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    I have made several attempts to photograph a Steller's Jay. No matter what camera I use; digital, SLR, smart phone, instamatic, etc. the results are always very dull looking, not the bright vivid color I see. Can anyone tell me why?

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    Probably has to do with the time of day; are you shooting towards midday, when the light gets progressively bluer? The best way to photograph birds is with low-angled sun (sunrise or sunset) directly at your back. Second best, for close-ups, is bright overcast sky with a bit of fill flash, but the color of the Steller's jay isn't real conducive to outdoor photography...you might try playing with the white balance a bit, and shoot in RAW if you can. Can you post pics?
    " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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    • #3
      Here's some examples of the "low-angled sun" method:









      " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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      • #4
        And the "overcast with fill flash" method:







        " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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        • #5
          I was shooting mid day with lots of sun. I'll try your techniques this summer thanks.

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          • #6
            Here is a typical shot.

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            • #7
              Yeah keep at it...for every couple hundred shots I take, probably get one I love lol.....those are pretty ballsy birds, if you set up a feeder platform, I'm sure you could get some nice closeups for the price of a few croutons.....good luck
              " Gas boats are bad enough, autos are an invention of the devil, and airplanes are worse." ~Allen Hasselborg

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              • #8
                Thanks. I'll try the feeder.

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                • #9
                  A bit more sun needed here

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bullbuster View Post
                    A bit more sun needed here

                    very nice.

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                    • #11
                      Old Lucinda...she died within a day or 2 of this washed out shot. Under the shed now. }:>

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                      • #12
                        Lucinda last generation..





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                        • #13
                          More Steller's Jay

                          Get close. This is Rudi. Rescued from a cat (out of his jaws) and nursed back to health. Attacked again and nursed again. Followed me like a puppy. Hop hop hopping along.



                          Rudi at the zoo. They killed him. Called me about 8 PM and said he had a heart attack. A friend of a friend that worked at the zoo told me that he strangled on a string toy in his cage. And they wouldn't let me keep him because I wasn't qualified and they knew best! Sons a b..}:>.
                          Good blue, but missed his face.

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                          • #14
                            That's the vivid blue I've been trying to capture. Too bad about Rudi.

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