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Mid-Air High Stepping

Mid-Air High Stepping
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-02 14:28
Viewed: 4025
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Senor Rojo is still around. This summer he raised a few babies. I watched him teach his son to hop from limb to limb. Maybe that was flying. The male cardinals take an active role in child-rearing. I also noticed that during the winter months, the males aren't nearly as territorial. They cluster together out here by the house. But my little friend here will not let another male on his feeder. He seems to be quite friendly with the Titmouses...or is that Tit Mice? ha ha I dunno.

Anyway, I wanted to share this interesting pose with you all. I wish I could have used a faster shutter speed but the sky is cloudy today.

CeltickRanger, bobair, Alex99, iris, haraprasan, matatur, peter_stoeckl, oscarromulus, marhowie, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
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hello Angelina

i am not understanding what happened,
because i taught i wrote you a critique
and now 30 minutes later i don't see my critique,

here it is again my critique, excellent shot of the Red Cardinal,
i always love their glance, like the one in this image,
shot with fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness
and details, and the catch-light render the image more beautiful,



Hi Angelina,
well this bird does have very vivid colour and like your note says would of benefited from a faster shutter speed as it does look soft.The point of view does make for an interesting pose and it shows just how well he can hold on to the branch with only one foot.Titmouses or Titmice,that is funny!
Try these on for size: One moose is a moose but more than one could be meese as is the case with geese when one is a goose.A policeman is a policeman and is a member of the police but one policeman could also be a polouse so it fallows more than one grouse might be grice,'aint English nice.You live in a house but live in more than one wouldn't you call them hice?Just a little silliness on my part,Angelina.Have a great new year as it looks like you are certainly on your way.Thanks for sharing and the little humorous bit about the collective noun name for the Titmouse,loved it! Bob

Hello Angelina

I have been trying to figure out what Sr Rojo is doing here.
A very good capture with very good detail.
The plumage definition is terrific.
Great eye detail and catch light.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-03 3:59]

Hi Angelina.
Best wishes to you and your family in 2009.
Nice winter shot with cold delicate colours and sunlight. Pose of the charming bird is really very attractive and details/sharpness are excellent as well as POV and framing of the scene.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-03 5:03]

Dear Angy,
I looked up for a New Year post from you, but couldnt find it and your appearances here, i understand has been as much rare as mine.So i thought i wil come by this one and wish you.
I guess this is one of those branch to branch crossing/hoping scenes you managed to freeze..one can see Senor trying to regain balance.But it is one shot worth the effort. We dont have these birds out here so i love them in every pose especially in their natural habitats.In this pose i really like that transparent set of feathers shown off in the balancing act.The cloudy day did give you a bit of noise in the shot but as i said this to me is worth every penny.
Hope you are doing fine and things are just busy right now.... wish you and family a peaceful and healthy 2009...
Take care

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-03 7:24]

Hello Angelina,
I'm glad you're keeping a close watch on the wildlife around you! It is always interesting to study their behaviour! This is a fine view of your friend having a stretch! A fine composition!
TFS and have a great New Year! Best wishes, Ulla

Hi Angelina,
HAPPY NEW YEAR. A lovely capture of this beautiful cardinal. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A fine action shot with reminders of a wintry day Angelina, wind-ruffled feathers of the bird make this a doubly nice presentation. TFS this fine image indeed!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-03 15:57]

Hi Angelina,not easy to have colors and details so perfects in this terrible backlight! Perfect choice of time of exposure and great point of view,have a fantastic 2009!!Luciano

Hi Angelina,
refreshingly vital capture of Senor Rojo, well captured in imposing pose. Nice little story.
Thank you! With best regards,

'Dear' Angelina,
Love birds, specially singing birds; the MALE of this species has a delightfully melodious mating call.
Great capture.
Envy you.... you are surrounded by beauty.
Mario with friendly greetings.

Hi Angelina,
Good POV of the action as Mr. Cardinal does his "branch dance" :)
Great details at 1/200th, nice color/DOF, and catch-light too..
Well done & TFS,

Nice capture and attractive action.
Parthasarathi, Delhi.

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