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"Blue Jay (III)"

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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: 2007-11-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50 DLSR, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 3, Joe's Favourites 1, Alex99's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-25 2:17
Viewed: 6680
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
TN friends, this is a last one of the series in-flight Blue Jay shot. I really appreciate that you've written the very kind comments on my Blue Jay and I was very glad to read them. Many thanks, you guys. :-)
And also, My reply is quite a delay now. I will catch up on my critiques soon. :-)

This photo is cropped and resized, including USM, Levels, NR on photoshop.
Any comments welcome! :-)

I also post a bonus shot in gratitude for everyone’s kindness and generosity on my Blue Jay shots.
--> Please look at this.

* 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/4
Exposure Comp.: 0EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
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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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To PaulH: Thanks Paul,undoredo 1 11-26 20:20
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Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-25 2:55]

They just keep getting better!!!!
This is the best so far!
I am speechless!

Hello Kevin,

I come back :-). The best shot, I think. The WS picture is very good also.

Hi Kevin.
Awesome timing, wonderful shot. Perfect exposure, colour, sharpness and detail.


wow! saving the best for last?! again another unbelivable shot of the pretty flying Blue Jays -
this is really filling up my favorites.*g* how did you get him do such an awesome pose? the details are fantastic as usual,
as well as the sharpness, colors and light. perfect job & best wishes, thor.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-25 3:31]

Your in-flight shots are unique, Kevin!
This one, like the other two of the Blue jay is a marvel and showing and unusual POV in this technically and esthetically excellent shot.
Well done, my friend,
And thanks,

ciao Kevin

hat to say...pose marvellous! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you are succeeded to capture of this Blue Jay in its brightness details and incredible colors with a BG that the clearness improve of it
fantastic work.....super!!!!!

have a nice sunday sERGIO

Salut Kevin
Ravi de retrouver cette image aujourd'hui, merci !
C'est encore une pure merveille ! Bravo !

Hello Kevin,
This is really great stuff...
One of the best, I guess!
No need for words. You 'have to' enjoy it....

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-25 5:43]

Hello Kevin,
Another exciting photo of a Blue Jay. What a wonderful pose. Perfect timing. Colours, details, contrast against the BG, exposure and composition are amazing. A masterpiece!

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-25 5:59]

Hi, my dear friend.
Your last three photos deduce you in number of the best bird photographers. My congratulations and thanks for chance to see so amazing pictures. All three shots are the best and absolutely outstanding. It would be impossible if it would not be (sorry for my English). POV is fantastic.
You mast take fourth shot. You are from above, the bird is from below :- )))
Bravo, Bravo and Bravo.

An amazingly innovative point of view, Kevin.
You have captured the bird in a posture that is rare to see.
The action shot is sharp and crisp and again speaks volumes about your great gift as a nature photographer.
TFS and take care.

Hello Kevin,
The action is so well captured!
Perfect freeze, not a tad of visible motion blur...
Well balanced composition, great colour palette... Excellent work!
Pablo -

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-25 6:10]

Hello Kevin,
Quite amazing how you've had time to capture this bird from all angles! This one is as impressive as the previous ones. I don't know what to say, I'm just very impressed!!
Many thanks, Ulla

  • Great 
  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-25 6:18]

Hi Kevin,
What a perfection! It reminds me of an angel. Impressive action shot.
Very well done

Hi Kevein,
There's that birdie, I thought he flew away ;}
Excellent work in this series of captures, the coup de gras!
Superb inflight in every way,

excellent pose captured and very good quality, well done !

Hi Kevin,
This is really amazing!
You've done so exceptionally well with your macro lens!
It's so good the frozen pose and the beauty of the extended wings.
You managed so good the exposure that got not traces of noise on the dark feathers under shadow.
You must have had a lot of light there, impressive the 1/4000 shutter speed at ISO 200.
A remarkable picture!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hello Kevin
What a wonderful shot you captured,
I think the best is last :o)
Perfect details,shapness and colors,Superb shot, Welldone.



Outstanding job,
The other shot is just as good,
You have capture a true work of art here,
Very well done,


  • Great 
  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-11-25 8:29]

HI Kevin,
There aint anything i can add to whats already been said. Just very well done. TFS

  • Great 
  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-25 8:46]
  • [+]

What can I say Kevin ? I'm speechless. This is incredible work ! Perfect ! Thank you so much !


each one is better than the other, good for u, TFS Ori

Hello Seo,
This is just a awesome piece of nature photographing!
this photo is just all photographer try the best to achieve and you had done it perfectly!
my compliment again
you are good!

