuft on her head looks really detailed and interesting!
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! No, she's not as vibrant, but her attitude makes up for it. The Females are fun to watch since they will tend to keep the males on their toes.
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aVeD Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
and thats true for humans too...
females just keep us on our toes :-P

great shot once again...
:)
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Man, you got that right... I couldn't agree more.
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Apolic Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007   Photographer
The birds is looking nice good capture!:) but the background is to yellow for me though
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! Yeah, the background bothered me too. Shooting at close range with the 600, and exposing for the shadows, the out of focus background can take on interesting colors. The late afternoon sun hitting some very fresh green leaves on trees in the distance gave me the unusual color. I didn't like the background color when I shot it, but the bird's color is dead on. I could fix the background color by changing the color balance a wee bit, but then the bird looks strange. Oh well....
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MrStickman Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Another good shot. Background is a little overwhelming though?
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! Yeah, I agree with your comment on the background. It really looked odd when I shot it. The low afternoon sun was hitting some trees that had recently leafed out, and gave me the strange color. Since the bird was in the shadows, I exposed for the bird and not for the background, so what you're seeing is and overexposed, vast expanse of fresh green leaves, illuminated by the low (right at sundown) sunlight courtesy of a 600mm lens. I tried to fix the color a little and got a new species of Cardinal, judging from the colors of her feathers. So, I elected to leave the background alone, and keep the birds colors pure. Thanks again!
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FBHphotography Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Alright, another bird shot. I always look forward to you posting more of these. What's in the background to make it yellow?
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! The background color is a combination of a very low sun angle plus fresh leaves that are thrown completely out of focus by the lens I was using. I didn't like it when I shot it, and I'm still not crazy about it, but when I tried to adjust the background color, the bird's feathers looked oddly colored, so I left it alone.
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Zarafa Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007   Photographer
Just stunning Danny.
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks, Carolyn. It took a while to get a shot of a Female for you, but here she is. I may try to get a better shot one day soon. When I get back to regular hours, I hope to shoot more often.
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Zarafa Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Photographer
I knew it was the female I so wanted to see Danny, and, I love her! And, whatever anyone else says, I love the background / DOF. As you know, I read widely to learn all I can, and I read a very important and salient point recently about background and DOF and this is a perfect example of the point I read, so I appreciate it and love it even more, and my reading makes me pay even more attention to images from a technician such as you. I am not a fan of the critiques people give, such as the background comments here, because, who lives in a perfect world? It is not possible to post an image that would be perfect in every viewer's eye, and if it was possible, there would only be about three images on dA! I think the DOF and background are wonderful, and, importantly, the fact she was not in the light, which to me makes it even more spectacular. So, Z has spoken, and, she thinks it is perfect and spectacular. So there :p :D
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
So, Z has spoken? I love it... If you need specifics about how I control the DOF in these images to get the smooth backgrounds, don't hesitate to Note me. I'll be glad to give you any tips I possibly can to help you.
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Zarafa Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Photographer
Actually, I am disturbed by the comments on the background. My humble opinion is, so many images on here are so highly manipulated beyond recognition from the natural, that it has become the 'norm'. My sensibilities, even if it leaves me in the absolute minority, prefers nature as it is. Even considering nature as it is, this is a spectacular capture Wn, and I appreciate it more than you will ever ever imagine.
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meihua Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
great shot :D
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
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Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot! This is the first time I've seen a female Cardinal.
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thanks! The Females are rather skittish. They don't stay in one place for very long. I'm glad you like it.
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Karasu-no-Yami Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!!
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:iconmidway:
midway Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007   Photographer
solid capture! what kind of lens are you using?
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Thank you! This was captured using a Nikon 600mm f4D AF-S Lens.
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:iconmidway:
midway Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007   Photographer
sounds like a nice lens... i'm lookin for one but they are just a tad pricey :)
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:iconwessonnative:
Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Yeah, they are definitely pricey. You can save some serious cash by buying used lenses from reputable dealers. I've doen that before and had excellent results.
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Toolow Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
And another!!!
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Wessonnative Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Thanks, Bob. This is one of the few images I've shot of a Female Northern Cardinal. They are very fast, and tough to catch in one spot for more than a couple of seconds.
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