HX5 Blue Jay

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Tom Hoots
Tom Hoots Veteran Member • Posts: 6,072
HX5 Blue Jay

Here's one of those reasons why you want to have something like an HX5 in your pocket as you wander around -- this was right outside my building's front door, as I headed in from my afternoon break:

A slight crop, a bit of processing, and I'm pretty happy with my little birdie.

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Bob the Printer Veteran Member • Posts: 3,034
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

I thought bluejays had a little 'crest' on the back of their heads???

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Tom Hoots
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Bob the Printer wrote:

I thought bluejays had a little 'crest' on the back of their heads???

My bird-wise coworkers tell me this is a "scrub jay" -- the ones with the crest are "Steller's jays." Or something to that effect.

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busch
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Good catch, Tom! You and the HX5 make a good team.

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chupame Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

looks good to me, Tom
what did you do except crop and sharpening and maybe adjusting the tonal curve?
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Tom Hoots
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

chupame wrote:

looks good to me, Tom

Thanks!

what did you do except crop and sharpening and maybe adjusting the tonal curve?

You pretty much said it. A bit of a crop, then I adjusted levels a little bit to get the sense of contrast I wanted, bumped up the saturation just a tiny little bit, then resized, and hit with my usual minimal amount of unsharp mask.

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jp4 Contributing Member • Posts: 769
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Tom,
How close do you estimate you were to the bird?

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Tom Hoots
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jp4 wrote:

How close do you estimate you were to the bird?

Well, that was full zoom, and I cropped it a little bit, at that. That's probably the best I can tell you, since I'm a horrible judge of distance....

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Frank B Veteran Member • Posts: 5,410
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

A fine shot Tom. Beautiful color and excellent detail.
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Red G8R
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Very impressive.
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chupame Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Tom, I think when I see your results that it might a good idea to adjust the thinking about the HX5 pictures.
Instead of thinking what is not right, think RAW
If you have a special picture "develop" it the way if fits your needs.

With little effort and nearly most graphic programs / viewers the picture can be the way you want it to be.

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zackiedawg
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Blue jay vs scrub jay

Very nice shot, and a beautiful bird too! Lovely background blurring to get rid of the obvious suburban setting.

I would agree with your bird friends that this one is a 'scrub jay' as opposed to what is commonly called a 'blue jay'. Blue jays will have white around their eye and a bit of a crest on their head, with the black usually running as a stripe down the side of the head:

And they have quite a pattern on their wings, a checker of multi-colored blues with black and white bordering.

At least in my area, blue jays are enormously common, but scrub jays much harder to find - so you got a great shot in my book!

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kd1104 New Member • Posts: 10
Re: Blue jay vs scrub jay

it may be a scrub jay but it is not a stellars jay which is much darker blue. Never seen a scrub jay - we have blue, stellar and grey jays round here (Alberta). The grey Jays are the tamest/bravest (?) birds ever and will always land on your hand if you put food on it.

zackiedawg
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Re: Blue jay vs scrub jay

kd1104 wrote:

it may be a scrub jay but it is not a stellars jay which is much darker blue. Never seen a scrub jay - we have blue, stellar and grey jays round here (Alberta). The grey Jays are the tamest/bravest (?) birds ever and will always land on your hand if you put food on it.

Ah, down here in Florida we don't really have grey jays, but we have scrub jays and TONS of blue jays...and it's the blue jays that are bold/borderline obnoxious. They land on your hand or head, surround you if you sit down with food outside, and yell loudly at you to give them some.

I feed blue jays by hand when I'm feeding the squirrels around my house - just to shut them up!

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meaness Senior Member • Posts: 2,941
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

You should be happy with that photo... nicely done!!

CSZ_Fan Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Tom Hoots wrote:

Here's one of those reasons why you want to have something like an HX5 in your pocket as you wander around -- this was right outside my building's front door, as I headed in from my afternoon break:

A slight crop, a bit of processing, and I'm pretty happy with my little birdie.

Tom,

Would you mind posting the original? I'd like to know what came out of the camera and what you were able to accomplish via pp.

Thanks!

bikeguy
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

Very nice catch of that Scrub Jay.

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Tom Hoots
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Thanks, everyone!
Tom Hoots
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Re: HX5 Blue Jay

chupame wrote:

Tom, I think when I see your results that it might a good idea to adjust the thinking about the HX5 pictures.
Instead of thinking what is not right, think RAW
If you have a special picture "develop" it the way if fits your needs.

With little effort and nearly most graphic programs / viewers the picture can be the way you want it to be.

Well, that's relatively what I do, with the exception of that "RAW" business.

I have no problem with doing a bit of post-processing, like I did here. But I sure didn't need to go to RAW to get the job done.

Frankly, what I did here was roughly equivalent to using in-camera controls to increase Contrast one step and increase Saturation one step. Which is pretty much what I would do if only Sony would give us such controls.

Otherwise, I just cropped the photo a bit, then applied my usual unsharp mask settings after resizing that I use for every picture I resize. Some pretty easy, minimal adjustments -- and no RAW required.

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Tom Hoots
Tom Hoots OP Veteran Member • Posts: 6,072
Re: HX5 Blue Jay

CSZ_Fan wrote:

Would you mind posting the original? I'd like to know what came out of the camera and what you were able to accomplish via pp.

Here you go -- might as well post them both right in a row. First the out-of-camera original, then my post-processed version:

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