Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

A little birdie told me to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day! Ladies, I hope someone sends you flowers or candy or another wonderful treat. Guys, please step up to the plate and send your favorite person the flowers or candy mentioned above! And oh yeah, ladies don't forget to get a little something special for the special people in your life as well. After all, fair is fair!

This beautiful male cardinal (in his Valentine red outfit, of course) struck the perfect pose for just a brief moment. The dead log he was perched on had been filled with bird seed to attract whatever wild birds were in the vicinity, so I set up my tripod and waited. Sure enough, several songbirds of various species came to enjoy the food.

While I took several shots, this one with his head cocked slightly had the most appeal. Exposure was difficult with the brightly lit evergreen tree sparkling in the sunlight behind him. As always, Lightroom came to the rescue. After just a couple of minutes work, the brightness in the background was tamed, the red color was enhanced, and he was ready for prime time!

Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.  Aperture f/8.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 200-400mm f/4L with Canon 2x extender for an effective focal length of 630mm.  Camera: Canon 7D Mark II.  Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff ballhead and Wimberley Sidekick.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."   --Robert Heinlein

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