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The Red Cardinal at ISO800

The Red Cardinal at ISO800
Photo Information
Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4.4, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-07 12:02
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 40
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hello friends, this morning the luminosity was bad
but even knowing that my camera can not perform
in bad luminosity i obstinate myself (je me suis entêté)
to go and to do bird photographyng, and today
i decide to do a test with shooting at ISO800,
every photo i have shot was « infected » by very
bad digital noise, this photo was the only
one that i could give a removal of the noise...

photo shot with my Fujifilm bridge camera,
in RAW, with Flash correction + 0.7, ISO800

i am no more shooting at ISO800

from the All About Birds website :


« The male cardinal fiercely defends its breeding
territory from other males. When a male sees its
reflection in glass surfaces, it frequently will spend
hours fighting the imaginary intruder.

Brighter red males hold territories with
denser vegetation, feed at higher rates,
and have greater reproductive success
than duller males. »



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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-07 12:13]

Hi Asbed.
I welcome your use of ISO 800. Sometimes it is a great deal. You managed to freeze a fine bird at very nice pose. And sharpness of the image is super as well as colour rendition. You also managed to compose the image very well despite the flying object. Your in-flight series is terrific. TFS and all the best for you.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-07 12:16]

Hi Asbed. Not an easy thing to do when the light is so low. But you have done well. You enjoy capturing birds in flight . Bright colours and timming. well done TFS.

Hello Asbed,
another very beautiful picture of the in-flight series, i like the vivid colours of the Red Cardinal, you have captured a wonderful posture of the bird, very well done.
best regards

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-07 12:33]

Bonjour Asbed !
Même si la lumière était mauvaise, vous avez réussi à tirer le meilleur de votre ISO800, parfois on n'a pas le choix, on est obligé d'en venir là. Et dans ce cas-là, le résultat est agréable malgré les conditions difficiles. L'oiseau rouge vif ressort très bien sur le fond grisâtre, j'aime bien sa pose, il est difficile de les capturer en plein vol mais vous y avez très bien réussi. Félicitations !

Hi Asbed, excellent capture of this beauty in-flight in low light condition.
TFS and cheers,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-07 12:57]

Hi Asbed,
Simply perfect.Colors,BG and 3D effect and timing are wonderful.Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Asbed
The light may have been low but you still pulled of a superbly executed capture at Iso 800. Iso 800 is rarely used in any camera due to the high noise levels it can produce especially on inflights.
Looking at the shooting details you achieved a 1/2000 shutter which you could have easily dropped to 1/500 thus creating a lower iso...perhaps Iso 200 and achieved the same sharp details on the subject and reduced the noise considerably.
I personally think that Inflight photography is a great a great challenge and you are a master at it.
My Best Regards

Beautiful...your best in flight! Perfect in many ways...and still carries that Asbed Touch!


Another great in flight catch. You got the color and wing motion just right. If you get a chance to look at my site tomorrow, I am posting a picture of a Cardinal just leaving the branch. The 2 shots would work well together. I like that you gave the plenty of room to fly out of the picture.

I to have trouble with noise in my pictures even at ISO 400.


Dear Asbed,
Despite of bad luminosity you could capture this beautiful bird so well panned keeping the object slightly left off centered. Very well timed shot with excellent POV & bird's wings distal blurr. TFS

Bonsoir Asbed,
Wow! un cardinal un de mes oiseaux préférée que j'aimerais bien photographier et surtout pour le plaisir de le voir . Magnéfique capture en plein vol de cet oiseau rouge flamboyant et une netettée de l'image parfait ainsi que la composition.Bravo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-08 1:42]

Hello Asbed,
Very good result by using ISO 800. The noise level is very low. Excellent contrasting colours in a wonderful composition.

Hi Asbed,
A nice flying action capture of this beautiful northern cardinal. Superb composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-08 3:39]

Hello Asbed,
Your use of ISO 800 paid off and your noise management is successful. The result is a fine capture of a male Northern Cardinal in flight taken from a great POV with excellent timing and a striking contrast against the grey wintery BG.
Nice one and TFS!

Ciao Asbed, great capture of fantastic red carinal in great fly, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Excelente conjunto Asbed, y más teniendo en cuenta la dificultad de la toma a un pequeño pájaro en vuelo y con poca luz. Fondo apropiado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Bonjour Asbed,
J'avais raté cette superbe photo de cardinal en vol
C'est une de tes meilleures photos d'oiseaux en vol

Nicely timed in-flight capture Asbed! The Cardinal stands out nicely from the slightly duller forest background. Good job!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-11 22:34]

Bonjour Asbed!

Je me suis arrêté à cette image car elle est non seulement intéressante du point de vue technique, mais elle me plaît aussi pour son impact. Cette tache rouge qui évolue sur un fond gris est très bien vue. L'image a un côté irréel qui intrigue agréablement.



Hi Asbed,

A good capture of the red cardinal inflight which is difficult to do. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the bird. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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