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Copyright: Michel Pilon (pilonm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic DMC FZ - 20 LUMIX
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-16 5:03
Viewed: 4173
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I visited last sunday a great forest within the Eastern Township in Quebec (near St-Claude) where I saw for the first time several splendid Grey Jay!

Grey jays are known to be very confident towards humans...

It is not easy for me and my bridge to take birds in flight. This is why I had to develop some tricks to do so...

Here I need a light camera, an arm enough long ;-), a well positionned sun, a focus done on my fingers, the smallest aperture (f8.0 for my Panasonic), a quick shutter speed (1/1000s), a light under-exposure, a threat (removed with the post-process), a very cooperative gray jay and a lot of chance!

We shake all those ingredients and we wait! One eye on the camera and the other one looking at the bird perched on the pine. When this one takes its flight, we begin to press the button and pray...

Here is the result: a full framed picture :-)

Hoping you like it :-)



The Gray Jay stores large quantities of food for later use. It uses sticky saliva to glue small food items to tree branches above the height of the eventual snow line. It may be this food storage behavior that allows the jay to live so far north throughout the winter.

PaulH, Ena, gerbilratz, jusninasirun, Alex99, haraprasan, Juyona, SelenE, horia, marhowie, loot has marked this note useful
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Salut Michel,
C'est une prise vraiment originale et hors de l'ordinaire! Ces oiseaux sont vraiment familiers, un peu trop à mon goût même... Nous campions un été dans le parc du Mont-Tremblant et ils venaient jusqu'à piger dans nos assiettes sur la table de pic-nic... Je n'en ai jamais revu depuis mais ce sont de très belles créatures.

Les couleurs, l'exposition, les détails et la composition sont impressionnantes, félicitations!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-16 5:23]

Hi Michel
an outstanding shot! All your careful hard work and preperation has really paid off here. I used to have the FZ-20, it is a great camera and you have used it here to it's full capabilites.
Excellent exposure and sharp detail, the slight blur in the wings adds a touch of movement and i really like your POV too.
Thanks for a great note explaining your method of getting this too, well done!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-16 5:40]

Hi Michel,
Stunning capture!
Very original!
Good details and POV!

Projectile peu commun, belle composition et bons détails... un image..TFS très digne la bonne information aussi bien.

Hello Michel,
I was reading your notes full of interest. The suspense did have some effect on my adrenalin rush. Very interesting indeed!
As for the picture, you luck is well printed on this page in brilliant clarity and sharpness. Excellent details and of course, very well lit. I like it.
Best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-16 7:35]

Hi Michel.
Fantastic shot despite difficult shooting conditions. All is great. Composition. Timing. Impressive DOF and surroundings, perfect exposure level and colour reproduction. Bravo. Perfect job and my best wishes.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-16 8:41]

Hi Michel,
Good to have you back after a while. Outstanding shot and you have freezed this marvellous moment perfectly. Truely the confidence is showing on the face of the Jay. Must have had a fabulous time. Excellent POV to portray this scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Michel,
A lovely capture of this in flight gray jay. Very well timed with very good composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Bonjour Michel,
How are you! Nice to see your excellent posting once again, my dear friend!
My compliment towards this superb presentation in perfection!
the exposure and focus is spot on in total sharpness, vivid colour and details
I loved this image a lot and many thanks to that

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-16 19:43]

Bonjour Michel,

Bravo, tous les ingrédients se sont bien mélangés et tu nous présentes ici une délicieuse photo de ce geai gris. Une excellente netteté, un parfait focus et un bel oeil qui brille dans un décor enchanteur.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-17 4:38]

Hola Michel,
precioso trabajo,
detalles y gran originalidad...
hermoso trabajo,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-17 11:30]

Hi Michel,
Interesting one :o) I liked the pose you captured a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-17 13:37]

Hi Michel

Yes...confidence is really the key sometimes!
In this case it landeed you with a splendid and unique shot of this lovely gray jay!
You did great to take the chance and hold out your hand in order to lure the bird and shoot with the other. The bird did good to be confident enough to come and get the bait and give you this terrific pose.
Very good camera management and focusing.
Nice work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michel,
Cool! :) I like this very much, because it shows man interacting with nature in a very postive way. The bird is captured in excellent fashion, with it's open wings AND man's out-stretched hand in symbolic imagery.

Reminds of Robert Downings words.."A man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what's heaven for".
Very well done,

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2008-01-20 6:35]

Bonjour Michel,
quelle bonne idée de composition et quel habileté pour la réaliser ...BRAVO !

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