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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-11-12 19:32
Viewed: 3649
Points: 39
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My first shot with my new 70x300 IS USM Lens

Blue Jay
Cyanocitta cristata

In Canada the Blue Jay is common east of the Rocky Mountains, it is known to be expanding it's territory to the north. This crested Jay sometimes mimics the cry of a Red tailed Hawk. They frequent pine, oak treed areas, this one was making his way through a mainly Aspen forest.

One bad aspect about the photo is that the branch is running right through the bird. The colours are a bit soft due to the snow, and grey sky.

Hand Held, Cropped, Contrast, Framed

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Tv(Shutter Speed) 1/1600
Av(Aperture Value) 5.6
Metering Mode Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation 0
ISO Speed 400
Lens EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Focal Length 270.0mm
Image Size 3504x2336
Image Quality Fine
Flash Off
White Balance Mode Auto
AF Mode One-Shot AF

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A nice shot Janice. The jay is a bit dark though.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-12 20:21]

Hi Janice,

I agree about the branch...;-( Other than that, beautiful composition. I like the soft colors.



Hello Janice

A lovely capture of a blue jay.I like the composition very much.Good POV and DOF.I did a workshop to show an alternate lighting .I hope you like it.TFS


  • rufous03 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 14 N: 212] (1366)
  • [2006-11-12 22:03]

Not a very good image overall, sorry. The head is dark and OOF. Behind a distracting branch and twig. Some extensive work in PS might salvage the image.

Hi Janice,
a nice first try. You do not need 1/1600 sec for this kind of shot. With the IS you could lower the ISO alot, maybe down to 200ISO. Even if the noise is under control you will lose alot of fine details with high ISO.
The compo is not the best, another angel or wait to the bird move bit could have helped to get a clear shot.


You needed a flash beam to get a spark on the eye and the pic would be amazing.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-13 10:17]

Hello Janice,
Lovely capture.POV,pose of bird and composition are wonderful.

bonjour janice
c'est un peu dommage qu'il soit dans l'ombre car on ne profite pas entierement de ses belles couleurs,mais la netteté est bonne et les details bien lŕ.

Nice first outing with the lens. I love my 300mm. You've done a great job with this Jay. Cute as can be. I don't find the branch to be distracting. But next time if you put your new camera down, some money or jewelry, these jays will be there to rip you off so you won't need the 300 at all! :-0

Hi Janice,
Nice tele-shot of this cute small bird. To me, the tree branch is fine, since it does not fully block view to significant part of the bird. It will be a serious problem, if it blocks view to head of the jay. Somehow I feel like focus is a bit soft and BG is slightly noisy. I believe that you will be able to overcome this issue on your next shots. This is a new lense, isn't it? This is only MHO.

Ben Lakitan

Hola Janice,
Interesante captura de este azulejo. tal vez no ayudaron mucho las sombras, pero de todos modos se puede apreciar bastante bien al pájaro. Tambien hay un poco de ruido en el fondo pero no es algo que afecte aunque es posiblemente eliminable con algo de trabajo.
Saludos cordiales

Hi Janice,
Wow with a 70-300 you will now be able to bring them in very well. This look very good. A difficult shot with the light and shadows, but you got a nice shot. Sharp detail. If not for the twigs in front, it would be really great.

Bonjour Janice
Il est superbe ce geai bleu,ses couleurs sont magnifiques,la netteté ,la composition et les details sont réussis.
merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Janice,
Nice detail, POV, and composition. The branch running through is not too distracting..
Some fill flash would improve the shot IMHO.
I did a quick WS to lighten shadow..
Well done & have a great day!

Hi Janice
A very nice shot. The picture is nice and sharp with good detail on the bird. Its a pity about the twigs in front. Not your fault though and it does not seem as if a change in position would have allowed you to escape that. WELL DONE! If only we could have lost the twigs and have had a ray of sunlight illuminate its head then this shot would have been absolutely prefect.
Thanks for sharing and have a good evening.

Hello Janice.

Excllent capture perfect details very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo, Colors Bg POV dOF spot on,

Great Job,

TFS Kyle

Hello Janice,
This is a nice capture of this Blue Jay. I will not repeat what other members already said about some technical problems so, I will say that I like this POV and details ;) Thanks,

Hi Janice,
This blue jay seem to be a bit inactive. May be beacause of the cold weather. Hope you will used to your new lens soon. TFS.

Hi Janice,

I just recently got the same lens, and haven't used it much yet either. Do you have any idea how far you were from the subject. It is a nice image. I like Howard's workshop too.

Evelynn : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-05 15:31]

Congratulations on the new lens. I love to see these blue jays as we don't get them here. Nice POV and a lovely composition



Hi Janice,
one of the nicest looking birds here in Canada and one of the most obnoxious as well.I find blue jays to be mean spirited and ill mannered as they sometimes attack smaller birds such as hummers and even robins and one time even myself.Enough of bad mouthing the jays.Your shot is typical of the sort I get of these birds but I like your photo because it is an honest one.Far too many of the photos that are posted here on TN make this bird look super colour saturated and I can say it is rare for me to see them like that.The snow on the branch is a nice natural touch however the lighting makes for a muted looking bird so some detail lacks (if I could control the natural lighting I would)but what can you do if your subject is out of flash range. TFS. Bob

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