Winter Colors


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Title     Winter Colors
Photographer     michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Critters
F-stop     f/8
Shutter speed     1/500 sec
Categories     Animal
Nature
Avian
Lens     Canon 100-400 L
Camera     Canon EOS 7D
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     December 14, 2012 2:25:01 PM CST
Views     546
Rating     10 Thumb-up

A male cardinal decked out in his beautiful red colors for the approaching Winter.

December 14th, 2012, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jquinn2851/Jo (2,054) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 6:27:03 PM CST (4)

I love this photo. Your capture is beautiful and the colors are amazing. I can see why you really don't want to clone the branch. If you clone the branch to the left, what would be the reason for the dark shadow across the birds neck.. so it has to stay and I agree with you..I like it natural looking too. Thank you for posting. Best Regards, Jo

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From michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 7:35:50 PM CST

Thanks, Jo.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from otherjpt/Jim (3,284) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 5:34:07 PM CST (4) Early critique

Cloned the branch out of the photo and I agree with the prior comments. Does look better without it. Nevertheless great capture. What focal length and tripod or hand held? Wish I had taken it. JimT

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From michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 7:37:47 PM CST

I cloned out the branch in another version not uploaded. Both have their points. Thanks for your comments.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from ssal/Alex (38,714) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 5:33:53 PM CST (3) Early critique

Great job in catching that hard-to-get cardinal. Very nice handling of the red. Proper exposure and good focus.

The background is a bit too bright and contrasty making it cluttered. I would add a mask and even out the contrast a bit.

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From michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 7:38:21 PM CST

Thanks Alex.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from olmosfamily/Enrique (43,621) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 3:37:59 PM CST (3) Early critique

You nailed the bird, Michael. The only element that's distracting is that one branch adjacent to his head. Could you have cloned it off? Would have looked far better it you could have. Cheers, Rick.

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From michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 4:31:29 PM CST

I like the natural look to the photo and the stark looking branches as opposed to the colorful cardinal. But yes, the branches could easily be cloned out.

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Thumb-up Thumb-up    from lunanightwynd/Sonja (1,654) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 2:32:20 PM CST (4) Early critique

Michael - nice capture. The colors are very good even in shadow. DoF & focus are spot on. My only grumble is the he is too centered. Maybe crop it more rectangle than square. TFS. Blessings, Sonja

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From michaelcastellano/Michael (74,825) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 2:48:54 PM CST

Thanks, Sonja. Centered seemed like the best crop for this one. I wanted to include the full lifeless branch in opposition to the cardinal.

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From olmosfamily/Enrique (43,621) This user is a Premium Member Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 3:40:45 PM CST

Wrote my critique before I read your comment but can not understand why you wanted to include an element that is not pleasing to the eye and provides a point of interest away from your main subject. I don't my the centering at all as the bird is very well done and immediately attractive.

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