Cardinal Rule

Cardinal Rul

f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-100, 300mm

I spend a large portion of my photography time in the wild, but I don’t do a lot of wildlife shots. Partly I don’t think I’m very good at it, and partly I haven’t really caught the knack of catching wildlife when it’s interesting. I stumble around like a rhino in rainboots, scaring everything within a mile, before I every have a chance to lift the camera to my eye.

I spotted this colorful cardinal when I just happened to have my 300mm mounted to the body, and got a couple of quick shots before he flew out of sight. They were badly over-exposed as I was so excited to actually have him in the frame that I forgot to, you know, check the exposure. I believe the over exposure was the cause of the chromatic aberration you see here. It was actually much worse, but I toned it down considerable just by ratcheting down the purple saturation to nearly nothing. The light is all wrong for the subject, yada yada. But before you think I’m being too hard on myself, bear in mind I don’t post things here that I’m totally ashamed of. But I do think it’s valuable to cast a critical eye on my own work.

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  1. Cardinal Guzman May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    As a Cardinal, I guess I should follow cardinal rules! 😀

    I’m not into wildlife photographing eihter. The closest I get to nature is when I ride my bicycle through the forest, and then I don’t have my camera – just a small Canon Ixus compact digital stashed away in a pocket or in my backpack.
    The animals would be gone before I’d be ready!
    I live in a city (well, actually it’s more like a village on steroids) and naturally this reflects in my photos.

    • AJBopp May 2, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      I live in a pretty rural area, but never quite got the hang of spotting wildlife. I sure to appreciate those who can manage it though!

  2. Bella Remy Photography May 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    But you got the shot regardless ! Love the Rhino in rainboots comment.

    • AJBopp May 2, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      hehe…thanks! 🙂

  3. Beedie May 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Wildlife photographer or not – you certainly captured a beauty in this shot…and great composition. I love this photo!

    • AJBopp May 2, 2012 at 8:18 am #

      Thank you! It was quite a surprise to actually catch a bird in my frame for once!

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