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justkim1106 July 24, 2016
Absolutely beautiful!
John_Ray_Photography December 30, 2016
Thank you
 
RosaDawn September 12, 2016
wonderful capture
John_Ray_Photography December 30, 2016
Thank you
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Onthewildsidephotography December 31, 2016
Splendid capture John
John_Ray_Photography December 31, 2016
Thank you Kevin!
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deannefortnam January 13, 2017
Lovely capture of this beauty
 
jamiesarkett April 09, 2017
congrats - excellent shot :)
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Pamelabole April 09, 2017
Beautiful!! Congrats on your challenge win!!! : )
 
AvigayilPhotography March 03, 2018
I love the smooth details of this photo. Great shot!
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Alfredo_Jose July 08, 2018
Gorgeous!
 
John_Ray_Photography July 08, 2018
Appreciate the feedback!

Cedar Waxwing



The cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a medium-sized, mostly brown, gray, ...
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The cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds. It is a medium-sized, mostly brown, gray, and yellow bird named for its wax-like wing tips. It is a native of North and Central America, breeding in open wooded areas in southern Canada and wintering in the southern half of the United States, Central America, and the far northwest of South America. Its diet includes cedar cones, fruit, and insects.
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Behind The Lens

Location
Wife and I were at Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park photographing elk. While waiting for the elk to come out in the field, I always watch the creek that runs along the road. Very peaceful and soothing. About 15-20 Cedar Waxwings decided to visit the creek as well. I had not seen this many at one time or even get one with such a view.
Time
This image was taking around 3 pm.
Lighting
Lighting was all natural. While in the valley, the shade covers the creek area somewhat early, giving off some really nice light in that area. Almost looks like golden hour as the sun is still shining in the field behind me and reflecting on the Waxwing. In fact, you can see the reflection in his eye.
Equipment
I was using the Nixon D7100 with the Tamron 150-600 lens mounted on a MeFoto tripod. Use this combination quite often with amazing results.
Inspiration
Was admiring the birds as they were flying from tree to tree, branch to branch and singing. Such beautiful colors and wanted to capture this.
Editing
Very simple Lightroom edits were done. Hightlights and shadows, with a touch of white/blacks. I usually try to get it right in the camera so I don't spend too much time at the computer...rather be shooting :-).
In my camera bag
I carry the Nikon D750 along with Tamron 24-70, Sigma 18-250, Tokina 11-16. Depending on what I am going out for determines which combination I choose. Wildlife is primarily the before mentioned combination. Landscape, the D7100 with Sigma as well as Tokina. Also use the D750 and Tamron 24-70 for landscapes as well, but I really love using that for long exposures of waterfalls, sunrise/sunsets, and streams/rivers.
Feedback
Patience...more patience. Don't become tunnel visioned. While setup and waiting for elk to come out into the field is when I captured this image. Look around and see the beauty, you will be blessed with other opportunities and photographic subjects. If I had just concentrated on the possible elk, I would have missed this amazing image! Sit back, enjoy what God has blessed you with and watch...all around you. There is beauty, you as a photographer can find it and show it to others that miss it!

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