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Another Owl I'm afraid. This time my favourite, a Barn Owl. I have taken a leaf out of Mara's book and combined two of my images to make a classic picture, I hope. My first attempt at this and very much on a steep learning curve. Please point out my errors, it is the only way I am going to get better.
Many thanks on all the C&C's you have given me, everyone is very much appreciated.
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:sigma 150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Moonlight Serenade
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:30 Nov 2009 - 4:54 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digitally manipulated, Wildlife / nature
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Image123
Image123  5 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 5:03 PM

superb comp
Gareth

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:04 PM

I like the blending if these two images very much indeed.
Barbara

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mudge
mudge e2 Member 1250 forum postsmudge vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:06 PM

Great manipulation of two nice images
Can't suggest any obvious area of improvement! You've done a grand job with the images you had available!
I've uploaded a modification. Note it is not intended to be an improvement upon the original image, just a variation. Thanks for letting us play with it!

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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9885 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:18 PM

superb work
Neil

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:19 PM

Great Picture Steve, it looks good me.

Glyn

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:19 PM

Very good work, especially for a first. ..........Sandy

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Imagephotographics

Well done - great work

Chris

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pekster
pekster  8 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 5:27 PM

Love it Wink some great manipulation there.

Richard

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RTDS
RTDS  6 Cyprus
30 Nov 2009 - 5:28 PM

Superb!
Like it very much.
Great work.
Robert

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:30 PM

Great work, super image

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Scaramanga
30 Nov 2009 - 5:34 PM

Great piece of work.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:35 PM

Ehat a fantastic creation, so well done Steve.
Bob

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6554 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 5:39 PM

Nicely combined images, looks good. - gary

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
30 Nov 2009 - 5:54 PM

Super bit of manipulation,the result looks great.

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susanbarton
30 Nov 2009 - 6:01 PM

Super work thay sit together perfectly

Susan

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:02 PM

I actually like it alot
Thought at first the moon too big but on second look It seems right
Wekk done
I am impressed

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Ammonyte
Ammonyte  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:10 PM

I like this a lot, think it works very well.

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Kimco
Kimco  8 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 6:30 PM

Lovely composition.

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:44 PM

Very good work !

Rock

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:46 PM

brilliant imsge steve wonderful work nice one Wink
andy

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:49 PM

Beautifully done Steve. I like it.

regards
Yung

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 6:58 PM

Good combo - well done. A

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 7:03 PM

absolutely gorgeous

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Scott_Scot
30 Nov 2009 - 7:12 PM

Lubbely !!!



Scotty

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 7:46 PM

A superb image, Steve, fantastic work.
Roy

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bromley-smith
30 Nov 2009 - 8:10 PM

Fantastic work, very well done.
Tony

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 8:13 PM

Beautifully combined shots.
Ronnie.

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Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 8:30 PM

Great work and a stunning image.

Regards, Barry

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 8:36 PM

Great work Steve,well done
Steve

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arhb
arhb e2 Member 72342 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 8:41 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a great composite Steve, and well composed.
My immediate observation is the reflection in the eye of the owl, whilst looking away from the obvious light source - a minor point, but worth considering.
My other thought is that if the owl is well focused and detailed(as it is), the moon might look more natural if it was slightly out of focus.
I am distracted too much by the detail in the moon surface, and feel that should be more secondary interest.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
30 Nov 2009 - 9:43 PM

A great manipulation, a lovely image.
Christine

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 9:50 PM

Great work on your part. Makes a super image.

Ann

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 10:09 PM

Good advise from Andrew you need to create distance between the owl & moon - individually both shots are sharp & beautiful but your focus should primarily be on the owl - good work though and I like the idea very much - Ina

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franken
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30 Nov 2009 - 10:15 PM

Stunning work here.

Ken

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SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 10:27 PM

I would like to thank you all for your kind and constructive comments. I especially want to thank Ammonyte for his User Award.
I have taken on board the advice and will put it into practice next time.
Steve.

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photophantom
30 Nov 2009 - 10:37 PM

superb work Steve, excellent image
Dennis

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2009 - 10:45 PM

Cannot add to what has been said Steve , the moon does to me seem a bit large and draws the eye however a clever concept well processed good work thanks for sharing Colin

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 10:49 PM

Stunning work Steve well done
Harry

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2009 - 11:14 PM

Well done these two images blend together to make one beautiful picture.
maggie

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 12:31 AM

Superb work here and a fantastic picture. Gary

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 8:07 AM

Excellent work Steve. well done.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 8:53 AM

NIce one Steve, good bit of creative processing - love the light on the owl - perfick!!

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Kimco
Kimco  8 United Kingdom
1 Dec 2009 - 9:02 AM

Brilliant.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 9:02 AM

Very creative Steve,lke it.
Tom.

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Techno
Techno  61009 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 9:59 AM

Delighted to award you 60 on this magnificent image, top draw..

Mal

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
1 Dec 2009 - 4:52 PM

100% spot on image, dont alter it its the best ive seen. Brian

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 6:12 PM

Very nice done Steve - good manipulation and tones too.
Regards Richard.

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2009 - 6:30 PM

Well done, highly creative endeaver, Patti

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Artangel
Artangel  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2009 - 3:03 AM

Well, it's all been said. Lovely idea and very well manipulated. Now ust how did you take such a good picture of the moon. I want to achieve this but keep getting such a halo. Romney

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2009 - 9:34 AM

A really well composed shot, lovely bird.
Peter

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2009 - 11:39 PM

An impressive creation here, Steve. I'm sure that with the advice given, you will improve with each further attempt. I look forward to seeing them.
Terry

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2009 - 7:43 PM

like it.lesley

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iancam
iancam  6 England
5 Dec 2009 - 6:41 PM

Excellent work Steve.
Ian

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2009 - 4:31 PM

Excellent work, it's a cracking image.
Pete.

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LindaPellingPhotography

Love it - well done Smile

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