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Another photo from the Sunday meeting at the Barn Owl Centre. This was the Little Owl, who specialised in looking slightly angry. The owl was position in a tree stump placed, with a natural looking background.

Shot handheld from a distance of about 2 meters, later in the afternoon, with the sun directly behind me.

Manual mode f7.1 @ 1/125, ISO 500, spot metering, daylight white balance, single central AF point.
Lens: AF on, 200mm, IS on, 1.4m min focal distance.

Minor Adobe Camera Raw adjustments, Yellow channel on layers boosted slightly to lift the yellow in the eyes, and significantly cropped to remove a distracting dull and overly bright sky. Sharpened (high pass filter) and resized for upload in elements.

Have I removed the context of the tree stump and field location, by cropping to remove the sky and put the focus on the Owl, or does this cropped version work?

Camera:Canon Eos 40D
Lens:Canon EF 70-200mm IS USM Mk1
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Athene noctua
Username:LensYews LensYews
Uploaded:7 Jan 2010 - 12:12 AM
Tags:General, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 12:16 AM

so so so Beautiful shot with a good eye contact thanks for sharing saeid

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costas
costas e2 Member 6costas vcard Greece2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 12:16 AM

Bird of wisdom,good shot pin sharp

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Paintman
Paintman e2 Member 7844 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom173 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 6:42 AM

I hope you don't mind the mods, but I couldn't resistSmile

Alan.

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 9:04 AM

I think this works both visually and as a wildlife photograph. Losing the sky maybe removes a little of the environmental context but enough remains to do the job.
Fraser

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LensYews
LensYews  51300 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 11:44 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone, Paintman I love the mods and I'm sure those are the kind of expressions that Willow was pulling everytime I turned my back. Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 12:12 PM

Very nice natural history shot indeed. Why would you need any sky in it? Not sure about comic mods - not that kind of image in my opinion.

paul

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 - 3:23 PM

Lovely portrait of this little creature.
Tony

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81102 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 5:16 PM

Its a good study and the crop works well.

Thing is , I find the textures on the trunk do compete for attention with those lovely feather details. I suppose its a camouflage thing !

Did you a mod that draws more attention to the owl as an idea.

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