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Good Morning,

A beautiful owl , on display at the local service area here in Kent on the M20. Thanks to Martin and Stewart for the opportunity to get up close and personal.

A big thanks to Lillian for yesterday a wonderful day in Surrey ....

Camera hand held and yes I urge large and for window users f11 and ctrl+ ..... for mac user large and cmd+

Many thanks for the comment and votes on Wild Flower ,and indeed a few other images , all votes and constructive comment are gratefully received and truly appreciated. Colin and Mari

Camera:nikon d5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70 - 300 mm
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Title:I am smiling !
Username:colmar colmar
Uploaded:27 Feb 2010 - 12:02 AM
Tags:Pets / captive animals
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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
27 Feb 2010 - 12:05 AM

Hi there, super shot, the boys are coming back again with the birds very soon.....

Nicky Smile

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:10 AM

Stunning sharp detailed image..I am jaarlos.hahaha.
thanks for sharing it saeid

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:10 AM

Morning Colin, what a super owl, wonderful detail very well captured.

Hugh

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heids
heids  5 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:15 AM

A stunning capture. Magnificent eye contact, he's looking straight at you.

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Morning Colin - Lovely shot, good detail captured !

Chris

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:21 AM

Like the composition of this lovely owl image. Sounds as though you have been having a wonderful time!

Ann

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:22 AM

Beautiful details so well taken.
RJ.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:30 AM

wonderful detail and colours cracking light a beautiful capture colin nice one Wink
andy

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9882 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:43 AM

wow you are right Colin, a beautiful owl, stunning comp and it looks like he is happy to sit and pose for you
Neil

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:43 AM

Good detail and colouring in this Col - like the grass on the stump touch - good job...Bill

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:43 AM

Yes Colin,super eye contact here.
Good detail too.
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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WL_Harris
WL_Harris  5 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:45 AM

Wonderful detail of this beautiful owl, great bg blur and lighting.
Thank you for stopping by my pf, much appreciated.
Lee

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:46 AM

What great detail and eye contactin this shot Colin.
Bob

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6520 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 1:00 AM

This is fantastic shot Colin. - gary

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stephenscott
27 Feb 2010 - 1:12 AM

Well colin this is such an amazing image,the detail is superb,nothing more to say,this is a winner..

steve..

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 2:46 AM

Wonderful opportunity-- you have used it well!
Jennnnn

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 3:52 AM

Well captured..........Sandy

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 3:59 AM

superb capture Colin. Nice and sharp image with fine detail.

regards
Yung

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 4:22 AM

Wonderful bird, and wonderful shot Colin, like the offcentre presentation too, works well!
Rgds., Jim

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Bowenite
Bowenite  4 Australia
27 Feb 2010 - 5:13 AM

Beautiful image of a beautiful bird Col. Excellent work.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 5:22 AM

A beautiful image, Colin, very well captured and presented. Carol

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 7:40 AM

Beautifully captured owl Colin, good detail, and composition, a stunner! errr... what happened to yesterday's birds? any of the 800 taken? enjoyed the day thanks
Lillian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 7:43 AM

considering this is not your normal subject you have done exceedingly well with this pic

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 8:03 AM

A superb capture Colin

Bernie

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 1045 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 8:15 AM

Nice one Colin. It's gotta be worth a RC at least
Mike

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
27 Feb 2010 - 8:24 AM

beautiful capture... & animal

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sparrowhawk
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27 Feb 2010 - 8:53 AM

awesome

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KevinWalsham
27 Feb 2010 - 9:05 AM

fantastic image well captured.

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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 - 10:23 AM

well caught
Gareth

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 10:29 AM

a beautiful capture Colin, superb in Lrg, a really lovely pose and i like the presentation. fantastic x x

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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 4luckybry vcard Scotland
27 Feb 2010 - 11:02 AM

grt capture nice drtails and good dof
bryan

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 11:24 AM

I got a laugh out of the artificial turf on the stump! Never have seen that before. Fine owl shot.

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Dave_Holdham
27 Feb 2010 - 11:26 AM

Great eye contact, wonderful image, well captured

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 12:34 PM

Lovely capture!

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 1:53 PM

Love how you've composed this Smile

A.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 2:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A great opportunity here Colin. For a captive I would have expected alot more detail and a sharper image, but handheld, why dont you carry the tripod with you?
Also too much space to the left totally wasted. I f you had shot in portrait you could have got in closer and still left space in front of the Barny and thus retrieved more detail from this fine bird.
I'm sure this will make 100 and am sure you are happy with it.
But sorry for a posed captive it should be a lot better.

