Joyous Blue Jay

© Bunny Snow

Joyous Blue Jay

Uploaded: July 21, 2010


Joy radiates the air when birds find a warm pool of water in which to repetitively wash off the dirt of hollowed trees and vents where they hid from the cold winter. This blue jay was in the water three times and like a small child, went in head first, rolled around, really needed soap as he was still not clean. But his joy was captured with the reflective bubbles and the mirrored image.

After the original bird was corrected in Levels, he was selected with a pen tool and the AlienSkin Bokeh plug in was used to separate him and the bath from the busy background.

Flaming Pear plug-in was used to create the water. Reflective bubbles were created again in Layers using a technique taught by Jim Zuckerman. Finally, a mirrored image was created and a newly selected area was enhanced once again with the FlamingPear Flood plug-in, before taken into the PictureCode Noise Ninja.

Reinstated after accidentally removed.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1250, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 420.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Usman M. Bajwa level-classic July 21, 2010

A beautiful capture and lovely fx, Bunny.

UB. #1290494

Bunny Snow level-classic July 21, 2010

Thank you, Usman, I appreciate your comments. #8779102

Joy Rector July 22, 2010

well done #8779679

Marcie A. Fowler July 22, 2010

Very creative and well done Bunny!! #8779836

Bunny Snow level-classic July 22, 2010

Thank you Joy, and Marcie. I appreciate your comments. #8779856

Kay Beausoleil May 29, 2011

Wonderfully worked effects for a superb result, Bunny! #9434533

Bunny Snow level-classic May 31, 2011

Thanks, Kay. I was looking for a way to improve the composition and had lots of fun creating this. #9437501

Bunny Snow level-classic May 31, 2011

Thanks, Kay. I was looking for a way to improve the composition and had lots of fun creating this. #9437502

Leslie McLain level-deluxe March 11, 2012

Amazing capture and digital darkroom work, Bunny. #10033527

Bunny Snow level-classic March 11, 2012

Thank you, Leslie for your comments. It was a fun way to improve my composition and to practice what I learned from Jim Zuckerman a few years back. #10033718

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