I saw him and grabbed the camera. He flew off the feeder and I was sure I’d lost him. “Come back oh please come back,” I begged. And suddenly, he reappeared on the deck rail. It was nearly dark and my long lens is not fast. Not fast enough to shoot anything clearly when it is already twilight. I took a few pictures anyway before he flew off. By then, it was nearly dark.

You never know how the picture will turn out. My Cardinal. Not as red as he will be come summertime, but he’s getting started.

And with a nod to me, my Cardinal flew away.

When I put the card into the reader, the pictures looked pretty dark and fuzzy, but surprisingly, they were better than they looked at first. glance. Out of 10 shots, three I deleted as too dark, too fuzzy. or both. The rest became pictures and not bad at all. I will be happier when we have more light. They day is very short and by the time the birds come for the last meal which is normally my best time for taking pictures because the sun is not directly in my face, it’s turning dark. Another hour of light would be appreciated.

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  1. wow you’d never know you had snapped these so quickly – lovely shots

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    • What I was amazing was that it was very close to dark when I took them using a telephoto lens set to maximum f4! I wasn’t sure I’d get anything, so imagine my surprise πŸ˜€

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      • just shows how good a photographer you are Marilyn πŸ˜€


        • And what a great lens it is! I paid the higher price for it too, but it has been worth every penny. For an F4 lens, it shoots in light that in theory, it shouldn’t work. This is a Panasonic lens that fits my 4/3 Olympus They make an equivalent lens — which I also have — but the Panny is a much much better lens. Also, just got the not new but not old Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2 (there’s a mark 3 out, but that’s way out of my price range). The EM1 is VERY fast which also hat helps, too.

          Low light shooting is a lot easier with faster lenses πŸ˜€

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      • Appears the cardinal saw you in pic #2 and decided to go on the lam. Maybe he’s a bird of interest.

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  2. We don’t get really striking birds where I live. It’s all pigeons and seagulls and starlings. A nice flash of bright red would be nice!


    • This time of year, the ONLY bright bird we get is the Cardinal. The bright yellow Goldfinches are almost dull green until spring and the migratory birds are down south. We get lots of starlings, Mourning Doves, Nuthatches, Chickadees … the usual crowd. Around April or May, suddenly the bright birds begin to show up. It’s winter and it snowed last night. The birds aren’t ready and frankly, neither am I!


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