Bluejay + Bluejay

Mean, and raucous, - but beautiful.

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Technical Details

Is this a composite: No
Canon 60D
Canon 70-300 IS USM zoom
1/1000 sec.
ISO 2000
Hand Held

Processed in ACR and PSE 2020 for exposure, sharpness, and cropping. Topaz De-noise applied.


Definitely a beautiful bird. Looks like the point of focus was on the bright blue plumage just in front of the tail. I find the head to be a little soft. Additionally I think you would be better if you got down lower if that is at all possible. I think it’s really important to try to be on the same level as the bird rather than looking up or down at it. Yes, sometimes you don’t have a choice. I understand that.

Ha! Sorry…the second image is the one I meant to upload!

While the second image is sharper, I prefer the pose on the slightly softer image, Terry. The second is obviously quite sharp out of the camera and I think you may have overdone the processing just a bit-the feather detail is starting to look just a bit coarse in the larger image. Nice work.

Hi Terry! I like the + Bluejay better! Ha! Seriously though, really nice photo and your description is so true!

Thanks @Dennis_Plank. I agree with both observations.

Hi @Vanessa_Hill. Glad you like the + Bluejay! :grinning: Not sure how I mistakenly uploaded the first image!

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Hi Terry, I like seeing the eye so well in the second image and the tip to tail sharpness. These are beautiful birds despite their mean streak. Nice catch.

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Nice birds, well done. My preference would be the second image. As you sort of look down on the bird (as opposed to being eye level with it), the down-looking pose in the first image emphasises that - on the second it’s less an issue. For me that is, of course :wink: . Cheers, Hans

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