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The Gift
The Gift
Strikeslip


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Challenge: Wildlife III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Burlington, Ontario
Date: Jan 20, 2007
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Animals, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2007

A sunny day here for once, what a shocker! So we went over to the Royal Botanical Gardens to feed the chickadees. People always leave lots of seed & snacks along the trails around here for the wildlife. Those are my daughters in the background, my wife is right beside them, but I cropped her out so I could get more detail on the jay in the wee little 640 pix allowed DPC size. It's not easy getting the jays around here in a good shot, as they're really hyper & spazzy. I was lucky to get this shot in the short amount of time allowed by impatient wife & kidlets.

Not much in the way of editing. I did some dodging & burning on the jay, mostly the eye. Such a shame only 640 pixels is allowed, as there is so much nice detail on the jay, oh well.

Here's a 100% crop on his head, you can see the snowflakes on his beak:
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Statistics
Place: 44 out of 218
Avg (all users): 6.3721
Avg (commenters): 6.7200
Avg (participants): 6.2477
Avg (non-participants): 6.4631
Views since voting: 1264
Views during voting: 482
Votes: 258
Comments: 34
Favorites: 0


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01/29/2007 07:33:35 PM
Originally posted by posthumous:

I'm afraid you have an interesting picture that doesn't look like all the other bird pictures in the challenge, so I'll give you a low score and offer some tips on how to be completely conventional...

Haha!
01/29/2007 05:46:21 PM
I'm afraid you have an interesting picture that doesn't look like all the other bird pictures in the challenge, so I'll give you a low score and offer some tips on how to be completely conventional...
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01/29/2007 03:51:34 PM
Originally posted by skewsme:

I got The Gift. You got A Seven. Possibly... if the humans were still watching the jay, to see him get The Gift, the suggestion of interaction would be more easily perceived. I liked the story and the level of saturation. Excellent focus, especially on the peanut.

Good point, though I like the idea of the peanut left behind, to be furtively received later on. :-)
01/29/2007 02:45:08 PM
I got The Gift. You got A Seven. Possibly... if the humans were still watching the jay, to see him get The Gift, the suggestion of interaction would be more easily perceived. I liked the story and the level of saturation. Excellent focus, especially on the peanut.
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01/29/2007 01:56:51 PM
Sadly, it appears I failed to convey the idea to many commentors that the out of focus children in the background left the peanut as THE GIFT. I don't know whether to be more disappointed in the crop-happy, speed-commentors for their inability to see; or myself for my inability to convey.

If I'd wanted a stock photo, I would've made it that way.
:-(
01/29/2007 02:13:44 AM
I thought I recognized those girls! ;-) Nice shot, Slippy! I'm mixed about whether the tighter crop would be better. Tighter maybe, but not just the head perhaps.
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01/29/2007 01:46:40 AM
Nice to see the version with just the jay's head. I really prefer this version and I imagine it would have done better. Thanks for pointing out the snow. Had I noticed on the first time through I probably would have voted higher (another reason to go with the tighter crop)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2007 08:15:17 PM
I like the colors and so glad that you left in the grils to the left
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01/28/2007 06:36:40 PM
This is one of the more interesting photos in contest. I love the perspective and peanut in beak.
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01/28/2007 06:02:17 PM
I like the blurred backround and the focus on the blue jay.
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01/27/2007 05:44:34 PM
weird. cartoony. nice triangles. 9
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01/27/2007 04:20:19 PM
I like this a lot. Would have been a good one for the DOF challenge as well.
9
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01/27/2007 01:47:46 PM
Outstanding, the dof is absolutely perfect. Looks like he is posing just for you, this is a great shot. I just love blue against the almost golden background. Very well done!
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01/26/2007 06:11:37 PM
Great color on the bird!
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01/25/2007 07:01:43 PM
great colors
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01/25/2007 11:01:09 AM
Beautiful bird, have you seen the Texas green jay?
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01/25/2007 09:40:55 AM
beautiful shot spoiled by the background......
use the clone tool... :-)
love the detail in the bird... at last.... detail in a bird shot....
yee haa
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01/25/2007 03:32:17 AM
Wow, nice image... maybe crop out the people in the background for a more powerful image.
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01/24/2007 06:01:37 PM
The people in the background are a bit distracting, but that's a very pretty bird.
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01/24/2007 04:42:10 PM
Great color and focus. Hopefully people will realize how hard it is to get a good shot like this and not vote low due to the distracting people in the background.
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01/24/2007 10:17:03 AM
personally, I think that this would be a stronger image if the people were cropped out ... nonetheless, great capture ... love the colors, bokeh and sharpness of the bluejay ... 7
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01/24/2007 12:09:52 AM
I love the color and detail on the jay, but I really would prefer the people cropped out. They compete for my attention with what is a very nice capture of the bird.
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01/23/2007 09:04:34 AM
Great DOF and detail on the 'Jay.
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01/23/2007 06:53:44 AM
A tighter crop would have made this a brilliant shot!
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01/23/2007 12:34:18 AM
Great detail in the bird. I would've edited/cropped out the people.
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01/22/2007 09:16:27 PM
The people in the left part of the image are quite distracting. Cropping them out would have helped immensely.
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01/22/2007 08:22:51 PM
Striking - I am sure you may have a few comments about the people - I can understand you having them in there - Only problem for me is the one wearing red - It's too much competition for the eye against that wonderful blue bird. Still a great capture though.
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01/22/2007 05:32:21 PM
blue jays love nuts, nice shot
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01/22/2007 03:37:03 PM
Real nice picture beautiful color good job 9
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01/22/2007 02:47:15 PM
Nice capture! Background is a bit distracting.
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01/22/2007 10:31:11 AM
this is great! wonderful light, focus and dof! 8
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01/22/2007 09:04:53 AM
Beautiful color,nice focus, but I would have cropped out the people.9
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01/22/2007 05:57:29 AM
Beautiful shot, hoever habitat - the perch - looks man made. Sorry, 6.
01/22/2007 02:42:59 AM
I like that you left the people in the background for context.
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