Fun with a Cardinal (Three Photographs)

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The black and white shot was done in Tonality Pro, the color one with the head to the right is a single shot HDR with Macphun’s Aurora HDR and the third was done with Intensity Pro, where I used some effects to better isolate the bird. Due to a natural halo around the tree on the right I had to use blur effects on the background. As the title says having fun, I do a lot of reading on photography and watch a lot of videos as well. Normally my focus is not on software plug-ins as I use them sparsely, but as the noise around plugins grows I thought I would try a few things. This post was written in early April, it was below zero outside and we were threatened with a snowstorm so a bit of fun was called for.



14 responses

  1. Great shots. Love the angle of his head in the second


    May 9, 2016 at 2:32 am

  2. Cardinals are very curious and seem to be less skittish than the blue jays. Great pictures.


    May 9, 2016 at 5:41 am

    • Thanks. I have very few blue jay shots.


      May 9, 2016 at 6:08 am

      • I have seen 4 at a time at our feeders they seem to be quite territorial not wanting the others to eat at the same time. Sometimes they will all 4 arrive, chase each other off and come back one at a time.


        May 9, 2016 at 6:10 am

  3. I love the second one because of the angle of the head. So cute! Great shots.


    May 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

  4. Amazing what software can do!


    May 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  5. Now THAT’S a ballsy move, to process one in B&W *and* put it online! 🙂


    May 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

  6. Beautiful.


    May 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm

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