Male Cardinal

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This male cardinal is a year round habitant of our neighborhood and a frequent visitor to our bird feeders.  On one snowy day, he sat in a pine tree just outside my window.  I quickly set up my camera with a telephoto lens.  The window had a fine layer of hoar frost, my fist was just the perfect size to melt a small window through the fost.  The telephoto lens allowed the background to be blurred and the hoar frost caste a softness to rest of the image.

This image has become a popular note card especially around the Christmas season.

Click here to see an image of a female cardinal

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7 Responses to “Male Cardinal”

  1. Ken Mitchell Says:

    Mr. Sanderson,
    I’m a fine arts artist living in Hamilton, VA, working in Oils, acrylics and watercolor. I’d love to use your “Male Cardinal” as a reference for an acrylics painting. I seek your permission to do so.
    It’s a very nice photograph and I await your return reply. Have a wonderful New Year.
    Ken…
    macexpo@comcast.net

  2. sandersonp Says:

    Please feel free to use the image as a reference. I would be delighted to see the results of your efforts

  3. Ken Mitchell Says:

    Thank you so much. I will indeed send you a photo of my finish painting.
    Again, thank you,
    Ken…
    macexpo@comcast.net

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  6. mflahertyphoto Says:

    Such an excellent image!

  7. sandersonp Says:

    Thank you so much. The monochromatic colors of winter always seem to be brightened by the presence of cardinals. We are so fortunate to have several sets of cardinals in our neighborhood.

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