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Old May 27, 2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Hard to catch a Blue Jay sitting still

It is hard to catch a Blue Jay sitting still...
A bit tricky as the four shots below all took place in one second.
They swoop in, grab it and run...









Some from yesterday & today:







A Couple favorites from the past...



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Old May 27, 2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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Nice captures of a striking looking bird. Quite different from our Eastern Blue Jays. If there is food around ours will stay occupied for a long time and they are easily photographed.

The last one is my favorite

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Well taken, the 2nd is my favourite.
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second what Rodney said.
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Hi Jack,

Very nice captures. I like #2 also, but the last one is my favorite because of the pose, background and setting. I'd have cropped it vertical with the bird to the left in the frame, but that's just me.

I assume this is a Western Scrub Jay, but don't really know since they don't hang out around here.

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Hi Jack,

Very nice captures. I like #2 also, but the last one is my favorite because of the pose, background and setting. I'd have cropped it vertical with the bird to the left in the frame, but that's just me.

I assume this is a Western Scrub Jay, but don't really know since they don't hang out around here.

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I'll try that. I'm ALWAYS open to advice!

Your correct, it is a Western Scrub Jay.
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Well, it is a Jay and it is blue, but it is not a Blue Jay - mostly those are found East of the Rockies. Here in the West we have Scrub Jays (this one) and Steller's Jays in the Mountains. Nice pictures, (you have shown both here and elsewhere that you have an eye for what makes a good photo - I like the close-ups and the action in #2) but frankly, like most of the P90 shots I have seen posted (especially the longer focal lengths), they could use a little (more?) sharpening in PP, as could these Pentax shots. If you can set the cameras for increased in-camera sharpness, it might help to do that.

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Some great action shots! I especially like the 7th one (in the pines) - such a striking pose and great background. Maybe it's just my (cheap) monitor, or maybe it's because it's a different species of Jay from ours, but on some of the shots, the feathers look a bit soft or lacking in detail. (Or maybe it's just my old eyes!!) Thanks for sharing a great, colorful, well-composed series!
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Hey Jack,
I think #7 is terrific as far as pose and comp is concerned, it just a shame the highlights are blown or it'd be a wall hanger.
I like them all but, I think #9 is my favorite.
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Hey Jack,
I think #7 is terrific as far as pose and comp is concerned, it just a shame the highlights are blown or it'd be a wall hanger.
I like them all but, I think #9 is my favorite.
Can you or someone explain what is meant by "Hightlights are blown"?
I don't see where it is blown in #7, but again, I'm no expert. Help me out on what to fix.
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