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Coincidental Owl

By philhomer  
A local, relatively well respected club lecturer showed us an image of a 'wild' Barn Owl in a window which coincidentally looked somewhat like my non-wild, wild Barn Owl in a window - spooky eh!

This one was taken a while back on an informal workshop at Vince's Barn Owl Centre - i say informal as i was offering guidance etc to a few friends / club buddies to test my tutoring but also allowing me to take a few images myself.

As always, i would be interested to hear your views etc - especially regards the foreground bokeh - does it add depth and an element of realism or is it simply a distraction?

For the newer togs - hopefully this is a reasonable example of why i do not generally use the central focus point or all points focusing. Obviously a centralised subject can be cropped later to achieve a better composition but personally i prefer to get it right in camera.

A little negative exposure compensation is used to reduce the possibility of 'blown' highlights - a test shot would have been taken and the histogram checked (and EC altered if appropriate) before proceeding.

A relatively shallow depth of field was chosen to allow capture of detail in the Owl but to soften the foreground weeds and the wall.

Tags: Barn owl Barn owl centre Owl Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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stuart1963 5 272 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 7:05AM
for me the Bokeh adds a framing effect,i like itGrin

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18 Jan 2013 10:51AM
For an image like this, foreground bokeh works well, IMHO. It helps create a sense of 'looking through' to the main subject.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 6:48PM
Not been to Vince's for a year or two nowSad
Must make the effort this yearWink

Couldn't agree more about the focusing pointsGrin
Most of mine are either TLH or TRH, unless I have the 1.4x on, which is very rare these days


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