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-25 9:16]

Hola Kevin. Fantastica y muy hermosa la foto. Muy nitidos colores del plumaje de este bello "Pajaro Azul"
Exelente trabajo Kevin.

woa great catch :D

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-25 11:23]

!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 points !!!!!!! the pic talk alone. Luciano.

  • Great 
  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-25 11:25]
  • [+]

Hi Kevin

This is simply amazing! I'm quite lost for words seeing another fantastic shot from your most impressive theme of in-flight blue jays.
I guess i couls take this one is a funny way, too - with the pose of the jay saying "Stop!" - just like a policeman in traffic control :))
Again, needless to say you've acomplished magnificent sharpness and you managed to freeze the action suprbly.
I also love the bonus picture from the workshop, too!
I have nothing but imense respect for you for this entire series, my friend! Especially considerring that you shot all these shots with a short macro lens. (how was it, by the way?)


  • Great 
  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-11-25 11:43]

Hi Kevin,
This series of captures is clearly an exhaustive and beautiful presentation of this beautiful bird. Technical and aestetically perfect!
TFS, José M.

Hello Kevin , very difficult to capture this bird like this with 105 mm Lens , TFS and good luck .

  • Great 
  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-25 13:40]
  • [+]

Salut Kevin,
Ta photo est impressionnante. Les couleurs et la posture de l'oiseau est vraiment impressionnent.

Woow Kevin what a Beauty

SUPERB POV with excellent sharp details and colors
Perfect timing, DOF and a good BG

TFS Thijs

Hello Kevin, Wow what a shot just stunning mate, excellent detail, just perfect, tfs Cheers Rick

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-25 19:13]

Hello Kevin

Another WOW!
This is like you had a second camera set up for a different angle from your last post.
The focus is sharp and the plumage is well defined.
Excellent colours and lighting.
This is exceptional clarity.
Fantastic work.


  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-11-25 19:49]

That's a fantastic pose you have captured, Kevin.
I really like this POV. Very funny and unusual.
Excellent details and DOF.
TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-26 2:42]

Fantastic POV Kevin, sharp and clear shot, great colors, one more in fantastic series

Hello Kevin
I have to be honest and say that I have missed your series but now I have the delight of looking over it...I really am stunned at what you have achieved here..It is awe inspiring..and with just a 105mm lense..you had to be close!!...This in all honesty is the best inflight picture I have ever seen and I commend you on your thought to create such a scene.
Best Regards

  • Great 
  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-26 8:58]
  • [+]

Wow Kevin...how do you do it? Consistantly high level. Everything about this is very impressive indeed, one of your best in my opinion. Clear sharp, perfectly timed and amazing exposure and DOF...very well done my friend.

Hi Kevin,
Superb picture!
Splendid colors, sharpness and details.
"Incredible POV!"
Thanks for sharing more this other marvel!
José Roberto

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for another fantastic inflight of this Jay.
Incredible POV/pose and focus detail
Great work, TFS

  • Great 
  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-27 18:13]

Hello Kevin,
Your Blue Jay pictures are simply amazing... This one is PERFECT TOO!!!


bonjour kevin
dans la serie extraordinaire,en voila une autre.
je reste sans voix...........
felicitations une fois de plus.

Hi Kevin

Amazing, I don't know how you managed to get this one, but its great work. Everything is perfect, an outstanding shot.

I'm off to central america today, not back until mid January.


  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-30 17:39]

Bravo,superbe prise.

Hi Kevin,
the logical consequence of how to finish that superb series of in-flight captures. Extremely precise, and very elegant. My congratulations.
With best regards,

Hello Kevin, tremendous work! Really is an outstanding shot, one to be proud of. Everything is just right, the light, contrast, details, timing... well done yet again. TFS, my best rgds, Necip

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

Realmente este pájaro estaba luciendo sus mejores vuelos para que lo captaras en todas sus facetas.
Bellos colores y excelente nitidez.
Saludos, JL.

  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-11 13:29]

WOW!!! Astounding!!
How beautiful!! It's the most impressive capture of a bird I have ever seen!
A perfect shot and a real humdinger!
I love it!
Thank you very much for this marvel.

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-11 23:22]

Hi Kevin

This is a superb shot - your timing is spot-on. The detail is wonderful and combines with the great lighting to make this an outstanding shot.


Bellissima anche foto!!! Complimenti per la tua abilitŕ!!!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

Well done and TFS

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