For this shot of this female Cardinal, I stepped back in time a little bit to a time when almost everything on a camera was done manually. I decided I would have a litlle fun and capture my daily shot with out any help from the camera. It was a dreary day with light rain falling. I used my chair blind to protect me and the camera from the elements. There was not a lot of light from the heavily overcast skies, so my iso was set at 1000, trying to keep it as low as possible and still have a fairly quick shutter. I was using my 70-200 f2.8 lens with a 2x teleconvertor, shooting at 400mm f/5.6. The shutter speed was set at 1/160th of a second and was still a bit under exposed for the background, the way I like it when I am photographing birds. My camera was on a tripod to help reduce movement. I used a speedlight set to manual at I think 1/64th of full power, which gives just enough fill light to make the colors pop on a dreary day. Finally, I flipped the focus selector from auto to manual and focused on the birds eye. It is good to practice manual focusing as much as you can to assist the autofocus system when conditions are tough. I think this was good practice. Get out and enjoy the beauty that is all around you!