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What Happened to My Berries?



I was shooting birds near a feeder from my tent when I looked to a different part of the yard and saw this cardinal... he stayed just long enough for a couple q...
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I was shooting birds near a feeder from my tent when I looked to a different part of the yard and saw this cardinal... he stayed just long enough for a couple quick shots, then moved.
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GoldenRose82
 
GoldenRose82 March 07, 2013
Another great capture!
tracyjames
 
tracyjames August 28, 2013
Wow! I love this!
eskimotwila
 
eskimotwila February 07, 2014
Outstanding contrast, clarity and composition...well done! Voted
susannejordan
 
susannejordan February 25, 2014
Gorgeous!! Congrats!!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 25, 2014
Awesome capture - with the Cardinal too! Couldn't have worked out better! Congrats on being a finalist!
Bannekh
 
Bannekh February 25, 2014
Nice shot
betoaguilar
 
betoaguilar February 25, 2014
Amazing shot!!
RavIvar
 
RavIvar February 25, 2014
Wow...what a capture....
TraceElementsPhotography
 
TraceElementsPhotography February 25, 2014
This is a beauty! Well done and congrats on being a finalist. I hope you win!
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn February 25, 2014
A-MAZING!
chrissy2rn
 
chrissy2rn February 25, 2014
Ps: You've already won in my book. :) #"winning"
TinaPalermo
 
TinaPalermo February 25, 2014
Love, Love this shot!
Joey_Howard
 
Joey_Howard February 25, 2014
Congrats, nice photo.
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 February 25, 2014
great capture, congrats
Colbabe
 
Colbabe February 26, 2014
Amazing, love this so so much
ArtQ
 
ArtQ February 26, 2014
Congrats on you finalist award.
tauragon
 
tauragon February 26, 2014
Awesome! Congratulations!
SongbirdStudioPhotography PRO+
 
SongbirdStudioPhotography February 28, 2014
just STUNNING!! :)
shema PRO
 
shema February 28, 2014
superb!
Joebo PRO+
 
Joebo March 02, 2014
Great shot mate. Joe :-)
cilla8 PRO
 
cilla8 March 02, 2014
Great Capture! Congrats on Award
alanasisk
 
alanasisk October 07, 2015
This is gorgeous! And would make a great entry for my "Accent with Red Photo Challenge". Just go to my profile, challenges, then created. Wonderful composition and detail! Love it!
edandaniphone Premium
 
edandaniphone November 14, 2015
Wow.
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake February 22, 2016
Love this ! Congrats !
katmeyer
 
katmeyer February 22, 2016
What an amazing photo! I love it!
Tammyburrell
 
Tammyburrell February 22, 2016
Wow !!! Love this so much.
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 February 22, 2016
What a Photographer's DREAM Shot!!!!!!!
Fabulous capture! Kudos!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 February 23, 2016
What a wonderful capture. Gorgeous photo. Congratulations on being a finalist!
paulaanasimoes
 
paulaanasimoes February 23, 2016
What a fantastic shot
Pamelabole PRO
 
Pamelabole March 11, 2016
Wow....amazing shot!!! Love it!!! And congrats on your well deserved award!!! : )
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 11, 2016
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 March 11, 2016
WOW !!!!Congratulations !!!
[....told you]
moniqueelferink
 
moniqueelferink March 13, 2016
Great one! funny, great topic, wonderful shot!
thrumyeyes2016
 
thrumyeyes2016 April 05, 2016
The tree and berries alone is stunning - add the cardinal and it is a masterpiece!! Great shot!!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 29, 2016
Amazing capture
DarwinsBloodhound PRO
 
DarwinsBloodhound February 04, 2017
That is amazing.
Immortelle
 
Immortelle February 23, 2018
May I invite you to Anything in Ice Photo Challenge?)))

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in my backyard in East-Central Iowa. We had just been hit with the biggest ice storm in years and luckily for me, the red berries were still hanging on my Washington Hawthorne tree. Typically the birds have already eaten them all by this time of year (mid-December). I used a camping tent as a blind and was actually photographing birds in a different part of the yard. Luckily this flash of red caught my eye and I turned the camera and took 2 shots before he flew.
Time
I took this about 4:00 p.m. in mid-December nearly 10 years ago.
Lighting
The sky was overcast. I did not use flash since the bird was about 75 feet away.
Equipment
For this shot, I used a Canon 5D body with 100-400mm lens on Bogen 3221 tripod with 3055 ball head.
Inspiration
I have always loved shooting images of birds. Like I said above, I was actually set up to shoot birds near a feeder in a different part of the yard, when I got lucky and caught a glimpse of this male cardinal landing in the tree.
Editing
I didn't use any special processing other than the RAW conversion, a little cropping and fine-tuning of the color/ white balance.
In my camera bag
I use a F-Stop Gear Ajna photo backpack and admittedly carry way too much gear into the field :-) I have two camera bodies: Canon 5D Mark III, and the 7D Mark II. For lenses, I have a 100-400mm, 180mm macro, 24-105mm and 16-35mm. I have a set of extension tubes to aid in close focusing and also a 36 inch sliver/ gold reflector for adding a little fill light. My current tripod is a Gitzo 2531 with a RRS BH-40 ball head. In addition, I also have spare batteries, memory cards, etc.
Feedback
First of all, I suggest getting outside even if the weather is not ideal. Many of my best shots come from days when I almost stayed in the house rather than getting outside to explore. In the case of this cardinal, I wish I had moved one of my bird feeders nearer to the ice covered tree and I might have had some even better photo opportunities!

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