And then in a dark moment she left (Three Photographs)
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In my experience to get shots of a female cardinal is pure luck; they like hiding and staying out sight. I got a few moments to capture this bird. It meant not having much time to assess the light and adjust. The photos were warmer than was natural and this affected the color. I adjusted white balance to correct this, 4500 kelvin to 6500 kelvin. Once that was done I took care of a color-cast with saturation adjustments and I made adjustments to the exposure. And finally I took the shot of the cardinal just before it flew off and turned it into a black and white, just for the fun of it.