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Blue Jay

Blue Jay
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Copyright: Donald Lapointe (hibou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 16:23
Viewed: 11475
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You could see this picture in my identification guide
Initiation aux oiseaux du Québec par la couleur

The Blue Jay’s call is a familiar woodland sound in eastern North America. It issues loud cries to warn other birds and mammals of an approaching predator, and often, with no apparent cause. The 19th-century writer Henry David Thoreau described the Blue Jay’s most characteristic sound as an "unrelenting steel-cold scream,” which has been interpreted variously as sounding like "thief," "jay," and "peer." Blue Jays in fact have a wide variety of other calls, particularly a mellow whistle, kloo-loo-loo, quite musical in form, and also a softly delivered song, a continuous sweet warbling heard during courtship.

The Blue Jay can be recognized from a distance by its apparently effortless flight. It flies with the body and tail held level, with slow, easily discernible wing strokes, which nevertheless carry it along at a good speed.


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Hi Donald, great view of this wonderful Blue Jay with splendid colors and amazing details, great pose, great composition, BRAVO! very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-02 16:47]

Hello Donald,
Thanks for sharing this wonderful Blue Jay capture. Great focus, colors, composition and depth of field.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-01-02 16:47]

Hi Donald. Very fine shot of this blue jay. Excellent colours and clarity. I like the lichen it is standing on. Good work. Murray.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-02 17:11]

Excellente photo tout est parfait Donald.
Je l'envoie directement à mes favirites.

Wow, that is a sharp image. I have seen some amazing shots with that lens. I have a Sigma 80-400. I got it because it is stabilized but I am starting to covet your lens. This is a really nice photo with a very simple composition and limited palette. I like it a lot.

Evelynn : )

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-02 17:53]

Hi Donald,

What a great shot of this lovely Blue Jay, superb POV, a very nice composition and a fantastic pose, the details are lovely and sahrp and I love the Blues tone's of the Jay and the BG.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Donald! Wonderful how the sunlight is glinting off this jay's beak and eye and wing feathers. Great POV and composition! The moss makes a softer place for him to perch. Well done! Linda

Salut Donald
Tu as réussir dans cette image de capture un splendide exemplaire de geai bleu.La lumière,les couleurs et la clarté sont extraordinaires

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  • clint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 237] (1371)
  • [2007-01-02 18:46]

this is an absoloutly stunning capture, you have realy caught the colour of the bird well.
i wish i had the oportunity of getting a shot of this bird in england but alas that will never happen.
the detail is spot on and the plumage of the bird works well with the background.
only thing i would do to improve the shot is remove the branch in the corner.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-02 19:31]

Excelente Dondald, buenos colores iluminación, nitidez y composición... saludos

Bonjour Donald
Un magnifique geai bleu, tout a fait adorable!
Excelents détails du plumage. Les couleurs sont excellentes avec une belle présentation.
Merci pour le partage ....JP

Hi Donald,
Beautiful fluffy bluejay. Great sharpness and very neat blurry BG.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

Lovely dtails and colours. Nice framing too.
Great job!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-03 2:01]

Hi Donald,
Very beautiful and clever composition showing the blue jay against a blue background! Very sharp focus and natural colours. The old lichen-clad branch adds charm to the picture.
I would have removed the little branch above.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-03 2:38]

Incredibly sharp details with gorgeous colors, Donald.
Great POV and composition.
I also like the blue color scheme in the picture.
TFS. : )

Hi Donald

High quality shot. Beautiful colour tones and perfect composition. Thank you! :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-03 4:00]

Hi Donald

What a wonderful shot of this cute blue-jay!
The pose of your subject here is great - big and fluffy :)) - and the light seems to fall just perfectly on it staying like that.
The details are very clear and sharp, the exposure is impeccably managed and the DOF is magnificent - isolating very well from the lovely blurred BG.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Denis Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 178] (12)
  • [2007-01-03 7:44]

Bonjour Donald,
Superbe photo à tous points de vue, tout est harmonieux et tout est parfait. Félicitations.

Bonjour Donald,

Félicitations pour cette magnifique photo de geai bleu. L'éclairage est parfait, les couleurs sont justes. La netteté, la profondeur de champ et la pose de l'oiseau sont excellentes. Je vous souhaite une très belle année 2007 et beaucoup d'autres photos de nos amis à plumes!

Je l'envoie dans mes favorites!

Allo Donald,

Il me semble que 2006 t'ai été très prolifique en fait de superbes photos, je te souhaite que 2007 le soit aussi et plus! Celle photo est incroyable, mes Félicitations!


