Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Pentax / Samsung dSLR, K Mount Mirrorless

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Nov 30, 2009, 9:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
Marc Langille's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 144
Default Northern Cardinals - a nice surprise

Rule #1: Low light, below reciprocal FL shutter speeds, mid-ISO and birding photography generally don't mix...

I didn't have an opportunity to do much of what I wanted last week, although I managed to sneak in a few shots at the end of the day. I would never recommend photographing birds when the sun is barely above the horizon - the light is very low, the shadows are becoming more prevalent. Regardless, here are the attempts I came back with - it's good that they are becoming a bit (but not much) used to me...

Northern Cardinal (male) #1:


Cropped to 2386 x 2032 for better composition/framing. Those are the actual wing feather details, untouched. Sorry about the foreground branch - no choice there unless I tried cloning it out or something similar.

Northern Cardinal (male) #2:


No cropping, no sharpening, nothing - straight conversion from RAW.

Northern Cardinal (female) #1:


No cropping or sharpening. Just a bit of a global exposure boost, nothing more.

Northern Cardinal (female) #1 - cropped for details:


Cropped version is still over 3100 pixels on the long side.

Lesson learned about Rule #1: Sometimes you can be surprised by trying even when the odds are against you. I hope you enjoy these images!

Marc Langille Photography | Photography Workshops | PPG

“The camera is only a tool: the image is the product of your mind and vision.”
Marc Langille is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:11 PM   #2
Senior Member
Rodney9's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Yeronga, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Posts: 3,518

Well done, terrific detail and very pretty.


My Flickr Photos

Pentax K-5 K20D K100D
Pentax DA 55-300mm 4-5.8 ED / Pentax M 200mm F4 / Pentax Tak K 135mm 2.5 / Pentax M 100mm F4 Macro / Tamron SP AF90mm 2.8 Di Macro / Pentax M 1.7 50mm / Pentax M 2.8 28mm
Rodney9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2009, 10:26 PM   #3
Senior Member
mtngal's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Frazier Park, CA
Posts: 16,004

Wow! I'd love to know how you get shots like that under those conditions - these are incredible!
mtngal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 1, 2009, 7:47 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Perth Western Australia
Posts: 19

Beautiful detail, good DOF, all in low light! just supper shots Marc.

Angler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 1, 2009, 9:58 PM   #5
Senior Member
kashka's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Minnedosa Manitoba
Posts: 1,158

Very very nice!..You have captured perfectly colours that only nature can provide.
kashka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2009, 5:47 AM   #6
Senior Member
mole's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 8,434

Stunning as always - such amazing illustrations of the beauty of creation!

Last edited by mole; Dec 2, 2009 at 5:48 AM. Reason: (typo)
mole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2009, 7:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
bigdawg's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Thach Alabama
Posts: 14,981

Some nice ones Mark. They do like the shadows don't they.
Big Dawg
bigdawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Dec 2, 2009, 7:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
Goldwinger's Avatar
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winter Haven, Florida
Posts: 6,515

Well, just goes to show what you can get with the right gear in the right hands!
Outstanding job, Marc.

Life's a breeze on a Goldwing...
Goldwinger is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:17 PM.