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Don't you just love this face !! These owls roost on the ground and make a nest that is no more than a hollow amongst the long grass or reeds. This owl was rescued as the only surviving chick by a farmer who accidently drove over their nest whilst bailing hay. She was raised by people and thinks she is a people and cannot be released back into the wild.
V2 - In her full glory
Thanx to all for you kind response to my Verreaux's eagle and especially to Maureen [ HarrietH] for her treasured UA !
Have a great day !!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens:4.3 - 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.0 - 1200.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jun 2013 - 9:46 AM
Focal Length:34.5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:African Marsh Owl
Username:Hermanus Hermanus
Uploaded:16 Jul 2013 - 4:25 AM
Tags:African Marsh Owl, Wildlife / nature
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 4:35 AM

Excellent wild life images v1 is too good.

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
16 Jul 2013 - 5:13 AM

Wow what can I say this is a gem of a close up. You should have a book on South African wildlife.
Magic well done Herman.
WesternRed.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:42 AM

A very concerned look on her face in V.1, Herman, she really is a gorgeous bird, well captured. Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:03 AM

Those eyes won't miss much, Herman: 2 fine studies of this owl but the eyes in V 1 that draw me to that shot in particular.
Ronnie.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:06 AM

That expression is priceless Herman! Two very endearing shots of this beautiful bird.

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:19 AM

A great set of images..
A great find..
Very well taken..
V1 for me today..

Dave

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 6:46 AM

How cute!
I love the close up in V1 but V2 shows the full plummage! Wonderful images indeed...
IB

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:53 AM

brilliant detail and tones herman love those eyes v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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Caziwinkles
16 Jul 2013 - 7:02 AM

Amazing image in V1 - even if the old bird does look a little worried! Brilliant shot Herman. Smile

Carol

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:06 AM

isn't she lovely - fine shot SmileSmileSmile

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:11 AM

Superb images Herman, well done,

Ali Smile

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:18 AM

These are superb images, Herman - I just love the eyes in V1!!!SmileSmileSmile

Richard

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anglingandyq
16 Jul 2013 - 7:22 AM

She is beautiful Herman well captured

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:24 AM

All of the above and then some.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:26 AM

My what big eyes you haveGrinGrinGrinGrin superb images Herman, and a very sad story with a happy ending.... I am not missing the winter but can say its a trifle too warm for me here at the moment, does not make for pleasant photography walks....

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2186 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:30 AM

A Great set Smile
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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 7:34 AM

Stunning close-up.

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:39 AM

Good Morning Herman..................... Yes, you have just got to love that face; nesting where they do inevitably causes problems given that nature and technology often clash, but at least she survived, is now happy and well cared for and giving pleasure to those who have raised her no doubt.

Both images are brilliant.


Tish

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:42 AM

That expression in v 1....ahhhhhh!!

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:52 AM

Lovely bird Herman Grin

Rod

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:07 AM

Love the look of those eyes, Herman.

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
16 Jul 2013 - 8:08 AM

2 fine captures Herman, V1 a slight favourite,
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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:10 AM

Looking so anxious!

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:14 AM

Think V2 shows the plumage to best advantage but love the expression of V1.
Joan.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:57 AM

What a super looking bird Herman, well captured, love V1Smile


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kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 2364 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 9:09 AM

Hi Herman. She's absolute gorgeous and what eyes. A super capture Grin

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
16 Jul 2013 - 9:26 AM

Poor v1 - she looks quite worried! Did you ask her to smile!!??Grin But great images.

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HarrietH
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16 Jul 2013 - 9:29 AM

Those eyes! Gorgeous owl.

Harriet

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:56 AM

Beautiful shots Herman love the lost expression in the eyes in your V1 close up.
Gary

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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:59 AM

V1 has a baby face. How cute Grin

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kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 2kuvailija vcard Finland
16 Jul 2013 - 11:02 AM

A good shot Herman of a wise looking bird, though a little lost, like Growmore noticed!Grin --- Jukka.

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longhoss
longhoss e2 Member 4longhoss vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 11:19 AM

Lovely image Herman
looks like he has trapped his toes in V1
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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 11:32 AM

Super image of this photogenic Owl, Herman
Regards Brian

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
16 Jul 2013 - 12:14 PM

These birds are just amazing! I love their wise faces!Smile
Regards Valery

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
16 Jul 2013 - 12:47 PM

Great eyes

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 12:50 PM

A wonderful expressive face, Herman.

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16 Jul 2013 - 1:15 PM

Two super images Herman.
Regards, Alf.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:19 PM

The eyes say it all here Herman !!
Good shots.
Mick.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:49 PM

it is th eyes that make this image, fantastic depth!

Thank you for your UA--- Delighted to receive it!

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richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:51 PM

Good colours and detail in these two images Herman!!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 3:44 PM

Awww...very sweet face and I like how she think she's people GrinGrin

Wonderful shots of her, Herman, but really beautiful image of her eyes in V1 Smile

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7123 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:09 PM

Two cracking shots Herman, i love Owls, i seen a nice one last year a juvenile spectacled Owl. But your Owls are only found in africa it seems strange why they nest on the ground

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NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:16 PM

Two beautiful images of this majestic and so very beautiful Owl, superbly detail and wonderful tones.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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16 Jul 2013 - 5:19 PM

What a face! Well captured images Herman. A

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:26 PM

So cute. Lovely face..

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JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 5:30 PM

Two super shots of this gorgeous owl;
thanks goodness she was rescued.
Ju

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 5:44 PM

What a wonderful face!

P.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:14 PM

Youve done well with these herman.

Of the two, V2 is the better shot technically, and V1 emotionally. However, V1 does not appear at all to be the same bird as in V2, due to problems with colour balance.


Ive loaded a mod of each one. The full Owl image has been colour corrected and sharpened, and to improve composition, more s[ace is added at the top; in the other mod, apart from sharpening, Ive tried to get the tone closer to that of V2, - not an exact match, but closer.


Hope this is helpful, and good work. This is the first time Ive done and woodwork in SA.


Regards


Willie

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 6:41 PM

Two very good shots Herman, V 1 has a cute face, gorgeuos images.

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capto
capto e2 Member 21162 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 6:50 PM

I love the slightly bewildered expression in v1.Smile

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 7:32 PM

She's so cute and cuddly.

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
16 Jul 2013 - 7:48 PM

lovely image

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janlea
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16 Jul 2013 - 8:24 PM

Wow...love these shots Herman, those eyes in V1 are gorgeous Smile
Jan

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Skeet1Away e2 Member 342 forum postsSkeet1Away vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 8:31 PM

Very nice set.........what big eyes u have......lol.


Paul.

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 - 10:33 PM

Great photo Herman. Lovely owl. Cathy

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 5:10 AM

I love owls and these are wonderful especially the face in V1. paul

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2013 - 7:14 AM

I lie them both but the full glory is my favourite, wonderful eyes!

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ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
17 Jul 2013 - 10:43 AM

what a cute fellow?. i love both

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21 Jul 2013 - 8:08 PM

Such beautiful eyes, lovely imagesGrin
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