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Familiar Flyer

Familiar Flyer
Photo Information
Copyright: Howard Cheek (marhowie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5731 W: 1197 N: 98] (486)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM, Digital ISO 1250
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-01-27 15:54
Viewed: 3976
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Blue Jay's a year round resident here in Central Texas, and a "Familiar Flyer".
Shot around 10:30am with the 1.4x extender and overcast, no flash.
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very nice shot of this blue jay
very well done, good focus and frozen action, very clean for iso 1250


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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2012-01-27 16:09]

just outstanding for every respect ..


Aoutch Howard !

If i would know you are posting this GREAT
in-flight shot i would'nt post my in-flight shot,
my photo is so little comparing to your photo,
WOW ! everything is great on your photo.



A rare in-flight aspect of Blue Jay in perfect view here, Howard.
You perform miracles with your equipment and techniques that leave us astounded.
Thanks for sharing this gem.

WOW! Fantastic photo Howard! Perfect timing, excellent composition, wonderful colors and impressive sharpness!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-27 22:53]

Hello Howard.
This is just a awesome piece of nature photographing.This photo is just all photographer try the best to achieve and you had done it perfectly.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-27 22:59]

Well caught Howard!
I like the POV and wing position of this flying Blue Jay taken with fine use of the relatively high ISO to allow the sharpness without noise. Great BG and composition too.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hallo Howard
When I look at this image, I think of ABBA's song Dancing Queen. Marvelous photography in all aspects. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

That's a keeper Howard. Absolutely wonderful. It's a no-flaw picture. Just one beautiful bird there! Trevor

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-28 0:21]

Fine pose and well captured flight image. tfs.

great flight capture, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-28 0:27]

Hello Howard,
Fantastic photo of this Blue Jay in every aspect. Perfection all over. High quality! and very, very beautiful!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2012-01-28 2:40]

Hi Howard

A Great Shot! I knew this was yours without looking at the name - it has the 'Cheek' style - lovely frozen action, sharp eye contact and nice OOF BG.

best wishes


Hi Howard
just perfect, and a little flashfire for the eyecatch

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-28 13:31]

Ho Howard!
Spectacular capture of bird in flight!! Amazing details of the plumage and wonderful soft coloours.
Great blurred BG! Very well composed!
Congratulations, also for your timing!
Ciao! Vanda

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-28 15:37]

Super shot Howard,
As always a top notch image and sharp as a razor. Deatil is awesome and colors are beautiful and natural. The lighting on this overcast day served you well in this instance. The fast shutter speed has frozen his wings in an eye catching manner.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-28 15:38]

Hi Howard,a spectacular in-flight capture,what a beautiful Jay and what a magnificent wings position,sharpness and colors.A very professional shot,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-01-29 4:06]

Hi Howard,
Perfect capture of flying bird. Good light and colours with excellent detail.
Nice background.

Hello Howard,
A perfect in flight image taken from an ideal POV with beautiful colours. The details and blurred BG are also excellent. Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-02-02 12:10]

Hello Howard,
What a fabulous capture of the Blue Jay, surely another competition winner! Fantastic timing, sharpness and colours and I love the background too,
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Howard,
another fantastic capture of a bird in flight, fine details on the plumage, marvellous natural colours, great timing for a spectacular posture, very well done
Best regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-02 15:11]

Hello Howard,
this image is FANTASTIC !
Excellent sharpness and perfect light; great timing and POV; wonderful warm colours and nice eye contact. Simply fantastic!
Thanks for sharing

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