This male Northern Cardinal was striking a good pose with a clean background.
Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head
1/1000 sec @ F9, ISO 1600, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation
Another shot from Brazos Bend, this male cardinal was hanging out on the spillway bridge against a decent background. They are very flighty birds, go figure, and somewhat difficult to get them standing still very long to get a decent shot. I’d like a more natural perch but he wasn’t taking direction very well.
Taken with Canon 7D and 100-400 lens on tripod with Sidekick gimbal mount.
1/160 sec @ F5.6, spot metering, + 1/3 exposure compensation, ISO 400, no flash