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Thoughtful Jay !

For those that are interested & to answer most of the questions i've been asked, both present and past.....Here is a brief insight into my world.......!
I work Mon-Fri in a stressful office environment, weekends are my breath of fresh air and my time. Time for me to avoid the hustle and bustle of crowds, grab my gear and enjoy the wonders of mother nature and its creations. I do that quite obviously through the lens and enjoy the rest, peace and relaxation avoiding people at all costs (within reason).
An average day with camera & location would be between 8-12 hours, often sitting in a portable hide for the full duration. I visit various locations to ascertain what subjects are residing and then decide wether its worth the effort of setting up.
I have ideas of what subjects sit best on specific perches (sticks) to some !! Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't......but without trying one never knows.
I never bat an eyelid in spending a good 10 hours on the Saturday & another 10 hours on the Sunday, just sitting and waiting for the shot i'm after......It usually pays off in the end, wether it's a few hours or a few weeks........Patience I have in abundance !!

Relationship status - Single and loving it Smile (No woman in their right mind would put up with the disappearing act) as i've found out in the past .. Lol Smile
I enjoy solitude, quite selfish on that front and don't like too many distractions whilst attempting to capture the image i'm after.
Close and true friends I can count on one hand, i'm very distrusting and wary of others...so as I say, when possible avoid large gatherings....Not my cup of tea !!

The love of my life to date : My 300mm f2.8 Wink she's awesome !!

Well, there you go......the life of a Dorset Wildlife Photographer (condensed) Smile

Now I must thank : tomcat, Campervanman, pollisher, lawbert, SUE118, Quoise, ValSaxby, johnjo58 and pudd64 for their UA's on the previous upload and thank you ALL for your continued support, votes, comments and clicks which as always are valued, welcomed and appreciated.

All the very best
Dean

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3s Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 300mm f2.8 + 1.4 Nikon TC
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Thoughtful Jay !
Username:WindowonWildlife WindowonWildlife
Uploaded:12 Feb 2013 - 7:06 PM
Tags:Bird, Dean Mason, Dorset, Jay, Lichen, Moss, Stick, Wildlife / nature, WindowOnWildlife
Votes:90

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pdunstan_Greymoon
pdunstan_Greymoon e2 Member 2pdunstan_Greymoon vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:07 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful shot...slightly envious!

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baxster
baxster  6 England
12 Feb 2013 - 7:07 PM

Stunning capture.

Ian

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:08 PM

Amazing and wonderful capture,
saeid

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:11 PM

...I always wondered Dean Wink
Great shot by the way
Mike

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:13 PM

Love your description..............it almost mirrors my thoughts and actions and feelings........and I understand everything you have written..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

BTW lovely Jay.............great pose, I wonder what the bird is thinking?

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:15 PM

Enjoyed your write up as well as the superb jay - patience in abundance! Can I buy some from youGrinGrinGrin
Joan.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:15 PM

tip top detail dean another stunning capture nice one mate Wink
andy

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:15 PM

Such an excellent image.

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miggy100
miggy100  2
12 Feb 2013 - 7:19 PM

Superb capture... i think there are a lot more people than you think with your views.....and is it selfish?... or just that you know what you love doing and are lucky enough to be able to do it......beautiful picture

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85862 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:21 PM

I think you have answered a lot of questions, that folks have had on their mindsSmile

Each to their own Dean and I commend you for itGrin

Quote:
Close and true friends I can count on one hand

A sentiment I can heartily agree with and I live with two themWink


Quote: I enjoy solitude, quite selfish on that front and don't like too many distractions whilst attempting to capture the image i'm after.

Same here mate - I do enjoy other's company at times, especially during one of those far and few meets I attend (the last one was with Mossy, Ron and Sylvia at Donna Nook 2011 - we all had a great time, especially in the eveningTongue), but I am happiest when I am at the woods on my own.

Another fine Jay, by the wayWink


Adrian

Last Modified By tomcat at 12 Feb 2013 - 7:24 PM

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:23 PM

Stunning captrure and sublime detail.

Barry

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7101 forum postsTrev_B vcard England63 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:28 PM

Well Dean, reading the potted version of your life certainly explains how and why you get such exquisite images. Definitely the patience of a saint.

This Jay is stunning.... well done.

PS

Quote: The love of my life to date : My 300mm f2.8 she's awesome !!