:-) Plus de place dans mes préférées sinon elle y aurait été immédiatement :)

Beautifull capture sharp and detailed excelllent exposure and light technically spot on for me rgds Necip. PT.

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-03 14:57]

podoba mi sie kolorystyka zdjecia, tlo bardzo ladnie komponuje z ptakiem, poza tym ostro i wyraznie,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-03 22:30]

Hello Donald

A wonderful shot of this beautiful bird.Excellent DOF and POV.The details are sharp and well focused.The plumage is well defined and the colours are vivid.So many beautiful blues in this shot.The composition is super.TFS


Hello Donald,

What a beautiful picture to look at! The colors are so fine and natural. I like the way the colors in the background match the colors of the jay. The composition is also very well done with the subject clearly isolated from the soft background. I wonder what it would look like if you removed the branch in the upper right corner. However, this isn't distracting and doesn't diminish the beauty of your shot at all.
Exposure is perfectly handled, revealing great, sharp details in the jay's plumage. The catchlight in the bird's eyes isn't missing, making it look alive.
A very short shutter speed made it possible for you to "freeze" the bird and eliminate any inconveniences created by the very long focal length. The f/6.3 aperture helped isolating the subject from the background while rendering every detail with accuracy and with no sharpness fall-off on the bird's body. The excellent picture is complimented with an elegant and very appropriate frame and an informative note about this species. I think this is a complete post and I like it very much. Actually, I find it to be one of the best here on TN and therefore it will go straight to may favorites. Thank you for sharing this beauty!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-05 7:20]

Una bella captura Donald con gran armonía de colores entre el ave y el entorno.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado, con luminosidad, foco y nitidez, gracias a la correcta iluminación.
El encuadre colabora con la estética de la composición.
Felicitaciones por una gran presentación.
Feliz 2007... Ricardo

Une belle capture Donald avec grande harmonie de couleurs entre l'oiseau et l'environnement.
Il me plaît le point de vue capté, avec luminosité, foyer et éclat, grâce à la correcte illumination.
Le cadrage collabore avec l'esthétique de la composition.
Félicitations par une grande présentation.
Heureux 2007... Ricardo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-06 11:59]

Bravo pour cette belle réussite Donald, excellent piqué, éclairage parfait et composition sans faille. Du beau travail, merci !


Well this is just fantastic. I love the colour, clarity,composition and the presentation. Congratulations on a beautiful image...

Hi Donald,
A great image...
the BG colors are really matching the Jay's colors.
Excellent sharpness.
Very good work indeed!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-08 9:58]

Salut Donald,
this looks wonderful, the blue sky makes a wonderful bg for the blue jay. You captured the details very sharp and the colors are fabulous. Great POV and the composition is lovely.

A beauty, good detail and exposure, well position in the frame too, nice work.


coucou HIBOU, coucou HIBOU
cela me rapelle une chanson de mon enfance !!!!
humour du dimanche matin!!!
tres jolie photo, belles couleurs pour ce geai bleu que vous séquestré au CANADA!!!!!
bravo bonne réussite et merci de visiter mes photos

hi donald!
very beautiful!
sharp and fine bg whos goes
with the bird
well composed to

bonjour donald
vous etes nombreux au canada a me faire baver de jalousie devant les cliché de cet oiseau que je trouve superbe.
rien a dire sur votre photo elle est tres bonne.

Perfect DOF! Lovely close up...

bonjour Donald,

très belle prise de vue de ce geai bleu superbement bien cadrée bravo


Donald, beautiful blues, period! Tfs, Jay

bonjour Donald

quelle belle photo de ce geai bleu (de jour en jour je découvre
des photos les unes plus belles que les autres dans Trecknature)

je ne sais pas comment faire pour faire un favori ta photo
mais elle va directement dans les favoris de SAFARI
(je suis en MAC) de mon navigateur internet

j'aimes beaucoup cette teinte bleu du sujet
qui est en harmonie avec l'arrière-plan bleu

merci beaucoup pour cette jolie photo

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  • terro (301)
  • [2007-06-01 23:14]

Bonjour Donald,
je viens de découvrir ton site et je dois t'avouer que tes photos sont magnifiques.
J'aime beaucoup l'effet de douceur que le bleu de l'oiseau et le fond de l'image apporte. Beaucoup de détails dû à une netteté sans reproche et une très belle composition aussi.

Jolie photo, Donald, bien composée. Pose intéressante. Parfaite netteté. Couleurs naturelles sous une belle lumière. Comme Clint, je serais tenté d'éliminer la branche en haut à droite.

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