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Eagle Owl

By mdavisba
Taken at Warwick Castle

Tags: Pets and captive animals Owl bird of prey


capto Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2019 6:49PM
A magnificent bird. I have done a mod with a little 'cheating'.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4042 Canada
17 Sep 2019 9:29PM
Its quite a nice shot. Theses Owls need shorter wings! Or less zoom, - hard to do with a bird in flight.

It can do with being a little sharper, and the black level would be best set back close to black; this helps to ensure it isnt looking like its flying through mist, or a set of nylon curtains!. Ive done this in the mod, and since the wings seem symmetrical, Ive cloned in the missing bit on the left.

Ive added a little exposure also.


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 10:21AM
Not a bad effort. I do quite a bit of this and it's not easy. It does need to be a little sharper, and I use tracking auto focus and continuous shutter mode. You still get a lot of failures and your depth of field will be very small.

Background a touch obtruscive, but sometimes little you can do about that - possibly a lower viewpoint?

dudler Plus
16 970 1532 England
18 Sep 2019 6:35PM
Outside my area of competence, but my thought is that it's easy to get stuck at the longer end of a zoom, and forget to allow for the change in size as the bird approaches. It can be a good move to set a bit wider than you think you need, and crop later - modern sensors are good enough that you can do this without losing much quality.

I remember reading Biggles books when I was young, and comments therein about the extreme difficulty of 'deflection shooting' - you need a lot of imagination to aim a fighter's guns two hundred yards ahead of your target, so that the shells arrive there at the same time as the 'plane does... There are similar consideration in wildlife photography.

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