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Barn owl at Strumpshaw Fen with an unexpected view from the walk path. He is kindly showing his fly skills in front of the camera. Image exif are as below:

Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/1500
Av( Aperture Value ) : 5.6
Focal Length: 700.0mm
ISO Speed: 320
Lens: EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Focal Length: 700.0mm
Flash: Off

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS USM +1.4x
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2013 - 6:43 AM
Focal Length:700mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Barn owl
Username:robinleess robinleess
Uploaded:28 Apr 2013 - 4:54 PM
Tags:Barn owl, Tyto alba, Wildlife / nature
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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1924 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 4:55 PM

Amazing capture / image.

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Digby
Digby e2 Member 661 forum postsDigby vcard Wales
28 Apr 2013 - 4:56 PM

Very good

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Hermanus
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28 Apr 2013 - 4:58 PM

A superb image that you have captured here !!GrinGrin

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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 690 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 5:09 PM

lovely well timed capture

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trevrob
trevrob e2 Member 1trevrob vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 5:10 PM

outstanding image robin

trev

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10988 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2984 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 5:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ Robin.


A really nice shot. I love that gorgeous soft background, and the warm Sun tones.

No major suggestions, some small ones: reduce burn on the leading edges of the wings and side of the face, - with Photoshop use the burn tool; consider cropping to move the Owl away from dead centre.


Ive uploaded a mod to show what I mean, - scroll up and click the modifications tabe, then click the mod and view large.


Enjoy the site.


W

Last Modified By banehawi at 28 Apr 2013 - 5:51 PM

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 6:10 PM

A cracking shot
Ju

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robinleess
robinleess e2 Member 1robinleess vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 7:24 PM

Thanks all for the comments much appreciated Smile

Hi banehawi, thank you for your critique on the image I have done another version of it. Is there an option for me to replace this image whilst maintaining the comments?

Regards,
Robin

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61492 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 8:27 PM

Hi Robin and welcome. Yes you can upload a version. Under the options drop down you will see upload a version. This will then allow you to add a second image to this page. The options tab is next to view normal and comments tab below the image and above your description. Wonderful shot and I would only concur with Willie's observations.

Regards
Paul

Last Modified By Coast at 28 Apr 2013 - 8:29 PM

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robinleess
robinleess e2 Member 1robinleess vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 9:05 PM

Cheers Paul

R

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 - 9:34 PM

Great shot

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
28 Apr 2013 - 9:40 PM

Wiilie's Mod, and your V2, give the owl space to fly into, that's crucial.
Moira

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2013 - 1:31 AM

V2 and the mod really bring out the full potential of the original image, great photography. - gary

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2013 - 3:50 PM

A shot to died for, beautiful bird and well photographed, have uploaded a mod but forget about it, after the upload and comparing the mod, Banehawi,s is the better mod I feel mind is a bit on the dark side.
Mike.

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robinleess
robinleess e2 Member 1robinleess vcard United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 - 9:35 PM

Mike thanks for your comments, your modification seems to be good on the crop. I have probably giving too much space under the owl.

Robin

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paulbroad
paulbroad e2 Member 789 forum postspaulbroad vcard United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
30 Apr 2013 - 7:43 AM

I would simply leave it alone.

Paul

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RobertFranklinPhotography
8 May 2013 - 1:53 PM

I really like this capture, the background is lovely and impressive sharpness given the relatively narrow f-stop.

I probably would agree with banehawi about reducing the shadows a little on the owl itself to bring a little more of the beauty out.

In all though a fantastic capture

Rob

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suejoh
suejoh e2 Member 10236 forum postssuejoh vcard United Kingdom
31 May 2013 - 1:19 PM

Fantastic shot. Did you handhold?
On the versions I can see that the first mod and your second version have more feather detail partic in the face.

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