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Frosty Cardinal
 
 
Debbie E. Payne
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    Hi, Rita. He is gorgeous! Wish we had cardinals to photograph here in Colorado. The muted colors are the perfect foil for this colorful bird. I can see that it was snowing outside and it looks like winter has certainly arrived in your neck of the woods.

12/28/2012 9:51:29 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Very nice Rita. We too are blessed with plenty of Cardinals here. They and the blue jays are costing us a bunch with all the sunflower seeds they get through.

12/28/2012 3:46:01 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Wonderful Rita! I love how the background sets off the bright color of the bird. :) And it looks very cold there

12/28/2012 5:47:55 PM

 
Kristin Duff
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Rita I am soooooooooo envious that you have cardinals in your area...they are my favourite bird and this photo captures why to a T! Awesome, just awesome! Beautiful composition too!

12/28/2012 6:32:32 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Excellent composition, Rita. Would make a perfect Christmas card.

I think it could benefit from a pass through the raw editor though, to reduce the exposure slightly, lower the highlights, and open the shadows just a tad.

Wish we had Cardinals here. It's such a lovely sight.

12/28/2012 7:15:42 PM

 
Beth Spencer
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What a beautiful bird! We now have 3 pairs of them, only had the one last 2 years. They are the state bird of West Virginia. I look forward to seeing the edits Dale suggested.

12/28/2012 7:24:13 PM

 
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Great shot Rita! Love the composition on this one! And the DOF is great too!

12/28/2012 7:31:38 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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I agree with Dale that the exposure could be brought down a tad, otherwise, looks good!

12/28/2012 8:05:47 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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thank you so much everyone...love the cardinals especially when it is snowing they just pop against the white snow. we got 7 inches on thursday and expecting another 4 or 5 before noon tomorrow. I need to get up early to take pictures of all the birds.

here is the edit suggestion my dale

12/28/2012 10:06:44 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks for the edit, Rita. But would like to see a little more. Still losing details in the snow and in the feathers. I would guess adding about 25% to 35% of what you've already done, to the edited image.

12/28/2012 11:43:43 PM

 
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ok here is one more try.

12/29/2012 7:54:54 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Love it! Such a wonderful winter image. Well done.

12/29/2012 9:02:51 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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Your last edit looks great!

12/29/2012 12:43:19 PM

 
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Cardinals are such gorgeous birds. The last edit is perfect :)

12/29/2012 5:30:13 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Rita -- this image just keeps getting better each time I see it.

12/29/2012 5:32:43 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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The last edit looks great

12/29/2012 6:11:05 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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thnaks everyon for getting back to this one. I like the last one too.

12/30/2012 8:26:00 AM

 
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