Male Cardinal

© Shelley Sanders

Male Cardinal

Rick Riddle 2/23/2003 6:31:18 PM

This is a Great Great Photo.Good Job. #23922

Shelley Sanders

Rick, thanks for the compliment! Coming from a bird photog, it means a bunch! Took a peek at your gallery. Your stuff is good! Animals are very difficult for me, domesticated, wild, caged whatever, so I was real pleased with this. I also caught a red bellied woodpecker which was usually elusive to me. #58255

Ruth Denton

Wonderful shot! #58260

Evy Johansen

Great shot, Shelley!
Evy, DK #58261

Karen Seargeant

EXCELLANT capture! Love the red against the white. #58282

Joy Brown

Awesome, Shelley! #58288

Cathy M. Gromball

Wonderful shot, Shelley! I love it!

Cathy :) #58308

Murry Grigsby

Nice find, Shelley. I love male cardinals in the snow! What's with this little guy's feather--bad feather day? #58453

Shelley Sanders

Thanks everyone! Murry, his feather was being blown by the wind. Can you believe ISO 50? Do you guys think I should clone that out, today it looks odd to me! LOL #58518

Murry Grigsby

Shelley, I always clone out these little imperfections. I guess I'm not a purist :0) #58521

Shelley Sanders

Well from one non-purist to another, I will try that then! : ) I forgot to show my woodpecker, not really contest material, but I was excited. #58530

Cathy M. Gromball

You're kidding, right, Shelley? Your woodpecker shot is dynamic, and is absolutely contest material! I sure hope you post it!

Cathy :) #58546

Shelley Sanders

Cathy, that's sweet and I thank you. I really am happy that I caught it, especially with my camera and no telephoto, but it's flat to me. The cardinal, trust me, won't go to finals either! LOL There are much better bird shots out there, and I will be the first to admit it, birds are not my forte'! LOL #58551

Cathy M. Gromball

Nope, nope, nope - I won't let you get off that easy! I pulled the shot up in full view again, and it's definitely not flat. The diagonal of the tree gives movement to the shot, and the position of the woodpecker shows he's ready to start working. The composition, lighting, sharpness, exposure, DOF, detail, colors and texture in the tree are perfect! All of this, of course, is my expressed opinion, and I am sure I am not alone!

The Cardinal is beautiful, too! I couldn't decide on whether I would clone out the feather or not. It looks cute sticking out! Either way, it's a wonderful shot!

Cathy :) #58557

Shelley Sanders

Cathy, I will enter it tomorrow, now call off the BetterPhoto goons! LOL Maybe we could have a side wager on how these birds do! LOL #58563

Cathy M. Gromball

Thank you for conceding, Shelley! Bets, anyone?

Cathy :) #58569

Murry Grigsby

Shelley, the woodpecker is a great find and well composed. These guys are rare to spot let alone get a nice shot like this. I'd clone out the left side to almost a solid light color or put a soft oval around the photo. Heck this is a keeper!! #58628

Gary H. Minish

Both of these are excellent photos, Shelly! #58800

Kathleen Clemons

Congrats, Shelley!! #61894

Carolyn M. Fletcher

Congrats, Shelley!!! #61924

Murry Grigsby

Congrats, Shelley!! #62104

Carol Sherman

Yayyy...hearty Congratulations to you Shelley!!! #62391

Karen Seargeant

CONGRATS, Shelley! #62679

Dale Douthit

Congrats, Shelly!!! I really love the feel of this photograph. Male Cardnals are so stunning with a snow background.
Keep them coming. #62699

Linda G. Yee

Congrats, Shelly! This is a beautiful photo. That's one thing I love about winter, you can really get a good shot at some of the smaller birds that are often covered by leaves other times of the year. The combination of the bright red male cardinal against the white snow is awesome! #62837

Dolores Neilson

And here you were doggin on yourself for what you perceive to be weakness in animal photography! NOT! THis is terrific! AND DESERVES to win! Super shot, my dear Shelley! #62971

Shelley Sanders

Thanks everyone! Looks like I owe Cathy some money!LOL #63436

Guy D. Biechele

Great catch, Shelley! Red cardinal on snow - really a winter icon. Congrats. +Guy #63455

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Uploaded on 2/23/2003 5:13:50 PM Photo Contest Finalist

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