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Blue Jay

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Blue Jay

Another Blue Jay shot from my backyard. He's standing in the rain.



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Date: Fri June 9, 2006
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.. did you know they liked peanuts in the shell? .. used to feed them very discreetly .. they are not that trusting... but there was one that use to come to my kitchen window... I'd put the shelled peanut in my hand, and extend on the window sill... he/she'd come and take it right from my palm if I were patient... I miss that.. don't see them as much where I am now... Your photo brings all that back... very nice..
"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
#1 Fri June 9, 2006 5:35am

very nice photo and very nice bird too
#2 Fri June 9, 2006 8:32am

This is a very pretty bird,i only wish i could see one for real,and you have captured it so nicely Amanda
#3 Fri June 9, 2006 9:58am

What a super duper shot nice one Amanda Smile
#4 Fri June 9, 2006 12:28pm

Nice capture Amanda! Smile ....Steve
You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams
#5 Fri June 9, 2006 1:41pm

Good shot Amanda
#6 Fri June 9, 2006 3:38pm

very nice shot. perfect zoom & dof.
#7 Fri June 9, 2006 4:37pm

Rachel Scott-Renouf
beutiful bird and great photo!
#8 Fri June 9, 2006 5:33pm

Really nice bird to photograph. Colour is great. I would switch out of auto mode and use Tv or Av and add flash. Fill flash will bring out the colour even more and help bring up the beak and put a catchlight in the eye though you actually have one here from the natural light. Nice work.
#9 Fri June 9, 2006 7:04pm

tumrumble.. that's the kind of critique that can help people (who choose to try it out). Nice example of a photographer talking with a fellow photographer from a place of respect on all angles. Well done!
"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
#10 Fri June 9, 2006 10:31pm

Wow this is incredible! He is so beautiful! And Great color and clarity! Great work! Thank you so much for the wonderful comments on my Knee Deep photo!
#11 Mon June 26, 2006 5:25am

These are such beautiful birds and I wish they were here. Perhaps because it was raining it lacks detail and sharpness, but I don't think that explains the blurriness. The background distractions don't help either. I'm sorry, but there's no way this merits a 9/10, which isn't a criticism of what you're trying to achieve. There's a lot of ego stroking here at the moment and not enough constructive criticism. Rant over - sorry Amanda!
#12 Mon June 26, 2006 7:49am

richard crowe
I have to agree with desertpea on this. This is a nice shot because for most of us it is an unusual bird that we wouldnt see in the wild. Photographically however, there are a few minor flaws (IMO) which would lead me to give it a 7 (it is I feel slightly out of focus and a tad oversharpened - one of my own weaknesses!)I have tried taking bird pictures and know how difficult it is, so I still feel this is a very good effort and I look forward to seeing more. It does not I feel merit a 10 and this is where my hackles have been raised here recently. As dp said above - "...There's a lot of ego stroking here at the moment and not enough constructive criticism..." All too often recently I have seen 10's flying around left right and centre. Certain people just have to put a photo up and it gets a 10! I know its subjective and what I would consider a 10 others may not, but I have seldom given a 10 as I feel these images are something really special that we dont see everyday and that really should deserve it. I feel it also puts others under pressure to give it a higher mark. If a photo has three 10's beside it but you only felt it merited a 7 or 8 - it is more likely that you would either give it a 9 (so as not to seem so disagreeable) or not bother commenting at all. I guess its still the old chestnut of whether we should get rid of or restructure the rating procedure. I personally feel that a 10 scale is too much and should be reduced to at most a 5 with perhaps even a 4 or 3 scale system. I know its nice to get high scores but at the same time we have to be realistic and realise that its all pretty pointless if you can get a 10 for puting up something that is definitely not worthy of a 10. Recently I have been saying to myself 'whats the point in submitting photos anymore?' Yes I want a good score - but at the same time I want to earn it - I want to be a better photographer. At the moment, posting photos here doesnt seem to be helping me to do that. Rant over - Sorry Amanda for hijacking your thread
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#13 Mon June 26, 2006 8:26pm

I think you are aiming this at an innocent subject on the matter. I understand the points you are bringing forward but they have gone beyond the photo critique and should actually be placed in the forum. From what I have known of Amandart here, she will be the first to show humility around here, but crapping her out because of what others have placed as a rating is really a vent that belongs in the discussion forums. I have seen what you are saying elsewhere... even see certain ones low-balling some while high-balling others in his/her circle for photos of often lesser quality... I know what you are saying, and it can be very discouraging..but it's aimed at the wrong person here, and I hope you make a post of this in the forums instead.
"The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera..." - J-H. Lartigue
#14 Mon June 26, 2006 11:34pm

richard crowe
I agree Oly_M that this was not the place to have my rant and will use the forum the next time. No-one is "crapping her" and as I said above I think it is a good photograph if not a little oversharpened and slightly out of focus (like many of my own!)As already iterated above, apologies Amandart - this was not aimed at you in any shape or form and now that I've had my rant and got it out of my system I will crawl back under my stone and go to sleep.
Richard Crowe

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#15 Tue June 27, 2006 12:03am

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