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maratsuikka
27 Feb 2010 - 3:39 PM


Quote: A great opportunity here Colin. For a captive I would have expected alot more detail and a sharper image, but handheld, why dont you carry the tripod with you?
Also too much space to the left totally wasted. I f you had shot in portrait you could have got in closer and still left space in front of the Barny and thus retrieved more detail from this fine bird.
I'm sure this will make 100 and am sure you are happy with it.
But sorry for a posed captive it should be a lot better.

I like as it is

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digital_boi
27 Feb 2010 - 3:45 PM

he is quite a bird i dont suppose they let you go very close you have captured his beuty well he is a wee cracker well shot

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Evgenya
Evgenya  4 Russian Federation
27 Feb 2010 - 4:13 PM

Fluffy smile Smile
Superb!
Evgenya

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MickS
MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 4:19 PM

Watcha Colin,
excellent additions.
best
Mick

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 - 4:22 PM

A really great shot.
Peter

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 4:26 PM

Cracking shot Colin, great colours.
Ray

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
27 Feb 2010 - 4:59 PM

Excellent close up.
Christine

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VidB  5 United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 5:21 PM

Lovely image, nice detail, well captured
Dave

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
27 Feb 2010 - 6:07 PM

Well spotted and captured. Great to see this lovely bird.gill

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
27 Feb 2010 - 6:25 PM

Excellent capture.
Robert

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HMac
HMac  4 Scotland
27 Feb 2010 - 6:36 PM

Fantastic shot great detail
Heather

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agingrocker
agingrocker e2 Member 5agingrocker vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2010 - 6:39 PM

Lovely detail
Antony

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Amanita05  4 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2010 - 9:08 PM

This ones a Beauty!!

Alan.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
27 Feb 2010 - 9:11 PM

Some super detail captured here.Large is a must.

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galumphing
27 Feb 2010 - 11:54 PM

Beautiful Barn Owl, wonderful composition. Lucky you!

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Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 12:22 AM

I missed this little sweetie

Linda

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Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 3:46 PM

Lovely clear shot.
Brian

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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 10:02 PM

Most beautiful of owls Colin and a nice shot of it - Richard has got a point as for comp but again like with frames comp could be a personal thing - this shows good dof and I think the title alone deserves a vote LOL _ Ina

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 10:47 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good shot Colin but agree about there being a little too much space on the left. On first sight it would appear that the whites are bordering on being blown, that is not the case however. If you set the highlights to around 30/35% this will bring out so much more detail in the white head and chest (yes its all there). Apply it to the bird only by selecting just inside the outer edge of the bird with the polygonal lasso tool and feather by 2 or 3 pixels, set shadows to zero and highlights as mentioned (30/35%), do this carefully though because if the feathering isn't right and it spills over into the BG it may cause a slight halo which tends to look as though the shot may have been over sharpened, hope this helps,
Regards,
Geoff.
PS: Have uploaded a mod to show the effect, also cropped and added a little more sharpening, do bear in mind though that this is a small file size to work with and will never be as good as the original.

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2010 - 11:13 PM

Many thanks Geoff for the info and how to do that .... something for me to try Smile Appreciate the efforts Colin

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FabVab  4 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2010 - 12:40 AM

Wonderful capture!!!
Val B

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Petro_Conradie

Stunning capture
P

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Mar 2010 - 11:50 AM

It's a lovely shot Colin but I agree too much of the scenery and not enough of the bird. I tend to do the same thing.
Regards
Ann

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tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 1:31 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great portrait Colin and I love that eye contact and sunny details.
A little wide, but I personally like the space and the landscape crop. And if you're already at the limit of your zoom where turning portrait would give you no more detail (except for the ephotozine upload), landscape would then be my preference.
And some excellent advice from Geoff on the highlights, which will often come in handy - but as an alternative solution for this example, I've added a mod where I've just darkened the whole image - recovering the highlights and effectively boosting the contrast too
Tim

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MAGS58
MAGS58  6 Canada
3 Mar 2010 - 12:15 AM

Hi there Colin I like the owl picture . But that green grass had to go , hope you dont mind .

Mags58 John

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2010 - 12:38 AM

No John thats what the mods are allowed for on mine to allow others to do their "thing" thanks for the comment vote and mod Colin

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Briarah  4 Australia
12 Mar 2010 - 12:44 AM

Superb, nothing more I can add to what has already been said.
Tina

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Mergy
Mergy  4
31 Mar 2010 - 12:56 AM

Great photo .. captive or not Barn owls are hard to get right in a picture ... that is also a young bird probably just out of training ... Colin has got access to an older scruffier version later this year & with this he can get as close as he dares to.

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