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Blue Jay (II)

Blue Jay (II)
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Copyright: Kevin Seo (undoredo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 2 N: 698] (2740)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Joe's Favourites 1, Alex99's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-22 2:09
Viewed: 6441
Favorites: 11 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, first of all, I'd like to thank you all for the kind and detailed comments on my previous photo Blue Jay (I). I really appreciate that. :-)

This is a second photo of Blue Jay in flight. Maybe next photo would be last one. I hope you'll like it. :-)
Thanks for looking and any comments welcome! :-)

* Blue Jay
Although the migration of Blue Jays is an obvious phenomenon, with thousands moving past some points along the coast, much about it remains a mystery. Some jays are present throughout the winter in all parts of the range. Which jays move and which stay put? Although young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, many adults do migrate. Some individual jays may migrate south in one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. Why do they migrate when they do?

Many people dislike the Blue Jay because it is known to eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds. However, in an extensive study of Blue Jay feeding habits, only 1% of jays had evidence of eggs or birds in their stomachs. Most of the diet was composed of insects and nuts.

The Blue Jay frequently mimics the calls of hawks, especially the Red-shouldered Hawk. It has been suggested that these calls provide information to other jays that a hawk is around, or that they are used to deceive other species into believing a hawk is present.

Tool use in birds is rare. Although no tool use has been reported for wild Blue Jays, captive jays used strips of newspaper to rake in food pellets from outside of their cages.

(Source: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Blue_Jay.html)

* Exif data,

Compressed RAW
Lens: Nikkor VR macro 105mm F/2.8G
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/4000 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Low Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
Weather condition: Sunny day
No Tripod

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-22 2:20]
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Hi Kevin

WOW! You really did pull out an amazing series of shots that day! My hat's off to you, my friend!
I personally love this one and i like it better than the first one because of 3 reasons:
- the pose of this jay here is magnificent and it seems like it is flying backwards :) It's a very difficult pose to catch i'm sure and i just love the way you froze it like that! Brilliant!
- the composition is also great, with plenty of space in front of the bird and with its head and body positioned at exactly 1/3 of the frame. Very correct and aestetic!
- and a personal element - no peanut. Even though i know that was the reason you were able to catch this lovely bird in so many picutres, i always like the ones it's not visible in better. It's nice to catch a bird with something in tis beak - feeding - but the peanut is a rather artificial element and i find it more natural and beautiful withought. That's why i like this one better (although i think the other one is very very beautiful, too...as i said).
All these aside, i must once again ramark the flawless sharpness in the details here and the perfect DOF used.
Absolutely magnificent!


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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-22 2:20]
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Hello Kevin, this is a fab shot! You caught the moment beautifully, so pin sharp on the Blue Jay. The details on the bird are outstanding, it is certainly up there with the best. The background is nicely blurred. Light, colours and compositon excellent.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-22 2:31]
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Hi Kevin,
absolutely stunning shot! One of the best (if not THE best) photos of a Blue Jay i've seen here on TN. Composition is excellent, the timing for this interesting pose very well done and the sharp, clear detail - amazing. Very well done, one for my favourites.

This one is incredible ! Congratulations, Kevin !

Dear Kevin
This image on the thumbnail caught my eye immediately. To be honest, blue is my favourite colour and this blue bird just stands out so well. This is a stunning capture of the Blue Jay in flight. Pardon me for saying so, but it looks like somebody gave this bird a slap on the back and he is desperately trying to fly away, or on the other hand maybe some strong wind is blowing from behind if I look at the back feathers standing in the air. All the detail on the photo is good. I especially like the different shades of blue with black stripes in between. The blurred background adds to a perfect posting. Thanks for sharing. My compliments to the photographer.This one goes to my favourites.
Kind regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-22 3:03]

Hi Kevin,
Another great shot of this blue jay! Pose you captured is lovely...
Bravo and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Kevin

It's another amzing shot, brilliant sharpness at 1/4000. How did you get that focus. Amazing DOF for 5.6 too. Coulour is brilliant of course and the background just makes everything stand out really well.
Great work mate.


