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Tried to do something with an otherwise ordinary owl shot by adding the circular vignette to fit the face. Not sure it works or not though?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2012 - 11:29 AM
Focal Length:300mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Owl
Username:thatmanbrian thatmanbrian
Uploaded:18 Feb 2012 - 8:02 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Jestertheclown
18 Feb 2012 - 8:14 PM

It's subjective, isn't it.

Personally I find it too dark, almost overpowering but then I'm not really a fan of vignetting anyway.

The shot of the owl, however is really good. One I'd be proud to have taken (and I've taken quite a few!)

. . . not sure that that's any help really!

Bren.

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OAKEY
OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2012 - 8:18 PM

Super capture, love those hypnotic Eye's.
Shaun

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mikesmith
mikesmith e2 Member 945 forum postsmikesmith vcard United Kingdom35 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 8:25 PM

I am a fan of vignetting when done right and for me you seem to have got it write with this one. It gives a little more emphasis to the owl. The shot of the owl is spot on too though there is a little of the lighter plumage below the beak that seems to be blown out a little. Otherwise for me the it's a well worked shot
Mike

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thatmanbrian
18 Feb 2012 - 8:58 PM

I agree it is a tad dark now I look at it again so I've upped a mod of my own as I can't do versions.... Thanks for suggestions.

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2012 - 10:15 PM

An owl I have not been able to take a photo of yet...
Love the detail and texures in this image,,
The eyes are so sharp...
Great work...

Dave

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9708 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2012 - 1:25 AM

The vignette is a matter of personal choice, - for me, it doesnt add or subtract as theres really nothing in the background.

I do however think it benefits with toning down highlights; reducing contrast which appears a little harsh; and warming the shot slighly as its a littlew cool (blue), and reducing sharpening (has an effect on contrast also) in some areas.


Loaded a mod for comparison.


Nice detailed shot. Shutter speed very slow for a 300mm shot, - but I expect you used a good support.



regards


Willie

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thatmanbrian
19 Feb 2012 - 7:24 AM

Good mod Willie. I use a monopod by the way.....

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2012 - 3:43 PM

Doesn't he look cross?: I like it a lot. Vignette doesn't detract because you only look at the eyes unless criticising a picture - then have to find something to say! The vignette prevents anything in the corners having any effect and the central composition is spot on here. For me, it works a lot.

Paul

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