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One of my blue jay

One of my blue jay
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/480 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 8:58
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Blue jay
Cyanocitta cristata


Identification Tips:
Length: 10 inches
Black sturdy bill
Blue crest and upperparts
Black eyeline and breastband
Grayish-white throat and underparts
Bright blue wings with black bars and white patches
Long blue tail with black bars and white corners
Dark legs
Migrates during the day in small flocks
Similar species:
Because of its large size, blue coloration and crest the Blue Jay is quite distinctive. Steller's Jay has dark underparts. Other jays lack a crest and have different markings.

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Ola Jean Paul,

Bonita esta foto com este pássaro atento!!!
Fico contente que o sol esteja brincando por ai!!
Lindas tonalidades, composição, luz e nitidez!!
Saudações do sul do Brasil!!!

bonjour JP
comment cela! un de mes geais bleus!
vous les elevés,c'est cela?
bien sur que non mais c'est la encore un plaisir pour les yeux.

Hello Jeanpaul
Excellent shot of this Blue Jay,
Perfect sharpness and composition,
Great DOF and BG, Welldone.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 9:32]

Hi Jean Paul.
What a nice pose and sharpness of the bird and blurriness and colourfulness of the BG. Amazing combination of these impressive components of image. I like the expressive composition, excellent lighting and perfect presentation of this pictorial shot. Bravo and my best wishes.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-23 9:40]

Hello Jean-Paul,
Nice capture of one of your Blue Jays, this time showing an unusual POV. Excellent comp., lighting and pleasing bokeh BG.
Tfs and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-04-23 9:46]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Quelle belle prise de ce magnifique geai bleu!
La netteté est impeccable autant sur l'oiseau que sur la branche.
Les couleurs sont magnifiques, l'arrière-plan, la lumière, la composition, tout est parfait. Mes yeux se régalent.
Mes félicitations!

Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning Jenapaul.
Very nice pic. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-23 10:02]

What a lovely picture, Jean Paul!!
You captured it perfectly well. I love the colors and composition. Excellent sharpness, DOF, light... everything!-
My compliments and TFS.

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-23 10:08]

Hello Jean-Paul,

the colors are impressive, this blue looks very nice and the sharpness of the bird is great, i would have 100% glad if the bird had looked in your direction, but i ask too much. Very good shot. TFS.


Hi JeanPaul,
I can see the spring colors now. Everything is so fresh here. TFS your beautiful Blue Jay.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-04-23 10:57]

Hi Jeanpaul,

This might be one of the most beautiful of all. The pose is wonderful - I love the downward look and the eye showing so well. Beautiful colors and a wonderful setting. Would you send a Blue Jay over here please?


bonjour jeanpaul
encore un très bel oiseau,
il est très réussi, bravo à toi

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-04-23 11:31]

Salut Jean-Paul
Tres belle composition.Les couleurs de l'oiseau et du BG sont excellente.J'aime bien également le details du plumage dans l'aile de l'oiseau.
Bravo Michel

Your studies of the Blue Jays should make a stupedous theme, JP, my friend.
What a lovely pose you have captured this bird in!
The picture is just perfect with spot on focus, wonderful natural colors and a pleasant bokeh BG.
Thanks and take care.

I love the the soft shapes and colors of the background in your photo, JeanPaul. Very lovely. Your jay is nicely exposed and sharp with an interesting pose. I wish the most forward twig had been in focus as it is a little distracting.

Evelynn : )

HI Jeanpaul,
Blue Jay portraited in a very moody scenery.
Beautiful light...
Great work!

Hi Jeanpaul,
I love this bird, wonderful colours and the arrangement is very nice and romantic with the soft BG, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jean Paul,

This looks like a Perfect X-mas card to me
Superb compo with beautiful colours and a lovely pose from the bleu jay

TFS Thijs

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-23 14:14]

Bonjour Jean-Paul

Superb shot of the Beautiful Bluebird, its a really nice pose and a great POV, the details are lovely and sharp with fabulous colours and lighting.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-23 14:58]

Hola Jeanpaul,
Bello disparo amigo,
genial pov y detalles...

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-23 15:51]

Hi Jeanpaul .this is amazing.grat detail compostion and detail .with a great DoF. very good shot, TFs.

Hello Jeanpaul, :)

This is a beautiful shot of a Blue Jay, love the artistic perspective that you have composed. Wonderful POV and colours, the lighting is lovely as well. Thank you for sharing!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-23 21:52]
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Hi JeanPaul

Another well captured shot of this beautiful little bird.

What we (city dwellers and bird park photographers) probably sometimes tends to forget is how difficult it really is to shoot photos like this in a totally wild state. To be able to approach near enough without the subject fleeing and then to be able to compose the shot amidst all the branches and obstacles that might jump in front of the lens. And don't those obstacles just love to always be in the way? I mean, sometimes it seems like it is just lining up, one after the other. If you move one way something will always be behind the subject, which will distract, and when you move the other way, something would be in front of the subject, and so it goes on and on. So, it really takes skill, practice, and patience to be able to shoot this kind of shot in the wild.

Your composition is fine and I like how you managed to disguise the OOF twig in the front of the shot by lining it up with the main branch that the bird is sitting on. The lighting was well controlled ensuring great colours and contrasts on the subject and while there were so many twigs, branches, and leaves to deal with, you still managed to isolate the BG and used the OOF area to compliment the little blue jay.

Well done and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-24 5:21]

Hi JeanPaul

Another lovely blue-jay shot from you!
Again the sharpness on the subject is exceptional and i realyl like its pose here - carefully observing something :)
The DOF is once again great and it isolates the subject very well from the canopy of the tree.
Good composition!

Bravo and TFS

Superbe avec une belle lumière, belle composition et beaux détails.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-04-25 10:37]

Hi Jeanpaul, a very nice composition of this pretty Blue Jay. I like the POV and pose, wonderful colours and sharpness and exposure is great.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-04-26 0:05]

Beautiful! Stunning. I love this photo. The exposure is perfect. Lots of light on your subject but the colors are so natural. Amazing detail. Your excellent DOF gave you a perfectly blurred background to show a little greenery which compliments the jay nicely! Outstanding composition with jay in lower right one-third of frame. Great pose of jay and good eye contact.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-28 11:30]

Salut JeanPaul,
this is lovely, the colors and the composition are wonderful. Lovely pose this bird is giving you with the head so nicely tipped to the side. POV, sharpness and lighting are great.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-04-29 12:05]

C'est une belle posture bien originale. Les couleurs sont impeccables.
Bonne journée.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de ce geai bleu, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


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