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The Gordini Bird

The Gordini Bird
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Copyright: John Stewart (jstewart) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 0 N: 125] (609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-02-03 23:03
Viewed: 3855
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, OK, its not really a Gordini bird: that's the name on the skier's glove. This is the Canadian Gray Jay, otherwise known as the Whiskey Jack. They are sociable and fearless as they beg for handouts from hikers and skiers. They do not, interestingly, descend from their forests to scrounge urbanly.
This was taken on a snowy, cloudy and totally beautiful day when I was cross-country skiing in the mountains above West Vancouver.
I was very pleased to capture the snow on the feathers. The image is a little fuzzy - the light was challenging, and I've done some playing around with the background, e.g. the lower left corner. Not sure I totally like that, but what do you think?

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  • cali Silver Star Critiquer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 0] (316)
  • [2006-02-04 4:43]

en voilà une bonne surprise !!! Tu as dû avoir une très très grande patience pour obtenir un tel cliché. Je t'envie. Bravo. Je suis très impressionnée.

Hi John

Great shot. Good POV. Nice light. Good composition and depth of colour. Crisp, clear and sharp. Well done. Thanks.

Nice Picture of the Gray Jay.
I would have liked the shot more if the bird was perched on something natural such as a tree or a rock. The gloved hand takes away from the nature part of the picture.
Th esnow is great on the feathers.

Hi John,

Frankly, I like the bird perched on the glove, especially if your hand is in it! Vignetting all the way around would have had a very nice effect if you had used that function to give a more homogeneous vignetting. A difficult shot to capture and quite sharp to boot. TFS


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