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Thoughtful Jay !

By WindowonWildlife    
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 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

Tags: Dorset Jay Bird Stick Moss Lichen Wildlife and nature WindowOnWildlife Dean Mason

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

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12 Feb 2013 7:07PM
Stunning capture.

saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
12 Feb 2013 7:08PM
Amazing and wonderful capture,
12 Feb 2013 7:11PM
...I always wondered Dean Wink
Great shot by the way
12 Feb 2013 7:13PM
Love your 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?
7 10 10 England
12 Feb 2013 7:15PM
Enjoyed your write up as well as the superb jay - patience in abundance! Can I buy some from youGrinGrinGrin
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:15PM
tip top detail dean another stunning capture nice one mate Wink
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:15PM
Such an excellent image.
12 Feb 2013 7:19PM
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
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:21PM
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

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

Bravdo Plus
8 17 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:23PM
Stunning captrure and sublime detail.

Trev_B 9 151 68 England
12 Feb 2013 7:28PM
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.


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

12 Feb 2013 7:28PM
Absolutely stunning! Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
9 321 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:28PM
Cracking shot beautiful bird too great perch and background
dave1967 5 4 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:35PM
Another quality shot
12 Feb 2013 7:42PM
A stunner, cracking composition.

OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:45PM
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
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:55PM
Superb shot, Dean.
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
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

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 8:21PM
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.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 8:23PM
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.
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
12 Feb 2013 9:10PM
pretty edifying your story, .. as it is each of your uploads, .. another classy one here, Dean
4 3 7 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:10PM
I new this one was yours from the thumbnail! Thanks also for the wonderful insight into your worldWinkGrin
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
12 Feb 2013 9:35PM
Much respect and admiration per another superb image
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
12 Feb 2013 9:39PM
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
Take-a-View 12 293 5 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:48PM
12 Feb 2013 9:54PM
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 !!
Graham_P 9 1 19 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:27PM
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.
Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:34PM
A good insight to your lifestyle and another cracking image
KBan 11 494 4 England
12 Feb 2013 10:38PM
The intro is as good as the Jay shot Dean.....Thanks

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
12 Feb 2013 10:48PM
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
DerekL 11 166 24 England
12 Feb 2013 10:50PM
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.

tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 10:50PM
This is really fabulous Dean. Bravo.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
12 Feb 2013 11:18PM
I've always admired your patience and the time that you take to get such amazing images Dean!

Sarah *
12 Feb 2013 11:31PM
A fabulous capture of this little beauty.......Sandy
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Feb 2013 12:40AM
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
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
13 Feb 2013 6:27AM
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
Superb shot, very sharp and nicely presented.....
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 12:15PM
Well all due credit to you Dean for dedication, enjoyed reading your intro and love the Jay pic
13 Feb 2013 12:42PM
Interesting potted history Dean - agree about the 300mm f/2.8 !

Nice jay too!

johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2013 8:59PM
Superb photo of one of my favourites Dean and an interesting history too

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