Flap Your Wings Like You Mean It

Monday's snow provided a great background for this male cardinal.

Preening
I recently read a photography article that listed a few techniques for getting sharper images - one was to have a contrasting background which allows your subject to pop. Normally when I shoot our bird feeder, the background grass is green (or recently, dead, dull winter brown). The white really makes him stand out. I happened to get lucky with him preening or flapping his wings.

The snow is almost gone now, thanks to ample sun (yay!) and slightly warmer temperatures. We are all looking forward to the start of spring!

Nancy Claeys  – (March 28, 2013 at 6:25 AM)  

I have to mention again I love that platform feeder! What a great shot and thanks for the tips Shirley. Have an awesome weekend.

Lisa Gordon  – (March 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM)  

He's so handsome, Shirley, and I love the wing motion you have captured here.

Diane Cayton-Hakey  – (March 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM)  

A most excellent photo of this red chap. :)

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (March 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM)  

I always love a photo with wing action. And Cardinals? Oh gosh, such gorgeous birds.

Helene Titsch  – (March 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM)  

He is stunning! I've seen several cardinals in the neighborhood but, unfortunately, I'm on the way to work...ugh! I need some down time so I can stalk these fellows. Outstanding photo!

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