Hello Kevin,
This is a fine catch!
The action is well frozen, great details in the bird which is practically free of motion blur...
A well composed presentation, good colour palette!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-22 4:03]

This one is as good if not better than your last mind-blowing post!
You've timed it perfectly capturing an awesome pose that is full of action and energy.
Superb sharpness and detail in the wing.
Stunning quality with a clean noise-less BG and excellent clarity.
Vibrent colours and perfect lighting.
Just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
Exceptionally well done Kevin.


hello kevin,
this is a wonderful shot, the image is sharp with good details, the oof bg offers nice contrast to the bird, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Wonderful "braking" pose Kevin, excellent inflight capture. I see the lens you're using is very fast at F/2.8, but only 105mm..You must be getting very close?
The sharpness, detail, color, DOF, POV, BG, and exposure are simply outstanding :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-22 4:49]

hello Kevin,
What could I say more, it is just a perfect shot. It seems that with your macro lens you can reach an absolutely amazing sharpness. Bravo again

Hi Kevin,

Superb photograph. taken with a 105mm lens? I'm astounded. Lovely details in the wings. TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-22 4:57]

this is too spectacular ..very very fantastic work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-22 5:02]
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Impressive shot, frozen in 1/4000 of a second.
Interesting for me to see the exifdata, something to learn for us in the noviceclass there.
A lot of sharp detail at the bird, very good color. And the background is perfect unsharp with a contrasting color.
Jon :)

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-22 5:20]
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Hi Kevin,
Wow! This is simply spectacular! Such a wonderful action shot, the sharpness and colours are amazing.
Very well done.

Hi Kevin,
Amazing in flight capture!
You really did it great in the timing to get this shot done.
The high shutter speed delivered this gorgeous frozen flight.
Details on the feathers are just great!
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-22 5:55]

Hello Kevin,
Perfectly captured in really magnificent pose!
Sharpness and DOF are amzing!
Congratulations, real masterpiece
Regards, Dejan

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-22 6:05]

Another great action shot, Kevin!
Superb capture great in every respect with the added bonus of no evidence of baiting (peanut). There are no negative aspects to mention and for me the best is the vertical position and the breaking action of the tail.
Well done again, Kevin, and thanks,


Stunning capture,
You put all the right elements together and then in flew a Blue Jay, :) very nicely done
Lovely image


Hello Kevin,

Superb picture again! Great detail and wonderful colours.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-22 7:34]
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Hi Kevin,
Superb sharp details, lovely background. WOW.

Just Amazing Kevin!
Incredible pose of this Jay in flight.
Everything is excellent.
Well done.

Hello Kevin,
Superb picture! Wonderful bird with splendid coloration!
Excellent sharpness and perfect details.
I liked this POV... very difficult to obtain!
Congratulations for the wonderful photographic work!
José Roberto

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-22 9:08]

Hi Kevin.
Once more terrific shot of this fantastic scene. Great is all – timing, DOF, crisp sharpness and stunning details, finest colour palette of bird and BG. My congratulations. Outstanding picture.

Hello Kevin,
You did it!
Catch light, sharpness, moment, backgrond, POV and so forth are just great!

Hello Seo,
My compliment towards this outstanding photo really well captured!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details always
you are a good nature photographer indeed
all the best

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-11-22 11:24]

wow, what a perfect shot! :-) this is even better than the first one, and that was stunning already.
the pose is so amazing and perfectly frozen with 1/4000.
i really like the details on the opened wing(s), the feathers are
so nice, and the colors, wow, the blue is terrific in the sunlight. superb job & best wishes, thor.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-22 11:50]

Hi Kevin. You are geting very good at this. it looks as if its flying backwards. great detail and colours. This is an excellent picture alround. so ver well done Nick..

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-22 12:27]

Hello Kevin,
Exceptional photo of this Jay. It's if he's using all his brakes to stop. Excellent sharpness, pose, colours, composition, POV, focus, DOF, etc...
This is really amazing!

Kevin, the previous one was good enough this one is an exaggerration :)
Mind blowing photo. Another Masterpiece!


Hello Kevin you really have shown us some class photography here details and timing is commendable perfection in composition and quality my fav again I love your work rgds Necip.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-22 13:31]

What a stunning magnificent shot!! If capturing a beautiful bird like this one is a great achievement, to capture it in such a pose in full movement with such perfection is a perfect deed.
Congratulations, my friend!
I understand you very well if you've got some trouble with English. I have the same problem. For me it's rather difficult to express my feelings and thoughts with a language that I don't master and I have a poor vocabulary. I just hope nobody will feel upset with my comments. I wish not to be upsetting, though I'm sure that someone will put his hands on his head reading my fails. I beg pardon for that.
I'm wishing to see your next.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-22 13:46]

Hi Kevin,
This is a really perfect motionless capture! Outstanding timing and sharpness. Congratulations!
TFS, José M.

