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Blue Jay in my back yard

Blue Jay in my back yard
Photo Information
Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-15 17:33
Viewed: 3074
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this visitor in my back yard. I used a blind. He could ear my D300 which has no silent mode, but he wasn't sure I was hiding in the blind. Original was horizontal, so there is a bit of croping. I also did some vigneting to focus attention on him.

Nikon D300
Sigma 150-500mm
Manfrotto tripod
Hunting or phogography blind.

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-06-15 19:02]

Bonjour Alain
Il et bien joli ton Geai bleu. Composition, définition, détails,lumière, tout est parfait

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-06-15 19:02]

Hello Alain,

Beautiful study of this colorful Jay. I really like the profile pose & the contrast with the virgin green maples leaves. Sharp focus & perfect POV. Very well taken!

Kind Regards,


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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-06-15 23:20]

wonderful species with great colors with good background.

Congratulations Alain for your flashy presentation here! Superb point of view and simplicity! The white balance seems great and the detail nicely defined ! Well done! Fantastic work indeed!
George Veltchev

Hello Alain,
Beautiful image of the Blue Jay, excellent details sharpness, lovely highlighted eye, beautiful colours and very well exposure, nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hello Alain
GREAT photo! The POV, the composition, the BG, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

hello Alain
this is a very sharpness picture with super details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-16 12:33]

Hello Alain,
Very beautiful photo in splendid light and great sharpness. Pleasing frontal POV with eye contact. Excellent OOF BG and DOF. Nice composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-16 14:57]

Salut Alain,c'est sans doute la photo du jour!Quelle perfection et quelle magnifique espece tu montre-nous aujourd'hui,details et couleurs spectaculaires et une gestion de la lumiere tres professionel.Mes plus gros compliments et belle journee',LUCIANO

Bonjour Alain,

Très belle image de ce beau Geai bleu très bien exposé. Le fond doux rehausse l'oiseau tout en nous montrant son environnement feutré. Le cadre presque carré me convient bien également. De plus le vignettage est bien appliqué ici et à propos.

Une belle shot et mdp,


Hello Alain,
A very nice capture with superb sharp details and excellent colors.
The composition and focus are perfect.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-22 19:27]

Hello Alain,
A beautiful capture of this Blue Jay in a fine pose. I have been wanting to get a decent shot of one of these guys all spring, but so far no luck. They seem to be really spooky around here so it may take a while.
The detail is excellent and the exposure is right on the money. Your choice of an f/8 aperture gave you just the DOF you needed to isolate him from the BG. Love the natural coloration and attractive composition. Well done!!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-23 22:51]

Bonjour Alain,
I have used a blind in my backyard and it's great to get close shots of birds with fine sharpness like this, a fantastic species to have in one's backyard!
Nice colours and contrasting clean green BG. Great to see one with a summer BG!
Merci et bon weekend,

What a beautiful capture of this gorgeous bird. You achieved excellent results with well chosen settings. I like all the detail and color this image has produced. Well done Alain! :)

Bonjour Alain,

La branche aide au cadrage de l'oiseau. la prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleur du geai bleu. L'image est claire et nette. Lalumière de l'après-midi met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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