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Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

By teocali
Had another visit from the Jay - he was tantalizingly close, perching in a very twiggy hornbeam tree, so I couldn't get a clear shot of him. In V1 I have cloned out the fine blurred twigs going across his body. V2 is the original. I am sure that somebody out there might be able to do a better job and submit a mod Smile

Settings: F/5.6 1/250sec ISO400 @700mm tripod manual

Thank you all so much for your C&Cs on my Amaryllis upload.

Tags: Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature

Voters: Shroomer, CarolG, Alec1 and 34 more

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Shroomer 14 14 167 England
25 Jan 2010 9:20AM
Lovely capture Sylvia and dont mind the twigs as Jays generally hide deep in trees, so this is a natural as it gets
Will have a go at a MOD later
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
25 Jan 2010 9:30AM
Have tried a mod, Sylvia, not very successfully, though! A super image, very well captured. Carol
Ray42 13 3 England
25 Jan 2010 9:33AM
A lovely capture - Carol just beat me too it - great minds..... Love it
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 10:35AM
2 great mods but I like yours anyway, its natural
12 10 10 England
25 Jan 2010 10:39AM
Like your V2 presentation.
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
25 Jan 2010 10:46AM
Did the Mod Sylvia. Standard cloning, then selected Jay with the wand and feathered lightly, then inverted to gaussian blur the bg. Then increased highlighlight in the eye, smart sharpened and finished with a little Neat Image to remove noise and added a touch more sharpen to bring out the chest.
Loved it what a challenge
Tip of the day
Get the secateurs out and cut a gap in the
teocali Plus
13 442 18 England
25 Jan 2010 11:05AM
Two excellent mods on V1 from Carol and Ray and one really superb one on V2 from Richard, complete with method (above) which is very much appreciated - thank you all so much for your interest and time. Love the gardening tip of the day Richard, but it would involve a ladder LOL

Now, another challenge - a change which I just couldn't work out how to do myself:- If you take V2 and ignore taking out the main twig and concentrate on the blurred one which goes from the right, across the sharp twig and then into the black patch in the bird's face and up to above the beak, you will see how it has affected these parts. In V1, where I had decided to leave the sharp twig in, I managed to clone out the part across the body reasonably well, but couldn't deal with the tonal effects across the sharp twig and into the face. Would love to see this done if anybody has the time and inclination Wink
Shroomer 14 14 167 England
25 Jan 2010 11:36AM
Tried to blend the tones using blur /clone and smudge Sylvia
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 12:42PM
Clever mods but I Like your version with some twigs left in. They put the bird in context!
FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
25 Jan 2010 1:36PM
Some good mods here Sylvia on this fine shot, looks good without the offending twigs, not too sure it needed the extra sharpening though imho,
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
25 Jan 2010 2:02PM
A lovely orriginal image and some great mods too. - gary
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 2:17PM
what a great capture, Jay's are so very elusive that you have got him at all is amazing
like the mods but also agree it looks good with the twigs in
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
25 Jan 2010 2:24PM
Well done all. Lovely images............Sandy
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
25 Jan 2010 2:29PM
Hi Sylvia, I like your shot of the jay very much, and for me V 1 is preferable. Whilst the mods to remove the twig across the bird's chest are cleverly done, I do not find its presence at all offensive - you are seeing the bird in a natural setting and that appeals to me just as much.
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
25 Jan 2010 2:36PM
What a super capture Sylvia, some great mods also, cloning can be a big pain.
Gezina 14 3 6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 3:42PM
Firstly a top shot with wonderful detail in the plumag - a shame about the twig but natural environment - good mods too - kept a few people busy Wink Ina
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
25 Jan 2010 7:59PM

Quote:Clever mods but I Like your version with some twigs left in. They put the bird in context!

I have to say that in the main I agree with the above sentiment Sylvia. The original seemed totally naturalistic and well shot to me.
lostintime 13 13 6 Germany
25 Jan 2010 8:18PM
A wonderfully detailed capture with beautiful colours, love it.
25 Jan 2010 11:27PM
Two excellent natural captures Sylvia,the mods work well but sometimes natural is best !! Excellent detail
arhb 14 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 1:25PM
Superb capture Sylvia, not an easy bird to photograph.
27 Jan 2010 6:40PM
A very well captured image of a very difficult subject Sylvia, although Richard has excellent work, I prefer the original, a very shy and easily spooked bird, keep on trying one day he/she will sit out.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2010 9:15PM
Excellent shot Sylvia and some cracking work with the mods, although I think Richard's tip about the secateurs wins the prize!
(I can add that "pigeon graffiti" on church doors is also a lot easier to remove before a wedding, than from the shots later Wink)

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