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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-14 19:26
Viewed: 3169
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
Today Evelynn and Jerry Smith caught up to Lucy and I in Gardiner, Montana. We had a bit of a visit then went into Yellowstone's Lamar Valley. I pulled over to let them catch up and while we were waiting a Mountain Bluebird landed on a dead bush right beside the truck and here is the result. Lucky capture I would say.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-14 19:58]

Hello Rick
Lucky but perfect capture.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Rick,a very lucky catch and rather beautiful one at that.He sure is a handsome looking little chappy with such intense blue plumage against a fine light blue background.The focus is crisp and well detailed and the crop is well thought out and balanced.It sure would be nice to live in a place like Yellowstone full time given the great shots you getting and such good variety.Keep 'em coming and show the world why nature matters and just how wonderful it is.It has occurred to me,Rick, that it is becoming hard to find something to critique in so many of your shots of nature as they are so excellent as you present them.A fine image and thanks for sharing it with us.


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2010-05-14 22:14]

Hello Rick !
You are really lucky ! It is a lovely shot and the composition, colors and sharpness are great ! Amazing pic !
Have a nice w-end!
Love from,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-05-15 0:03]

Hello Rick,

Excellent portrait of these Mountain Bluebird.
Sharpness and clarity make this image wonderful.
Plumage, beak and eye are splendid taken. TFS

Have a nice weekend,

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-05-15 0:20]

Amazing"blue capture" Rick! I know only you can do it that well! Wonderful, artistic masterpiece indeed!
George Veltchev

Wow Rick
not only a wondefull bird but also a just perfect bg
and a wonderfull compo too

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-15 0:32]

Hola Rick,
splendid capture friend
Outstanding color and definition ...
your luck is magnificent, :))...

perfect capture, TFS Ori

Hello Rick,

cool blues, really you are lucky to get such a fine image of the beautiful bird, well composed too. tfs


Hallo Rick
Only little time but...
Lucky you for capturing this blue beauty! The Mountain Bluebird is a spectacular bird and it looks as if it fell into an inkpot. A very special image indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-15 5:40]

Hi Rick,
this is a stunning view. The blue is so exciting and special. You have composed it so well in good details and well featured.
the white branch gives a very graphical presentation.


wow, this is one of the prettiest birds i have ever seen! :-)
excellent clear and sharp capture, love the incredible blue.
i really would like to see one of those while waiting...
superb job & best wishes, thor.

  • phouts Silver Star Critiquer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 2] (36)
  • [2010-05-15 8:50]

Dear Rick
The dead bush twigs make all the difference. It is a lovely composition as well as a very sharp, clear picture of the bird.

hello Rick

with his blue colored plumage it is a very beautiful bird
the Mountain Bluebird, on this photo shot with fine POV
and framing, fine focus excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Rick,
Amazing image, good composition, lovely colors, great details and sharpness.

Hi and Good Morning Rick,

Magnificent capture, seems perfect in every way. Great use of the shallow DOF, everything looks amazingly sharp and focused as a result. Photography at it's finest MF!
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-15 23:07]

Hi Rick,

This one is a bird that I have never seen. I guess that it doesn't visit the locations that I go to. Your shot is well taken and presented. If I could quibble a bit, it all seems too blue, and the top of the photo could be better. But, the bird is sure shown well. Very nice work! TFS.


Hi Rick,
A striking image, pinsharp and well exposed.Magnificent colouration and great angle.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-05-16 9:19]

Now THAT is a beauty!
You captured it perfectly!
Truly exquisite.
Please say hi to Evelynn and Jerry for me.
Have a wonderful time shooting together.
And since Evelynn won't post anymore,
I will depend on you to keep me posted on your adventures. : )
TFS. : )

This is INDEED one of the, "THE" best ones I've ever seen.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-16 17:59]

Hello Rick,
That's how it always seems to happen to me too. Some of my better shots came about from a spur of the moment unplanned event similar to yours.
The bird is simply gorgeous in appearance and color. The focus is tac sharp and the pose gives us a great view of this beautiful birds plumage. Perfectly exposed and shown with fine detail. Well done!!

Lucky maybe, but you were out and ready to make it,

well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-17 12:34]

Hello Rick,
Back from my holiday in Senegal and The Gambia, I find this fascinating photo. What a beauty! Great sharpness, details and wonderful colours. Excellent POV and composition.

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