Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Backyard Blue Jay

With the purchase of a new camera system, you must get new lenses.  One of the new ones I bought was the Fuji XC 50-230mm lens.  The aperture is rather slow at 4.5 - 6.7 or something like that throughout the range, but the price was nice at only $369. When it arrived, I had to put it to work.

I spotted a blue jay sitting on our fence and I grabbed a few snaps of it quickly.  Those little guys don't stay in one place for too long so I had to act fast.  The one bad thing here is that I shot him through some window blinds so the bokeh in the background looks rather funny.  Otherwise I like the lens and the shot, for the most part.

Speaking of the shot, I cropped it down a bit, brightened the bird with Nik Viveza, added some lens vignetting with Nik Color Efex 4 and sharpened with Nik sharpener.  If you haven't guessed already, I really like that Nik suite of tools.  Oh and there was a big old branch with leaves above the bird that I removed with PS CC's content aware fill.  That's a nice little thing to have as well!

Exif data:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T1
Lens - Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS
Focal Length - 230mm
Aperture - f6.7
Exposure - 1/210
Exposure program - Aperture priority AE
ISO speed - 200
Exposure bias - 0 EV
Tripod - No
HDR - No
# of brackets - NA

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