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Finally got out with the camera today, unfortunately the weather was not really good for falconry work due to high winds. Still an enjoyable day.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:200-400
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Barn Owl
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:28 Mar 2010 - 7:50 PM
Tags:Barn owl, Branch, Pets / captive animals, Tyto alba
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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 7:55 PM

Wow that stare is stunning. Superb i love it

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 7:56 PM

Sheer QUALITY Cheryl !! The detail is just superb as is the exposure & the BG Top Drawer............1st class !

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 7:59 PM

Great Barny portrait Cheryl
Richard

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91909 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 8:24 PM

A beauty - great b/g to show this off.

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chazcherry
28 Mar 2010 - 8:29 PM

You've got to love this, brill. Chaz.

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GMKhamish
GMKhamish  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 8:43 PM

Super crisp image.

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
28 Mar 2010 - 8:50 PM

Very good image.
Vince

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wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
28 Mar 2010 - 9:15 PM

Fab work well done!!!

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cjlphoto
cjlphoto  6 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 - 9:22 PM

Superb detail a great shot...

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 10:07 PM

Beautiful image with superb detail and colours a well deserved award
Alexa

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MikeMar
MikeMar e2 Member 8MikeMar vcard United Kingdom
28 Mar 2010 - 10:37 PM

Spot on !!!
Mike

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jonah794
jonah794  51723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:14 AM

Fantastic! I uploaded a barn owl also today, but I have no hope of getting an EC like you just have. Congrats!
Jonah

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 4:19 AM

Excellent shot.
Ronnie.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:14 AM

Thanks all.

Thanks Pete, funny that this gets an EC and the caper gets nothing Smile

I personally think the caper shots (yes I have others) are amongst the best I have ever taken, still you never know what other people will like or not like. I suppose a big black turkey like bird doesn't appeal to all.

Funny thing was that a group of us (not ePZ members, but club members) were discussing the pull of certain species and how well they would do against duller looking and/or more common ones.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:32 AM

Thanks for the UA Phil, not sure how I managed to miss that, most appreciated.

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82344 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 10:20 AM

Rather special this Cheryl.

For me it's not that your Caper shots haven't been good, its that this shot has something else... a timeless artistry about it. The bg is brilliant adding an almost spotlight glow, whilst the the patterning adds a sense of mystery. The single branch perch adds to this - and creates a sense of age. The owl becomes symbolic too - perhaps for wisdom? The eye contact forms a challenge to the viewer, and adds agian to the mystery. I find myself asking - what is the bird trying to tell me?

I know I'm reading far more into this than intended. But I rate this as one of your very best. Have my UA in recognition...

All the best,

Adam.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:31 PM

Thanks Adam, but methinks you doth read too much in to the image.

The background was more of a fortunate accident, and actually this wasn't where the owl was supposed to perch initially, but she did look quite good up there. The location was only used because it was sheltered from the wind more than the others we had tried with other birds.

Thanks for the UA, means a lot, honest Grin

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318456 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:40 PM

The Caper didn't even make an impression...I read your comment about it and I suspect (I may be wrong) that some of what you feel about it being one of your best is down to your experience. This is something that is very difficult to pass through a photograph and in this case something I cannot share because the photo does not have that emotion attached...if that makes sense.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:42 PM

I agree with Pete, your Caper shot might be your best experience, but it is definitely not your best work.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:52 PM

I understand that aspect, I guess the other thing is I have seen the caper printed at A1, it makes an impact then Wink

I don't think you can say that until you've seen more of the images Cole, I was judging from the three experiences with the caper spread over 12 months. I suppose there is a lot of personal attachment to them as well because I have had to wait more than a year to post any of them on here due to the sensitivity of the bird/location.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 12:57 PM

Well, true, I can only judge by the only one I saw and at the size I saw it.
I am just not impressed, yet, so far. Plus, I don't know nothing about birds and how special they are. Just look like a black turkey to me at the moment.... LOL Smile

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82344 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 1:22 PM

Hi Cheryl,

I know I read more into the image than intended, but that does not make what I see invalid. Communication always involves at least 2 people, the person sending the message and crucially the person recieving. In this image I see a narrative, whether that was intended or not - it does not matter although this could be argued by some to be a miss-communication Wink. Some argue that for a narrative to exist in an image it should always be pre-visualised by the photographer, but in my experience this simply not true. A image will always serve form of communication. What message is seen is, I would argue, as much to do with the interpretation of the viewer as it is the intention of the photographer and sometimes the two are poles apart. In this way viewing photography becomes a form of interpretive hermaneutic (and at that I'll stop before getting wayyyy to philosophical).

Simply put. I like the image, and for me it tells a story.

Adam

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 2:43 PM

I think the key is Adam that I see a shot I like but tend after much experience not to over-analyse why. I found over-analysis of my own ability/technique in many different aspects of my life led to more problems than it ever solved for me.

So now I look around at a photo opportunity and try to make the best of it without getting too analytical. I guess that what I like and thereby shoot also appeals to others.

I was asked by a couple of photographers on a recent break for chapter and verse on certain setups and images, I had to walk away because I did not want to analyse my work in the same way that they did (apertures, shutter speeds, focal lengths, etc., etc.). I worry that if I think about it too much I will lose some of the spontaniety and the creative flow (however limited) may stop and I will be unable to pre-visualise what I think will work.

So you're right I did pre-visualise the image, though I worried that in the final result the background would look too busy, and I waited for the moment of eye contact, because that is the point of connection. And from past experience I know that I personally don't like the 1 and a half or 1 and three-quarters eye look.

In some aspects of life it is referred to as "paralysis by analysis" Wink

So that's it I not analysing why this works for others and the black bird not, I'm just going to accept that some things do and some don't Grin

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82344 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 3:56 PM

Fairy snuff... and more than few bits of wisdom to boot Wink

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:07 PM

Excellent portrait Cheryl, perfectly exposed for all the fine detail in the whites and great eye contact. Congrats on the EC too!
Steve

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:46 PM

Perfection.
Equally as good as the Caper but I can relate to the Caper being a personal best, both stunning images.
Gary

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Apr 2010 - 4:18 PM

Wonderful,
Many Congrats.

B.

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kfred
kfred  7 Sweden
1 May 2010 - 11:58 PM

Got my vote.

Kent

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