Thursday, May 8, 2014

Indian Chief

This male cardinal wins the prize for the most unusual head feathers. I was fortunate to have captured this somewhat whimsical moment when the normally pointed topknot was separated into its individual feathers.

It provided a comical view and resulted in a unique image.

The bird stands out from the background partly because of his color, and partly because of shallow depth of field. He and the branches are sharp, while everything else is soft. Shallow depth of field is achieved by using a large lens aperture of approximately f/4 or f/5.6.

The slight oblique angle of the bird, complemented by the opposing oblique angle of the branch, helps to form an interesting composition. So depth of field, color contrast, and positioning of the visual elements combine to create a pleasing image with a comical twist.

Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.  Aperture f/8.  ISO 800.  Lens: Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS set at 400mm.  Camera: Canon 5D Mark III.  Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”  --Henry Ward Beecher

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