Pretty in Red – Northern Cardinal

One of the prettiest, flashiest birds in this area is the Northern Cardinal, (Cardinalis cardinalis).  I photographed this male at the bird blind at San Angelo State Park when I was out there recently.  With the overcast, cloudy skies acting as a diffuser, the colors really popped.

Northern Cardinal

I photographed this bird with my Canon 7D with Canon 500mm lens mounted on my tripod.   Exposure 1/800 sec. @ f7.1, -0.3EV, ISO 1250.  Center-weighted metering and aperture priority.  Distance to subject approximately 35 feet.  Shot in RAW with post processing in Photoshop CS5.

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