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Blue jay in first snow

Blue jay in first snow
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AFS 300mm F4+1.4TC
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-24 11:10
Viewed: 2911
Points: 18
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I just received my TC-1.4 extender for my 300 mm lens and went to the window to try it out when this blue jay zoomed down to my suet feeder. It has just started snowing slightly, and I suddenly noticed it has a few snowflakes on its head (there is also snow on the branch). Its too warm to stick, but if you look closely you'll see the snow on his head and I selected this shot because off to the left you'll see a snowflake falling past!

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Hi Alan,
Probably poor Blue jay had cold also... Great capture with beautiful details. Yes, the falling snowflakes are visible. Yesterday I was in the mountains, it was slightly snowing, but I myself don't like snowflakes on my photos - and hate them on my lens. Just a personal thought, it doesn't effect your good photo.
Merry Christmas to you & your loved ones, best regards, László

Hallo Alan
A great image indeed. I remember the 1st time I ever saw a Blue Jay here on Trek Nature how astounded I was, as I never knew that blue birds even exsisted. Looking at your image, I am still astounded, but this time by the beauty of it. They truly are gorgeous birds and your image is no exception. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-12-24 12:02]

Hello Alan, and "Merry Christmas" to you.
Your new 1.4 converter did a great job considering you were shooting through glass, which normally cuts down on the detail a bit. I can't wait to see what you obtain outside with a tripod.
Bluejays are such pretty birds and have gorgeous plumages as is evident by your photo. Hope you have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season while taking many more photos. TFS.

Hello Alan,
Very good photograph, very good sharpness, very good composition, very good background.

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-12-24 12:49]

Hey Alan,
Very good photo. Merry Christmas

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-24 15:17]

Hi Alan,beautiful capture in the difficult light of a snowy day,the details are really beautiful,magnificent colors too in the best exposure! I wish you a Merry Christmas and thanks for share,Luciano

Good try with your new extender, Alan.
The Blue Jay seems to be enjoying the fresh snowfall.
Very good clarity and colours.
Merry Christmas!

Well Alan it DEFINITELY WORKS!! This is an amazing shot and yes Merry Christmas to you! :0) and US!! Looking fwd to much more!!

Ciao Alan, lovely little bird in the snow, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, Merry Christmas, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-12-25 1:48]

Hello Alan,
Excellent photo in great sharpness, details and beautiful colours. Very nice pose with eye contact and taken from a good POV.
Merry Christmas to You and Your Loved Ones,

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