Northern Cardinal, Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I went out to my backyard photo blind early again yesterday, working the early morning commute crowd at the feeders. The sun comes in strongly from the right and behind the birds, and it is not much above eye-level, with the birds still primarily in shadow under the trees, so it took me four tries to find a post-processing that I was satisfied with. None of my existing presets worked for this bird, in this light. The red is just so red, and the lighting, coming around from the front side like that, is a challenge to keep in balance. The result is pretty striking, I think, and I can testify that it is very like what I saw with my naked eye. This is just one very red Cardinal. Shockingly red 🙂 Note the little grey patch under the wing. I don’t know what that amounts to, but it is interesting. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.