Male Northern Cardinal

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© Andrea Petersen
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UploadedJanuary 10, 2013
TakenJanuary 10, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/200 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length185 mm

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The eye of him hath seen me. Job 7: 8

I'll admit no matter what camera I use, it is very challenging to focus through two window panes plus a sheet of weatherized plastic over the outside storm window on the south side of our house where we have the bigger feeder. Truthfully, my simple old NikonD 40X so far works better that way for me on the manual setting with the telephoto lens, to focus through that much glass and plastic than my complex new Nikon D 7000. Until we take the plastic off the window this spring, I am going to use my old camera this winter (which is lighter weight) for shooting macro shots on birds such as this cardinal picture I shot today.. I prefer using the new camera for other types of shots... Just wanted to touch base, in case you are wondering why I sometimes revert back to my old NikonD 40X:) Whichever camera works the best for whatever situation is the one I use.. After all is said and done, I need to study my new book that I got for a Christmas present on "Mastering the Nikon D7000."

21 responses

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    love how the background swirl enhances the form and flow of the bird

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Whatever works and this certainly did...An exquisite cardinal capture!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Very beautiful specimen, Andrea! Great capture!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Splendid! Very challenging indeed... You have done it great!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Handsome Mr. Cardinal! Looks like he is bowing to you or peering into the window, wondering if you are standing there with your camera! I use my D60 exclusively with a longer focal lens and like it that way. I keep it next to my office window and wait patiently for good shots of birds (about 2 per seaon).`

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (10 Jan 2013):

    Thank you all for your comments...Donald, I was sitting at a lower angle when I shot this picture and the cardinal was bending over to look at me.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Excuse me, but wo are YOU !!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Your windows and weatherizing plastic just add to the photos. It makes nice textures. The Cardinal seems to be looking for you : )

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (10 Jan 2013):

    Nice color. I like his attitude. He looks curious.

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    love cardinals -- super capture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Jan 2013):

    Peep a boo! i see you looking at me.

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    Perfect capture!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    Fabulous shot well spotted

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    its looking at sweet!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    You get the best bird shots!

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (11 Jan 2013):

    Wonderful work. Use the tool that can get the job done. It's not the camera, it's the eye and you have a good eye.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon said (11 Jan 2013):

    A splendid pose he gave you, too! It adds an extra special element to see such interaction in a wonderful capture like this. I can`t get over what remarkable detail and tones you achieved under the circumstances, Andrea.. that`s quite a challenge, especially with bird shots. Just an awesome capture of this most beautiful fellow!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    Love the swirls and his pose. Yes, the D7000 is far more complex than the D40X. So many features and heavier, but love it.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (12 Jan 2013):

    Thank you all for the comments.. Deborah, .I also love the D7000, but I prefer leaving the
    telephoto lens on my lighter weight old Nikon D40X for closeup bird pictures rather than to keep interchanging lens.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (12 Jan 2013):

    A most curious cardinal and a beauty!

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    Great pose and a lovely red winter outfit

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