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Kissin Jays

By sehrbrock
Two Blue Jays Kissin

Tags: Blue jay Wildlife and nature

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24 May 2019 2:00AM
Good moment captured.


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24 May 2019 2:23AM
Thanks I was lucky on this one
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
24 May 2019 8:22AM
The content is excellent, but the quality is a touch off. Not entirely crisp which may be focusing, the lens wide open and thus a bit soft or the high ISO, or a bit of all three. Pin sharp detail is a requirement of natural history.

A bit of careful dodging round the eyes to lighten them too.

Difficult circumstances and as a record to keep, quite adequate.

dudler Plus
15 861 1489 England
24 May 2019 10:10AM
I'm taking this in the context of your previous posts, Richard, and it looks very much like progress to me! Well done!

Paul is absolutely right in terms of absolute quality: and in the context of getting a shot that is decent quality, with a lens of limited length, you're far closer than before. The high ISO has allowed a shutter speed that freezes subject movement and camera shake pretty well. You are still needing to crop a bit, and to work at maximum paerture, but this is as good as it gets in the conditions, I reckon. Paul's mod helps with subtle tonal changes, using hte Dodge tool, set, I think, to quite a low exposure.
banehawi Plus
15 2.0k 4006 Canada
24 May 2019 12:27PM
A good effort, nice fast shutter

pamelajean Plus
13 1.1k 2080 United Kingdom
24 May 2019 8:39PM
I'm glad you've been out with your camera, Richard, and have come home with a beautiful image.
I like the interaction of the two birds, the way you show the attractive back feathers, and also the diagonal of the perch.

The subject makes up for the lack of quality. The birds sit well in your frame, not too big and not too small.
The shutter speed you used was very good for moving subjects like these.

Compositionally, it's fine as it is, but I wanted to bring that branch into the bottom left corner, so I did a modification. In doing so, I cropped to square. At the same time, I toned down those bright circular highlights above the birds, preventing them from being distractions. I then brightened the image, adjusted highlights and shadows, and sharpened.


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