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A Blue Jay posing for me...

A Blue Jay posing for me...
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-20 4:46
Viewed: 5642
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird and member of the crow family Corvidae native to North America. It is adaptable, aggressive and omnivorous.

The voice is typical of most jays in being varied, but the most commonly recognized sound is the alarm call, which is a loud, almost gull-like scream. There is also a high-pitched jayer-jayer call that increases in speed as the bird becomes more agitated. Blue Jays will use these calls to band together to drive a predator such as a hawk away from their nest.

Blue Jays also have quiet, almost subliminal calls which they use among themselves in proximity. One of the most distinctive calls of this type is often referred to as the "rusty pump" owing to its squeaky resemblance to the sound of an old hand-operated water pump. In fact, they can make a large variety of sounds, and individuals may vary perceptibly in their calling style. Like other corvids, blue jays may learn to mimic human speech.

Taken in my backyard...

ISO 200

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Hello Claude
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Blue Jay,
Perfect details,colors and BG,Superb shot.


salut claude
magnifique cet oiseau, que de détails dans le plumage et les couleurs sont superbes et nettes, le bg est parfait , en quelques sortes focus parfait
bien a toi

True artist my fiend..you have really overdone it. So much beautiful blue and green. This is over the top. I would pay money to any editor or critiquer to find anything wrong with this image outside of subjectivity in art. It is a masterpiece.

Stunning clear image...beautiful feather details..and super composition, great DoF and POV.

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-20 5:16]

Very sharp and good.
Like the background too, and the colors are superb here.
And very well composition.
Jon :)

bonjour claude
c'est le troisieme geai que je decouvre a la suite,il y a de quoi enrager.c'est une coalition pour me rendre jaloux!!!!!!!
un peu moins de details que sur l'image de mario mais c'est qu'en même extra.

The colors are just glowing and the light beams on the dark background are beatuiful. A really nice portrait! He is a great speciman too, sometimes they have a greyish blue tint so you caught the colors just right!

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-20 5:54]

Salut Claude,
Tu as pris une incroyable photo! Des couleurs parfaitement claires et nettes, simplement magnifique.


Very nicely sone,
Shows all of the beautiful colors of the blue jay,
You and Howard diffently have the shots down pat of this bird,


Super Blue Jay Claude!
Great POV and color.
Well composed.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-20 6:38]

Beautiful photo of this wonderful little bird.
+++ The colours are very vivid and are portrayed very accurately through this photo.
Super duper sharp and very detailed aswell.
I like the moss on its perch.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Claude,

Hi Claude
great picture with lovely colours and great sharpness. Imho the corn is a bit disturbing, I would clone it away. Also the bg looks a bit strange (is it a dark roof?)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-20 6:52]

Hello Claude,
A superb capture of the Blue jay, taken from a fine POV, in an excellent composition and with superb sharpness, colours and contrasting dark BG. Clever use of a mossy log to attract it with a little corn!
Well done and TFS!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-20 6:55]

Hello Claude,
What an outstanding capture of this Jay in a fine pose on the old mossy log. Nice light, excellent focus, sharp details and beautiful colours. It looks fantastic against the dark background. Very well composed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • lutya Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
  • [2007-11-20 7:40]

Hi Claude!
This is very very beautifull bird. It has got very nice colours.. Very nice shot..Best regards...

original ce BG
très bonne qualité, superbe compo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-20 10:28]

Hello Claude,
It's Jay-day today. This one is very beautiful in its natural environment. Fantastic colours and great details in the feathers. Great composition and POV.

Hi Claude,

Beautiful compo with excellent sharp details and lovely colors
Perfect POV, Pose, DOF and BG
beautiful lines of light in the dark BG

TFS Thijs

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-20 10:34]

Hi Claude.- This is just beautiful photo. Nice shot, exelent colors and focus.Very sharp too.
Saludos Luis52.

Hello Claude superb catch details and clarity are very nice indeed great environment also beautifull tfs rgds Necip.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-20 11:40]

Hi Claude. I wish we had a few blue jays i like the markings and colours. which you have captured so well in your posting today. the bird stands out so qwell against the plain dark BG and the gree of the moss. this is a very good alround picture. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-20 11:49]

Hola Claude,
perfecto foco y color,
esmerado trabajo y compo...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-20 12:15]

mmm i'm start to think that this birds are plastic made..eheheheh...your pics is always perfect,you're great photographer,have a nice day,Luciano

Bonsoir Claude
Le jay bleu est à la mode aujourd'hui, et cette photo d'excellente qualité.

