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Female Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal
Photo Information
Copyright: Josh Crozier (Humanist) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 11 N: 145] (541)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Cannon EOS Rebel XTi, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 11:01
Viewed: 7674
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A female Northern Cardinal seen in Burlington. The snow was actually the start of a major snow storm - I finished shooting just in time to get home safely!

This cardinal and her mate were more tame than other cardinals that I have encountered. A friendly stranger offered some seed and that was enough to keep them close. This photo was taken as a few mallard ducks temporarily scared the cardinal away from her seed.

On interesting, and perhaps cute, fact about cardinals is their feeding behavious during mating. The male will often feed the female even when they are in situations where she could just as easily feed hereself, such as at a feeder.

PP: I processed the RAW with an eye to sharpness, increased the contrast and removed a tiny twig near the bottom that was very distracting.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-08 11:03]
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Hi Josh,

I like this beautiful bird and you got her well. The circumstances were hard I guess. Nevertheless a great shot. You sharpened it a bit to much I think. But that's my personal view. I like it more a bit soft focus.


Great, what a beautifull picture !!

Very good sharpness and colours

TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-03-08 11:52]
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Hi Josh,
looks like you been down to Hendry's sanctuary?
Excellent composition, the pose is absolutely beautiful. Superb sharp details and the colors of the cardinal stand out on this grey back ground.

Hi Josh,
I was also thinking about the sharpening?
Otherwise very moody, great compo, whatever...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-08 12:11]

Helo Josh,
Wonderful photo in fantastic colours and light. Excellent details, POV and composition. Beautiful BG.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-03-08 12:27]

Hello Josh
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Good Details and nice pose from your subject .I like that snow in the BG.
TFS Michel

hi josh
perfect focus
great composition and exposure

well done

Splendida immagine, ottimi POV e composizione, eccellenti i dettagli del piumaggio, molto belli i colori e l'atmosfera. Complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Josh,
In Quebec, we are living this major snow storm right now! We don't see anything at three feet in front us; this is the never ending winter :) This is a beautiful composition with this elegant and lovely lady. IMHO, it looks a little too sharpened as it created some noise but the picture remains beautiful. Thanks,

Hello Josh,
Great close up, excellent composition and pov, beautiful colors and superb details, fantastic sharpness and depth of field, great pose.

Hello Josh. Beautiful cardinal under the snowfall. Well managed sharpness and details of the plumage on that artistic branch. Well done and best regards. Jusni

Ahhhh...so thanks for your nice words which led me to your images...and here I thought Mario and Asbed were only bird guys in your wide swath of C...Very nicely done as all of yours appear. I am happy to make your acquaintance! 'Specially in this way!

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-08 20:40]

Hi Josh
Lovely capture
Well framed
Fine detail
Nice color, BG a little noisy
tfs jon

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-09 0:54]

Hello Josh,
Lovely capture of the female Cardinal in the snowstorm. I like her pose and the lovely colours. Great focus too and a fine soft background. A beautiful composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Josh

Great to see this female with the snow falling, very effective. Maybe she knew what was comng and was looking for somewhere to shelter, I'm sure many birds perish during such events.
Excellent composition, great exposure and excellent sharpness. Good POV and background too.


This is beautiful Josh. I love the pose and the composition with the thorny twigs and berries, and of course the falling snow. The head does look a little over sharpened on my monitor too. I touch of very low opacity blur tool on just the over sharpened areas would fix that. I wouldn't touch the nice sharp eye or beak or edges though.

Evelynn : )

Hello Josh

very beautiful shot of Lady Northern Cardinal, with a lovely pose
of the bird, excellent POV and vertical framing like the subject's pose,
lovely luminosity of the image and the female cardinal's colours,
excellent sharpness & details and that snow flakes
coming from the sky are a plus to this wonderful image, TFS


Hey Josh,
Excellent shot!
I love the sharpness and the details!And then there's the awesome OOF BG, whic really brings out the sharpness of the subject!

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