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Northern Cardinal (Female)

Northern Cardinal (Female)
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Copyright: Gregory Lazzaro (glazzaro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 473 W: 108 N: 1293] (4605)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: NikonD200, Nikkor 70-200mm f:2.8 D VR, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 21:34
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am back, well for a couple of days anyways. Leave on Sunday again for a week. I really hate traveling for work! I went out for about an hour at lunch time, was hoping to catch sight of the Blue Bunting again, no luck, didn't show. However this little lady did and she look so good against the green fern BG. Hope you like it, will see you out on the site.


Camera Setup:

Location: Middletown, Delaware (Backyard)
Weather: Overcast Skies
Tripod: Yes
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 70-200 with Nikon 1.7x TC
Focal Len: 220mm
Flash: SB600 manual mode 1/32 power, Flash Extender
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
White Balance: Auto
Exposure: 0
Shutter: 1/160
F Stop: F 4.8
ISO: 250

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  • Seiei Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 30] (127)
  • [2007-05-10 21:37]

hello Gregory

Its a really nice shot that you give us.
there's a good composition, really intersting
well done

Excellent work Gregory, very nice control of DOF and lighting, this is just incredible. I like the fact that you can see every detail in the beautiful plumage. :)

Hi Greg,
Really great work here. Perfect composition and a beautiful OOF backround. Soft light and a spot on exposure have the colors and detail looking perfect. Great camera work!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-05-10 23:58]

Hi Greg,

Absolutely beautiful capture of Lady Cardinal. The pose is perfect. The colors are marvelous. You have picked up the colors of the feathers and crest wonderfully. Fine details and as always, a beautiful photo.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-11 0:07]

Hello Greg

A beautiful sharp image of this lady cardinal.Excellent eye contact and spot on focus.The DOF is well done with a superb BG.The colours are amazing.TFS


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-11 1:40]

This lady cardinal sure is posing for you, Greg.
Her colors are beautiful and further enhanced by the green BG.
Great eye contact and POV.
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-05-11 1:48]

Hello Gregory,
This bird is so lovely on its branch. He seems real on my screen.
The "+++" : Samrt composition, subject, pose, colors, sharpness, DOF, nice blurred BG, exposure...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-11 3:08]

Hola amigo,
Un retrato de extaordinaria belleza,
una obra de arte amigo Greg.
saludos y felicidades. TFS

great clarity, colour and composition, good stuff

Hello Gregory,
A fantastic image of this superb looking bird. The quality of the image is superb too. I am very impressed.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-11 4:28]

Hello Greg,
Top class portrait of a female Northern Cardinal with all the attributes. I tried to find some negative aspect but I can't fault it!
Well done and TFS!

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-11 4:33]

Hi Greg,
How do you manage all your models to pose so very nicely for you?
I see a difference in your stage settings, of course it only gets better and better.
Love this Lady Cardinal gracefully perched ,so many detail and what a Bg, to present that perfect contrast of red on the lady.
Splendid Composition as Always!!

TFS & Cheers

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-11 5:16]

Hello Gregory,
Stunning capture of this beautiful bird in wonderful colours against the green background. Very sharp details and a beautiful composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

bonjour gregory
toujours egale a vous même avec une qualité eblouissante,c'est a croire que les oiseaux posent pour vous avec un fond artificiel comme en studio!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-05-11 5:37]

Hi Greg,

A Superb shot, its a simple and very beautiful composition with a fine pose and POV, very good detail and excellent colours too. You certainly get some lovely visitors too your Backyard, hope your Blue Bunting comes back soon it was lovely.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Gregory,
Excellent shot
wonderful colours and sharpness
Well done

Hi Greg,

Nicely captured and well composed.
Neat on background? why?


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-11 8:21]

Hi Gregory,
Composition, and the POV is very good. I liked the pose of the northern cardinal, the focus, sharpness, details, the plumage colors and the eye contact you provided. Very well done and TFS

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-11 8:35]

salut Greg,
waooo, celle-ci est à la fois nette et douce, le travail sur le bg est extra. Magnifique position de l'oiseau.



Hi Gregory,
A fantastic image with nice BG. The quality of the image is superb.


Hello Greg,
I draw inspiration from your great work like this one, particularly when I too now "possess" a D200, though that fact in itself is of no value until you know how to take the best out of it :-).
This is a classic bird shot. What I mean is that it is pictures like this that deserve and find a place in the best possible magazines/books on birds anywhere in the world.
Thanks for sharing this great creation and best regards.

A beautiful shot.

So well framed, saturated and wonderfully sharp.

I've tried all your tricks, but I can't compare!


Hi Gregory,
This is what I call a great consolation prize!
May be the blue bunting no shows, but this gorgeous cardinal did it and in such a way.
I like very much the pose catched, we can apreciate and enjoy all their wonderful colours on the feathers, even on the beak.
May I ask, did you applyed Neat Image at the background, or made a special treatment on PP?
My compliments and thanks a lot for share it.
Best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-11 13:28]

Hi Gregory,
What a great portrait in every aspect! Colours, sharpness, pose, background... Outstanding photo!
TFS, José M.

Hello Gregory
Fantastic shot of this Northern Cardinal,
Great sharpness,lighting and compo,
Superb shot,friend TFS


This is another technical masterpiece. Beautiful work. I do feel that she seems a little small with all the background and the wide frame. A little closer crop (from top and right) may have made me more comfortable.

Evelynn : )

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-05-11 23:56]

Hi Gregory

Simply spectacular.

A great composition with excellent BG, stunning colours, remarkable sharp details, and amazing lighting. I just love it...

Great work and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-12 10:31]

Hi Greg,
amazing composition, how lucky you are capturing this bird on a single branch and without any anoying back gorund.
Looks fabulous, the colors are wonderful and the sharpness are great.
Lovely details that show of great on this contrasting BG .

She is such a beauty Greg! You captured her very sophisticated look in all its splendor! Congrats!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-13 19:53]

Gregory, this is really breathtaking.

Excellent saturation and contrast. I do enjoy the beautiful blurred bg. Excellent sharpness, pose and catchlight.

Once more, you did great.

Hello Gregory,
This little girl is so attractive, in her special posture!
Wonderful details are shown, and the colours are simply great...
Well done on the close-up work, and the background is nicely enhancing the bird!
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-15 4:36]

Hello Gregory,
Wonderful capture.POV,sharpness,clear details,blurred BG,catchlight in eyes and framing are perfect.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-05-15 5:33]

Fantastique photo de cet oiseau.Bravo pour la pose et les magnifique couleurs. Superbe qualité d'image.

Great image, Greg.
As always...
Technically superb....studio work is never far away...
Also in terms of postprocessing of course...a well done photograph.
And you certainly have the Naomi's among the birds at your disposal.
Well done

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-18 7:42]

Hi Gregory, I have just stumbled upon your magnificent photographs, I am glad I went browsing. This shot is superb in every way. It's a fine composition. Lighting, colours and tones and details are excellent. Nice and sharp. Wonderful POV on the bird with perfect DOF.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-18 2:46]

Hello Gregory,
I've missed a great part of your work. This photo is really amazing. Everything is so good!
This is high quality!

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