Have you told this to Compo.....he's going to be guttedWink

Trev

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Jenny-D
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12 Feb 2013 - 7:28 PM

Absolutely stunning! Smile

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7116 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 7:28 PM

Cracking shot beautiful bird too great perch and background

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dave1967
dave1967 e2 Member 2dave1967 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:35 PM

Another quality shot
Dave

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Jefflor
Jefflor  1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:42 PM

A stunner, cracking composition.

Jeff

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:45 PM

Great read Dean and thats why your top notch with the camera.
Great Jay capture Mate great detail and love the space you've given it, great work as always.
Thanks againWink
Regards Shaun

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 7:55 PM

Superb shot, Dean.
Tony

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 571 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:07 PM

Good reading , wish i could spend my weekends as you do, suppose i am lucky i can do it in the week and leave the weekends free to spend with the better half , although sometimes i think she would be pleased if i vanished for 8 hours...........lol..
Your photography skills are excellent ,and certainly a challenge to people like me to get somewhere near your high standard.
Todays upload once again first class..Dean

David

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:21 PM

An interesting insight into your life style and what is necessary to achieve the results you do, Dean.
And the results of course speak for themselves as this shot demonstrates.
Ronnie.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 8:23 PM

Well Dean your life story on EPZ, im giving up the wife for a 2.8 but dont tell her when you come roundTongueSmileWink She would say would a lens do your washing,cook, clean and cuddle in bed, if so go and get oneWinkWinkTongueSmile I think your a good mate and thanks for showing me how to get better shots. Maybe ill get one like yours today.
Brian

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senn
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:10 PM

pretty edifying your story, .. as it is each of your uploads, .. another classy one here, Dean

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BIGRY1
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:10 PM

I new this one was yours from the thumbnail! Thanks also for the wonderful insight into your worldWinkGrin
Ryan

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chris-p
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:35 PM

Much respect and admiration ...as per another superb image

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12 Feb 2013 - 9:39 PM

A fantastic image of this handsome bird, I'm lichen both your photograph and write up. Despite you stating otherwise you obviously have no problem in attracting the birds!Wink

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Take-a-View
12 Feb 2013 - 9:48 PM

Stunning!

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PhilSingleton
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:54 PM

Thanks for the insight into how time after time you capture such fantastic images. I certainly hope you never get bored of your own company as it is always a pleasure to view your shots. By the way .......... The Jay is superb Wink !!
Phil.

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:27 PM

Another superb Jay image Dean and a good insight as to just what goes into getting some superb wildlife images.
Thankfully I no longer have to work and have a very understanding wife, Smile
Oh and a few good friends.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 10:34 PM

A good insight to your lifestyle and another cracking image
Steve

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KBan
KBan  9456 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:38 PM

The intro is as good as the Jay shot Dean.....Thanks

Keith

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Maiwand
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:48 PM

Great narrative Dean, there is lots there that I am sure quite a lot of use would subscribe to.!! This latest shot clearly shows every inch of your skills.GrinGrin
Ron

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:50 PM

As they say, pressing the button is easy, it's the preparation that requires skill and patience.
Another 1st class bird image of a timid bird Dean.
Maybe toning down the circular highlights in the top left background would remove a slight distraction, but that is really nitpicking.

Derek

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tonyng
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:50 PM

This is really fabulous Dean. Bravo.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 11:18 PM

I've always admired your patience and the time that you take to get such amazing images Dean!

Sarah *

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12 Feb 2013 - 11:31 PM

A fabulous capture of this little beauty.......Sandy

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 12:40 AM

Fantastic shot.. And now we have all learned how it works!
That was a very interesting insight... Well my partner luckily has ascertain tolerance for my pursuits... Ten hours on a weekend would be not possible though, he does like his dinner!
Also glad to have my friend an neighbour Pam who loves flutterbies as much asi do so she is an excellent spotterSmile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 6:27 AM

A most interesting condensed story of your life, Dean, and one that runs parallel with mine in many ways. A superb caapture of this stunning jay, your patience pays off every time. Carol

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amarmishra1910
13 Feb 2013 - 12:12 PM

Superb shot, very sharp and nicely presented.....

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 12:15 PM

Well all due credit to you Dean for dedication, enjoyed reading your intro and love the Jay pic

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DaveBartlett
13 Feb 2013 - 12:42 PM

Interesting potted history Dean - agree about the 300mm f/2.8 !

Nice jay too!

Dave

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johnjo58
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13 Feb 2013 - 8:59 PM

Superb photo of one of my favourites Dean and an interesting history too
David

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