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Cardinal In Storm
Cardinal In Storm
Drake


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Battle Creek, Mi
Date: Jan 17, 2004
Aperture: F5.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2009

This was taken during the same day as one I entered in 2004 - a different angle. I was very fortunate to be able to shoot with such a low shutter speed - and the fact that the cardinal stood very still. I like the texture and colors.

Statistics
Place: 154 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.2382
Avg (commenters): 7.0984
Avg (participants): 6.2181
Avg (non-participants): 6.3418
Views since voting: 994
Views during voting: 676
Votes: 487
Comments: 65
Favorites: 6 (view)


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03/18/2009 03:32:05 PM
Really lovely and the steel blue against her colouring is perfection... awesome atmosphere.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:01:56 PM
I've seen this one before, still a good shot
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03/17/2009 10:14:39 PM
Beautiful capture. Great detail, and the snow pellets add to the picture.
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03/17/2009 05:22:23 PM
Very nice!! 8
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03/17/2009 10:47:49 AM
Grea clairty and texture in the feathers, the DOF is great.
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03/17/2009 06:48:10 AM
Lovely detailed bird image.I like the falling snow. 7
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03/16/2009 07:21:15 PM
Brrrr. Makes me feel the chill of winter. Nice.
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03/16/2009 04:00:08 PM
this is amazing .. a fantastic shot .. love the snow flakes as lines and the snow settling on the bird .. WOW .. !!!..:)
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03/16/2009 03:32:43 PM
Good shot, the focus is perfect.
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03/16/2009 02:32:06 PM
Beautiful, I love winter, and this is the reason I love it. Awesome image. 9
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03/16/2009 01:22:41 PM
Good detail on the cardinal and great dof.
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03/16/2009 10:25:06 AM
Nice detail and focus along with DOF. What a beautiful bird especially during a snow storm.
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03/16/2009 05:19:55 AM
Lovely feather detail. The motion of the sleet adds volumes.
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03/16/2009 04:19:35 AM
Well captured and presented. Beautiful detail. Bumping.
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03/16/2009 02:14:44 AM
just beautiful
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03/15/2009 08:18:04 PM
Absolutely beautiful shot... love the flying snow.
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03/15/2009 07:01:08 PM
A really beautiful image 8
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03/15/2009 06:34:24 PM
Precious.
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03/15/2009 04:08:12 PM
ooooh me I bet hes cold. What lens did you use? Please tell when this is done. Great capture.
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03/15/2009 02:00:24 PM
nice capture, I think the focus could have been just a little deeper to have the head sharp too jmo
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03/15/2009 11:59:05 AM
Nice shot. Would have liked to seen a sharper focus on the face.
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03/15/2009 11:35:29 AM
Good nature shot....
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03/15/2009 10:15:47 AM
Looks cold and snowy, although this nice colored bird doesn't seems to have any problems with it, looking at his face.
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03/15/2009 08:55:47 AM
This is adorable! I love photos of cardinals in the snow and I love that this one actually has snow on her head....great detail.

Back to vote, I gave this an 8.
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03/15/2009 05:31:21 AM
poor little one (the shot could be sharper though ;))

thx, brano
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03/15/2009 01:40:13 AM
I've been trying for months to get into birding, so I can truly appreciate this image. The bird itself is beautiful, the coloring is excellent and the pose of the bird is great. Add to this bird a snowfall and you have composed an image to be proud of. Hope this is going on a wall somewhere :) 9
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03/14/2009 10:06:48 PM
Poor little bird
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03/14/2009 08:13:31 PM
Good shot!
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03/14/2009 06:53:44 PM
good bird shot - a bit blurry
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03/14/2009 01:41:33 PM
Stickin it out! Nice colors and DOF
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03/13/2009 08:49:47 PM
brave little guy, i love the snow in the background.
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03/13/2009 08:28:41 PM
excellent details , 7
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03/13/2009 06:26:12 PM
great looking bird, doesn't seem bothered by the snow!
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03/13/2009 05:19:03 PM
poor birdie, however it seems to not be bothered by the harsh weather. nice capture with the falling snow, good colors, but a bit out of focus at the head.
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03/13/2009 04:51:42 PM
Excellent shot, I guess taken at the same time as the ribbon winner. Congratulations!
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03/13/2009 03:48:22 PM
Excellent capture! The streaks of snow really make this image.
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03/13/2009 03:20:18 PM
beautiful image.. head a little soft but the lighting, from beneath, is interesting and the snow adds...8
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03/13/2009 01:59:13 PM
Aw, poor guy, he's got to be cold! He looks pretty determined to stick it out though.
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03/13/2009 12:30:46 AM
Wow, love it
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03/12/2009 10:45:53 PM
Love the detail in the feathers. The snow really adds to the shot even though she probably doesn't like it too much.
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03/12/2009 09:08:11 PM
Beautiful!
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03/12/2009 08:59:24 PM
Wish more of the bird's face was in focus. Good shot and colors.
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03/12/2009 02:41:18 PM
She doesn't seem concerned.
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03/12/2009 11:17:58 AM
I like the snow on the bird. Focus seems to be a little soft particularly in the eye area. Maybe a tad underexposed also.
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03/12/2009 08:28:46 AM
Needs more focus on the eye but love the subject and colors.
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03/12/2009 01:56:01 AM
Brrr, the poor bird. Great timing on the bird and snow.
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03/11/2009 09:09:11 PM
Beautiful lines, detail and movement of the storm.
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03/11/2009 07:42:07 PM
Fabulous underlighting and great detail on the feathers. Love the flake streaks. He's all puffed up to stay warm :-)
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03/11/2009 06:57:48 PM
Very nice detail on her and the blowing snow really sets the scene.
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03/11/2009 06:56:03 PM
Very nice job. The snow really adds to the stormy feel.
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03/11/2009 03:28:12 PM
great composition, and nice shot
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03/11/2009 02:28:56 PM
Such a beautiful shot. Reminds me of a favorite child hood poem

The north wind doth blow
and we shall have snow
but what will poor robin do then?
He'll sit in the barn
and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing
poor thing

Although this is a cardinal, it made me remember a happy time with my mom read that poem to me. The movement of the snow and her touch of crimson is lovely against the arched steel gray of the "perch."
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03/11/2009 01:27:09 PM
Excellent!
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03/11/2009 01:00:02 PM
great cardinal capture, love the blowing snow and then the snow that's sitting in her, great detail in the feathers, she's watching you
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03/11/2009 12:14:22 PM
Beautiful shot
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03/11/2009 10:17:19 AM
So stoic! Nice pose capture and sharpness,
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03/11/2009 09:19:39 AM
Very nice shot. A bit more sharpening and contrast would make this picture perfect.
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03/11/2009 09:08:28 AM
Must have been a long shutter speed.
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03/11/2009 08:07:58 AM
Nice photo!
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03/11/2009 05:47:03 AM
nice shot
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03/11/2009 03:34:51 AM
Lovely shot, the bird has great detail and really pops
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03/11/2009 01:41:11 AM
sweet soft little birdie.. and I don't even like birds that much. Lighting is great too! 7
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03/11/2009 01:28:10 AM
Isn't this the blue ribbon for national geographic challenge ?
A great shot!
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03/11/2009 01:11:46 AM
hmmm this looks very familiar...excellent shot, bracing..
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03/11/2009 01:02:03 AM
Gorgeous bird. Gorgeous picture.
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