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-20 13:21]

Wonderful and so perfect in all its ways. TFS
Regards Rose

Bonjour Claude,
very beautiful Blue Jay well captured again!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in good exposure and focus!
well done and TFS

Très belle prise, belles couleurs, et très beau Bg qui met le tout en valeur.

Hi Claude,
Simply perfect!
Wonderful bird with magnicifent colors!
Excellent POV, sharpness and composition.
The dark background enriched the first plan.
Impressive the wealth of details.
Thanks for sharing!
José Roberto

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-20 21:23]

Hello Claude,
The colors are truly amazing in this sharply focused image.
The background does well at highlighting the subject.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Claude.
Another superb bird image, wow.
Sharpness, detail, exposure, colour, DOF, all spot on. Amazing light you have captured him in bringing out the colours beautifully.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-21 1:34]

Hi Claude, this is a lovely shot of the Blue Jay, I wish we had such a colourful bird here in the UK. A great pov and good pose from the bird. The colours are vivid and well saturated, good focus and sharpness and good catchlight in the eye. Wonderful composition.
Interesting note!

Coucou Claude!

Wow! cette photo est une merveille! côté couleurs, il y a tellement de délicates nuances qu'on la croirait peinte, et les détails sont également d'une grande finesse.Je ne sais pas de quoi est fait le BG, mais ces stries grisées sur fond noir donnent l'impression de rais de lumière.C'est subtil et parfait!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-21 2:43]

Beautifil capture Claude, great colors and sharpness
very good contrast against background and composition
This pose nicely presents the species
Great job
Regards, Dejan

Hi Claude,
Excellent exposure, color, DOF, POV, and well composed. Great detail, and I think the dark BG really makes your jay stand out in the frame nicely also :)

Salut Claude
Magnifique geai bleu,un excellent cadrage et des couleurs superbes.Les rayons de lumière naturels ou photoshop??

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-21 17:53]

Bonsoir Claude, encore une fois, c'est la plus belle photo de geai bleu que j'ai vue! Je viens juste de dire la même chose à Mario pour son sizerin mais que veux-tu, vous êtes tous les deux des maîtres de la photo d'oiseaux. J'adore la buche où l'oiseau est posé, avec les grains de mais et la mousse. Les couleurs sont tellement justes et belles, l'oeil est clair et net, avec une petite coquinerie dedans. Qu'as-tu fait pour le fond, est-ce que ce sont des rideaux???!!!



You have presented some very nice bird photos lately Claude. Color and exposure are excellent. It is truly a lovely image.

Evelynn : )

Hello Claude,
Very beautiful and pretty portrait shot of this Blue Jay you present here.
"The Blue Jay Day".. What a nice day! :-)
I love this pose and POV very much. Also, you've captured very beautiful eyes of this friend, with perfect focusing and superb details.
Well presented, my friend. :-)
TFS and best wishes,

Hello Claude,
Razor sharp details and brilliant colours. Perfect shot. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-23 5:21]

Salut Claude, il est vraiment beau ton Geai bleu, belle pose, excellente netteté et l'exposition est superbe. Bravo !


Hi Claude,
brilliantly clear capture with marvellous colours, tastefully well composed. What a pretty visitor to your backyard.
Thank you!
My best regards,

Hi Claude,

Wonderful picture, and you have even included the corn you use, presumably to attract the birds? Great level of detail and wonderful colours. The shafts of light provide added beauty to this already beautiful shot.

Kind rregarrds,


Bonsoir Claude,

Une belle image de ce geai bleu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. bonne soirée.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-01-05 12:48]

Salut Claude,
Cette photo m'avait échapé. Elle est d'une grande beauté. Le bleu de l'oiseau avec le lichen... c'est une très belle composition.

Hello Claude
I like your portfolio which it fill by great shots. This is also very nice capture of beautiful blue jay. POV, composition with green mosses, focus great. eye contact and framing also. good notes. thanks for sharing.

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