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Chantal Jacques / 864 items

N 58 B 301 C 17 E May 25, 2017 F May 25, 2017
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I know that you are more likely to achieve the perfect bird shot when you research your subject, plan your composition, study the light, stage the shot ... pursuit of perfection is done to quite an extreme by some bird photographers and it certainly shows in their images. However, I must say that in many cases, like this one, being out there at the right time at the right place i.e. "pure luck" is the major element of the shot. I was trying to get a photo of that yellow warbler singing when, unexpectedly, this violent green swallow landed right beside me. I only saw its shadow and I was not even sure what kind of bird it was. I slowly turned around and just hoped that I would be able to get the shot before the bird disappears and, that the exposure would be ok ... it is so often not the case. Now if that is not luck, I don't know what luck is. So very far from the perfect shot but .... these natural occurrences and circumstances are the ones as an amateur photographer that bring me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. Capturing simple and natural bird life, just as it happens. HFF and have a great weekend everybody!

Tags:   HFF Happy Fence Friday Violet Green Swallow Depth of Field Wild and Free Bokeh

N 378 B 14.8K C 63 E May 25, 2017 F May 25, 2017
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Today is the birthday of my friend Diane. We met in grade 7 and we have been friends ever since... That was over 45 years ago.... It is so difficult to develop true friendship as you get old. When you get as old as me, you have seen a lot of people who have just passed through in your life :) I really feel fortunate that I have friends that have been in my life for so long, I cherish these friends and their friendship... This morning I got up and out in the field very early, hoping that I would get a nice bird singing for Diane's birthday... my wish came true, this yellow warbler was signing under a perfect blue sky for her.

Tags:   Yellow Warbler Wild and Free bokeh Dpeth of Field Happy Birthday Bird Singing Morning shot

N 240 B 10.9K C 61 E May 16, 2017 F May 24, 2017
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The robins are very nice birds underappreciated in my opinion because they are so common. But I must admit that the black-headed grosbeak is a real treat. I mentioned earlier how I not only look for birds but listen to them when in the field. The sound of the black-headed grosbeak is very similar to the one of the Robin and to me represent a real signal that Spring is here. They are hard to see as they perch very high in trees. I started hearing them several weeks ago during my walks but only had the pleasure to see them over the last couple of days. I have been able to hear them and see them in several locations around Victoria and they seem to be more numerous this year than in previous years.

Tags:   Black-Headed Grosbeak Wild and Free bokeh Depth of field e

N 150 B 1.1K C 54 E May 17, 2017 F May 23, 2017
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This photo was taken on the heavily forested trail that leads to Combers Beach. It was the brightest day of the trip and we were finally going to have a chance to do some photography under nice light. However, by the time we got to the beach the fog had rolled in and we could hardly see more than a few inches in front of us. We waited for a while, hoping the fog would dissipate quickly but, no luck. We decided to hike back to the vehicle when this little guy perched pretty high was singing its heart out in the forest, he eventually came down in the area where I suspect there was a nest..... a very nice encounter

Tags:   Pilgrimage to Tofino Pacific Wren Wild and Free Bokeh

N 83 B 1.1K C 25 E May 7, 2017 F May 22, 2017
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This gull was preening itself and being splashes by the waves. I was just waiting for the perfect moment for the gull to look into my direction while it was splashed.... it never happened, the gull got tired of being splashed and decided it was time to go and find another place to quietly continue its preening .... Such is life sometimes :)

Tags:   Pilgrimage to Tofino Moving on Time to go Wild and Free Seagull Bokeh Gull


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