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Old Jan 14, 2005, 6:04 PM   #1
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I was late getting home from work today (as usual) but I managed to get this one shot before the little guy left for the night. It was just about dark and Iwas hand holding because I didn't take the time to get my tripod out. It's a little soft so I couldn't crop any closer. Hope you all like it. All comments very much appreciated.

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Old Jan 14, 2005, 6:21 PM   #2
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Sure, it could be sharper, but I really like how you caught the essence of what a Cardinal is to most people - a bright splash of red color among the leaves! It's always nice to see a shot of these guys again as I don't get them out west where I live...
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Old Jan 14, 2005, 10:02 PM   #3
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Sure, it could be sharper, but I really like how you caught the essence of what a Cardinal is to most people - a bright splash of red color among the leaves! It's always nice to see a shot of these guys again as I don't get them out west where I live...
Thanks Geoffs.

I'm beginning to get the hang of the 420EX a little. It makes for a nice looking picture with the black background and colorful subjects doesn't it. Right now I'm spending a lot of time looking for the best price on a 100-400L. The best I've seen is around 1195.00. If you know where there is something better let me know. I am going to get one. Just got to have it.
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Houston, you might try looking at the For Sale forum up at the Fred Miranda site (www.fredmiranda.com). I've seen some 100-400L's for sale at times up there and you might get a good deal. I think Normcar buys used lenses at that site...
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I like the way you got that guy to stand out against the background. But,
something I see here is a similar problem that I have with my Rebel, and
I think may be endemic to the camera. Under high lighting conditions, reds
seem to oversaturate and blow out detail. I've noticed it in wildflower photos
I have taken. Everything in the frame will be perfectly exposed, but reds
will tend to get oversaturated and blown out. Anyone else seen this?
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Old Jan 15, 2005, 10:59 AM   #6
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I like the way you got that guy to stand out against the background. But,
something I see here is a similar problem that I have with my Rebel, and
I think may be endemic to the camera. Under high lighting conditions, reds
seem to oversaturate and blow out detail. I've noticed it in wildflower photos
I have taken. Everything in the frame will be perfectly exposed, but reds
will tend to get oversaturated and blown out. Anyone else seen this?
I thought that was my problem and not the camera. But I went back and looked at all of the male cardinals that I have taken (don't shoot much of anything but birds) and you are right about that. I wonder if using Exposure compensation will help. I'll try it when I can and see.

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Yes, in fact I just last night bought a 70-200 L non-IS for $835.00 shipped to Canada. It's a good buy and sell forum and goes exceptionally fast so there are continuous new posts. I see 100-400s coming up on a regular basis, but rarely for less than what you found Houston. That's a good price as long as the lens is in good shape.
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