LC Boros  

Cannonball by LC Boros

June 2021 - Cannonball

June 2021 - LC Boros


About the Image(s)

The jays were enjoying the spring weather prior to settling in to raise a family. This was shot from my office chair looking out into the north garden. For fun I worked this image a lot experimenting with healing out the fill valve for the birdbath. Then I adjusted the brightness and clarity and cropped/flipped the image. A final edit might forgo the hiding of the irrigation valve and instead go for a square crop.

Canon 5D Mark IV with 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS II USM

5 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful action shot. The jay is tack sharp and you caught him frolicking. There are even water droplets in the air. The bokeh is great, but I would tone down the white streak under his beak as it competes with his white breast. The reflections and swirls in the water add interest. I prefer the rectangular crop you show here as it gives just the right amount of negative space in front of the jay. I think removing the valve is good, AND I would also remove its reflection in the bath.   Posted: 06/11/2021 21:19:52

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
A beautiful capture of the jay just before he hits the water. What was your shutter speed? I think your crop and flip works really well. If I didn't see the original I would not have know what the reflection was in the water so I think it might help to clone it out. I think you did a very nice job in post processing. The jay is sharp and the colors are beautiful. My only suggestion would be to tone down the bright areas in the background so the eye is not pulled back there. Very nice image.   Posted: 06/12/2021 16:43:49

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I think you have done a wonderful job capturing a decisive moment. The bird is entirely sharp and you have the catch light which enhances its life-like appearance. I think you might consider darkening the whole background above the bird bath which I believe would make the bird pop. Also, the mechanism in the water doesn't seem to fit, so I would suggest removing it. Were you in Manual Mode? I would love to know how fast a shutter speed was required to stop the action like this.   Posted: 06/13/2021 11:48:40

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Great shot of action. I like the landing. The bird's colors are natural, and inviting. The water droplets are OK with me, however, if you removed them, it might put focus on the bird. I also think darkening the background as well as the structure of the bird bath will make the bird pop.   Posted: 06/13/2021 14:24:44

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
A very nice image of the Bluejay landing landing in the bird bath. The only I would suggest is to Blur out or darken the background. I also would try to lighten the eye a little. But a very nice image. Good Job.   Posted: 06/16/2021 16:22:48


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