Many thanks to the Canon DSLR Group for featuring this photo on Sat, Mar 14/09!!!!
On a very cold morning, two American Robins fluff up and huddle up against the base of a Red-Cedar in an attempt to gather any heat that may radiate from the sunshine.
It was minus -4C and with the windchill, believe me, it felt much colder! I feel for the birds who are not used to this very unusually cold weather we have been receiving on Vancouver Island.
I’m not sure, but though I might like to think this may be a breeding pair, due to their depth of color, I am thinking they are more likely two males. This is not unusual due to the fact that during the winter months, Robins hang out in large flocks. There were more than these two hanging out in this particular cedar tree, as well as other trees nearby.
Taken on March 10/09 at 8:23 am in own back yard.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6 IS L USM Lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including joystick head
Taken in raw and aperture priority.
Taken at 1/250 at f 16 at 400 mm, custom white bal 6200 kelvin, iso 800.
Downloaded to Lightroom, cropping on all sides and uploaded to PhotoshopCS2 ( always using layers, shadow/hightlight adj, brightness/contrast and than sharpening via using lab mode, lightness channel and unsharp mask amount 45, radius 3, threshold 3).
Taken on Mar 10/09 at 8:23am in own back yard.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6 IS L USM lens.
Tripod; Manfrotta, including joystick head.
Taken in raw and aperture priority
Shot at 1/250 at f/16, 400mm, custom wht bal 6200 kelvin, iso 800.
Uploaded to Lightroom and did a slight cropping on all sides, uploaded to PhotoshopCS2 ( using layers, shadow/highlight adj, contrast/brightness adjustment, sharpening via lab mode, lightness channel, and unsharpmask amount 45, radius 3, threshold 3.