"I got you babe" is what these two must be singing. It was just about a year ago I photographed these hatchlings and this is one image I had not posted. The nest remains in my hibiscus bush and I saw a female cardinal actually in it not long ago, but she did not lay any eggs and I have not seen her return.
Post processing: Used the whitebalance tool in ACR and increased blacks, in Photoshop cloned away hot spots on branches, hue/sat layer to reduce reds, Touch of Light on birds, Touch of Dark on nest, Levels for global brightness, sharpened with the Edge, Edge Downer by Kubota to darken edges. I did not increase saturation but can see the green leaves look unnatural, the morning sun was shining through them so that is the only cause I can think of.
SC Christmas Digital Papers
6 months ago