Hi Kevin, again an incredible shot, you are the Harry Potter of Trek nature !!!

Cheer, cheer, cheer, and cheer again

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-22 15:22]
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Hi Kevin, I am so happy to see that photo, it is great and it is exactly what I would like to be able to do! Congratulation, it's not easy to capture this kind of movement. I have many photos of blue jays with funny movements in flight but they're kind of blurred. They fly like crazy, sometimes like a rocket, they're so fun to watch.

Your photo is sharp, lightning is great, the movement of the bird is fantastic.

Anyway, happy that I found you, congratulation once more for your work. Thank you,


Wow! This is impressive! I have tried many times to catch those blue birds in-flight but this is not an easy task. You managed to isolate it very well from the background with amazing details, exposure and composition. A little work of art, congrats!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-22 19:54]

Hi Kevin,
WOW.......marvellously done and a splendid moment freezed. Superb lighting, colours, DOF and exposure. Reminds me of those actions shots of Hollywood when the subjects fly back when hit from front. Fabulous BG helps in highlighting the Blue Jay. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-22 21:20]

Hello Kevin

A masterpiece.
This pose is amazing.I don't know how you did it but it is brilliant.
The clarity of the shot is superb,with excellent POV and DOF.
The BG is perfect for this shot.
The colours are vibrant and bold.
Awesome,exceptional work.


bonjour kevin

Hello Kevin , really fantastic and very artistic photo , TFS and good luck .

Hi Kevin,

Wooow what a beauty
Excellent timing, sharpness and details
Beautiful lihgting, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hi Kevin,
fantastic capture in motion. Such an unbelievable clearness and precision in freezing this kind of high speed landing approach. Wonderful natural colours, and a perfect composition. Taken from an ideal point of view.
Top quality ***** contribution of bird photography, Kevin. Exciting!
Thank you! Have a great day.
With best regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-24 5:13]
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Hello Kevin,
What a brilliant capture of this Jay in a lovely pose. Very well-timed and details are very clear and colours beautiful. Excellent contrasting background too. I expect you've captured all the dragonflies now so it's time for the birds - and they're equally fantastic!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Kevin,
WOW SIMPLY PERFECT... LOVELY PLUMAGE OF WINGS!!! A masterpiece... again :-)
Sincerly, my friend!


Hola Kevin.
Fenomenal captura y estupendos colores.
Buen bg y acertado encuadre.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Kevin,

What a great photo! I wonder how you could get it so sharp?


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-24 17:04]

Hi Kevin,
WOW! Great shot!
Good sharpness! Beautiful colors!
Very interesting pose of the bird!

Hi Kevin,
Great capture of this Blue Jay. Excellent POV and colors.
Cheers from Hong Kong

Hi Kevin,

This is a FANTASTIC photo! :O
Here's your 100th point, you deserve it for a shot like that!
WOW! That truly is brilliant!
The details and POV are perfect! :D

Thanks for sharing,
Ruby :)

Hi Kevin!
Great, very mobile picture and fantastic presentation in one! Lovely details and sharpness! I like a lot also contrast between the bird and BG, and very informative note!
TFS and best greetings from Lodz!

Fantastica!!!! Fantastic !!!!

Complimenti; bellissima foto sotto tutti i punti di vista. Colori e azione fantatstici!!!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele


Your works serves as an example of how good one can get in this business of photography. WOW. (trust me, I don't say this many times) but let me repeat: WOW :-)
Amazing shot, with excellent clarity and detail. Truly amazing work.

Best Regards,


Hello Kevin

The first word that came into my mind when I saw this photo was - "incredible" -
There are many other words that would suit this photo just as good, words like -fantastic, amazing, excellent....I could go on and on until I ran out of words altogether.
It is just an absoulutely incredible and beautiful photo.
Thanks very much for sharing it with us.



Hi, Kevin,

Lovely colours and great action, as if Blue Jay is fighting against the wind!

thanks for sharing such a wonderful photo!!

Man Yee

Hi Kevin,
Excellent capture.

Beautiful pose here. Nice vibrant colours between the bird and the background. Love to see it. TFS Trevor

Another great shot of this blue jay! Pose you captured is lovely...

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  • RDx Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
  • [2009-09-09 8:50]

105 macro !!!! Feel this dumping my 600 f4 after seeing this one !!

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