Cheeky Cardinal

Cheeky Cardinal

Earlier this week when I got the shot of the blue jay, Jamie and I decided that we would head out together to the park for a round of bird photography together. We both had hopes that we would land a blue jay shot, but knew it was a little bit of a dream. Today was the day that we had chosen to go out – and boy was it a grand day to pick. As luck would have it, Toronto decided that it would be another snowy day and drop a few more inches. Just as we were getting ready to head out, the snow seemed to hit its peak and stay there for the duration that we were snapping away. It posed a little bit of a problem for the photography side of things, but really did a number on the traffic side.

Once we were at the park, the amount of snow coming down got me a little worried in terms of how the gear will handle it. Spec wise, my camera says sun, snow, rain, whatever man, but I have never tested or tried this. The one thing that I did know though, is that my telephoto lens is not weather sealed. This means that the exposed area around the camera where the lens connects, could be an issue. Luck was on my side though when I found one of Vahida’s winter scarfs in the back seat that I was able to wrap around the lens of the camera. Glancing over at Jamie once he was set up, I noticed that he took to the same idea.

Much like before, we set up shop around the area where people often seed. But we made our own stop at PetSmart beforehand, to pick up a healthy amount of seeds to give the birds a little meal. Jamie got himself settled into one area, and I another. From the sounds of things, it did not take long for the birds to return to Jamie’s section as I heard him start to fire away. I was getting a little action, but I had a goal for today. I wanted the female cardinal. She was a little while in the coming though, but eventually she started to make her way over and I was able to get a collage of photos. It was a successful day.

I used my Canon 7D Mark 1 with a Sigma 80-400mm F4-5.6 lens, shooting at 1/125, F9, with an ISO setting of 200. It was an snowy day when the shot was taken and I used a flash on 1/32th power.

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