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Blurred, But Not Bokeh

Blurred, But Not Bokeh
Photo Information
Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-10
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Action
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR 4.5-5.6 IF ED
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/3000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-03-26 14:41
Viewed: 1621
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I wish that I had a shot that might qualify for the "Bokeh" theme submission. But, I don't. I didn't know what it was until Linda opened the theme. There are now a number of photos posted that appear to my eyes and understanding to be appropriate and wonderful "Bokeh" submissions. The photo that I'm offering today has a nicely blurred BG, but I wouldn't say that it is "Bokeh". Nevertheless, I think that it has an interesting three-dimensional effect. I took the shot in our backyard. I was practicing to capture birds in flight. The bird in my photo is a female House Finch. I left the feeder in the shot, because I thought that it contributed to the 3-D effect. I did PP primarily in CS4 and Neat Image. Most of the work was in colour balancing.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To lilimih33: Finch and Feederubc64 1 03-30 21:21
To naturelover: Thanks, Janice!ubc64 1 03-30 21:18
To MLINES: Frozen Finchubc64 1 03-30 19:27
To rewshearer: Blurred, But Not Bokehubc64 1 03-26 20:37
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The bokeh debate aside, I find this shot stunning - the very fast shutter has frozen the bird's movement so well, this is a terrific glimpse into its world.

Sharpness is fantastic and the composition is perfect IMO.


  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-26 18:47]
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Excellent POV and shot.
Very beautiful and interesting subject.
Excellent lighting and nice colors.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi John, Very fine cappture of this bird in flight. You have "frozen" the action perfectly. Will composed and balanced. A wonderful backyard image. TFS. Murray.

Wonderful shot John. Absolutely love it!

Hi John

Superb capture of this bird, you have captured movement well.
Not easy to do, I have so many "almost there" shots, but you have nailed it with this one, great sharpness and details.
I have added a workshop, hope you don't mind, nothing wrong with this shot at all.

Regards Derek

Hi John..nicely captured..well done.


Hi John
This is a good action shot of a finch coming in for a landing. I like the position of her wings and they way they catch the light. Nicely composed and wonderful detail.
Have a nice weekend!
TFS Janice

Hello John!
A perfect timing here!
Excellent capture!
I would like the picture a bit darker (like in WS), but, anyway, a great shot!
Best regards!

Hi John,
Very nice caught of action view,
excellent POV. and DOF. and clear picture,
nice focus and beautiful colors and light,
Beautiful female house finch,
very well done.
Ps. Many Thanks for your comments to my picture : sunset..

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