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"Jay Bird" the Blue Jay
"Jay Bird" the Blue Jay
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Challenge: The Username Challenge (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
Date: Dec 23, 2005
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 23, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 19 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.5708
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3232
Avg (non-participants): 6.7537
Views since voting: 3289
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 233
Comments: 27
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/05/2006 03:36:31 AM
First, congrats on your top 20 finish with this wonderfully composed candid.

This is truly a wonderful capture, from the sweeping lines of the branches to the pose of the bird. The fore-branch cutting the bird provides a sense of motion, while the back-branch provides a much needed feeling of depth.

As for negatives -- aside from the nitpicking of an OOF tail feather and the general softness of the image (personal preferrence applies, of course), the only real negative is the under-exposure of the little guys face. I find it a real shame he wasn't facing the other direction to take better advantage of available light -- but failing that, judicious adjustment of the tonal values would have brought the face back into parity with the bird's tail end.

Congrats again on a great capture.

David
Critique Club
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01/02/2006 01:02:43 AM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish with this lovely pensive little guy.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/01/2006 11:10:36 PM
this is a very good image. it has a calm studio feel and the dof works very well adding a little sense of depth withthe twig in the back. the focus though feels a little soft. this is just my humble opinion.. :]
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01/01/2006 10:48:43 PM
great capture!
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01/01/2006 10:25:57 PM
8 - This is very nice, really like the colors. Background is nice and simple and 'pure'. Criticism; difficult, especially seeing as this is likely 'opportune', but sharper, but you likely know that, especially on the face. A little lighter too, as is on the tail/wing, make this better in my opinion. Difficult to adjust the lighting/contrast, especially seeing as the 'rear end' looks like it is starting to 'go' as is. Good capture though. Up to 8 from 7.
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01/01/2006 10:23:53 PM
Very nice image
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01/01/2006 08:26:31 PM
Nice shot of the Blue Jay. Brings back fond memories of upstate NY in the winter. Great clarity and color on the wings.
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01/01/2006 07:56:43 PM
Very nice close up shot! Love the colors and details here.
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01/01/2006 04:50:30 PM
Nicely composed
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12/31/2005 11:47:00 PM
Excellent photo, the focus & DOF are right on as is the color.
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12/31/2005 06:56:53 PM
I do not know why validation was needed here. Very nice capture. Bumping up.
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12/30/2005 09:32:55 PM
Beautiful capture
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12/29/2005 10:08:01 PM
Great photo..!! I like it..!!!! 10...10...10..!!
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12/29/2005 07:10:36 PM
Nice shot, well done to get a plain background and sharp picture of a bird like this.
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12/28/2005 09:58:26 PM
Nice clarity, nice color saturation 8
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12/27/2005 07:25:31 PM
Super shot, great balance, great image...............
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12/27/2005 06:47:35 PM
One bird - two challenges! Works for me! :-) Great image (again).
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12/27/2005 02:03:59 PM
Very nice
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12/27/2005 12:39:34 PM
great bokeh...i think a bit more UnSharp Mask might help this shot even more, one of the better bird shots

A nice *tweet*
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12/26/2005 11:42:53 PM
the photo is gorgeous - I love the blurred stick in the background for the added depth it gives. I think the less cluttered "Jay Bird" would have been a suitable title. Bit of grain in the background, especially in the darker greys - intentional?
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12/26/2005 06:47:01 PM
Awwww, who doesn't love a blue jay! Nice one!
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12/26/2005 12:40:02 PM
great capture, wonderful detail!
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12/26/2005 08:40:18 AM
Background near the left claw on right portion needed precise editing of back ground. I give seven.
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12/26/2005 08:17:19 AM
AWESOME...10
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12/26/2005 04:15:52 AM
ahh, sweet ickle birdy. nice and crisp on the feathers!
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12/26/2005 01:08:19 AM
Very nice. Great colors and detail. the DOF is perfect. It definitely has the awww factor!
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12/26/2005 01:06:45 AM
same bird...same branch....different pose as 'bird's eye view'
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