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on Jan 18, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

It Just Takes One!

Steller’s Jay
captured by Z7 / 800mm

I don’t know if the storm blew him in or he just returned, but man was I happy to see him! At the height of our storm Thursday on my constant vigil of looking, I spotted this Steller’s Jay perched. Now why it wasn’t taking cover I don’t know but truth be told, I didn’t care. I had a bird to photograph!!!! Now, to make a photograph.

Steller’s Jay
captured by Z7 / 800mm

Shooting from the warmth of our office out an open window, I pointed the Z7 / 800mm and watched the blowing snow. And I mean blowing snow! There were a couple of tasks at hand, show the blowing snow, show off the blue and get a “clear” shot of it all. That translated into a fast shutter speed, 1/50, and shooting on Continuous High Extended and ripping off about 100 frames in a heartbeat. I took that many because as the snow blew by, at times it would create a fog and then there would be a clear window between the lens and the Jay. At the same time, I wanted the right pose. So when I saw the pose, I ripped the shutter until the pose disappeared. I came away with a number of frames I liked. These two just reminded me of, “Look right, now look left”. It was a glorious ten minutes, and then he was gone. As I tell my students when out shooting birds thought, it just takes one!

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