I start thinking about the birds around this time every year when my Christmas Card comes to mind. My attention wanes during the spring and summer when I am more focused on what we’re growing here and of course the beach and the sound which are always uppermost in my mind.
I use a photograph of a Cardinal on my Christmas Card every year which I send to old friends and clients and what bird better conveys the holiday season than a male Northern Cardinal in his new red suit. These guys are my choice for this year. They were braving the cold snap in a bare River Birch Tree here on the farm. I caught them with a Nikon D7100 coupled to a Nikon 70-300 mm lens which on the small sensor D7100 is the equivalent of a 400 mm plenty of power to bring him up close and personal. My cards won’t go out until the second week of December but for all of you, an early peek.
Need I say this photograph and the entire collection of Cardinals and hundreds of other shots are available for cards or prints or framed shots etc via my web site. Just click on “John Harding Art Prints” and off you go.
Hope I’m not wearing you out with Cardinals. I must have a hundred shots of them from the two winter storms we’ve had. I did want to post this one though because it looks like he’s shed a tear. Just an ice pellet that stuck just below his eye. Nikon D7100. 300mm Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.
It was just a trace. Barely enough to coat the ground. But it was snow, something we have not seen here in several years. By Wednesday afternoon it was pretty much gone except for a few patches of “seed snow”. Perhaps it will spike the clouds and give us another taste.
I ventured down to my makeshift bird blind here on the farm before sunrise, spread some sunflower seeds around and hunkered down for the Cardinals to arrive. For me, the sight of a scarlet red Male Northern Cardinal in the snow is a special treat. It didn’t take long for them to show up. I fired off over 150 shots. This is one of them.
I used the small sensor Nikon D7100 and a 300mm full frame lens which on the small sensor translates into a 1.5 crop factor. In effect, it makes the 300mm lens a 450mm. More than enough to crank the image of this boy from about 25-30 feet away.