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KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 169 England
18 Feb 2013 12:14PM
I really like this one - brilliantly timed!

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
19 Feb 2013 8:23AM
So David what was he saying to you ? A great capture of this lovely owl !!
Jaydee007 8 34 2 England
19 Feb 2013 8:25AM
Lovely bird with attitude i'm sure
Jim
Richsr 9 91 223 England
19 Feb 2013 8:34AM
Like the eyes and tones in this David
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
19 Feb 2013 8:45AM
Lovely posture, Dave, uneven ears and open mouth. Fine timing.

Dave
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 9:02AM
Well timed, i really like this image,

Ali
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
19 Feb 2013 9:05AM
Great timing - Nice Image!! I Like this a lot!!
CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
19 Feb 2013 9:44AM
A fine capture, Dave. Carol
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 10:17AM
A very fine pose captured superbly David.

Regards Nathan Grin
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 10:43AM
Lovely markings on this owl a true beauty
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
19 Feb 2013 11:30AM
Lovely capture.

Ken
19 Feb 2013 12:17PM
Good eye contact
19 Feb 2013 1:32PM
great shot. his expression to me says 'come on, get on with it'!! lovely!!!
johnke 3 223 15
19 Feb 2013 2:03PM
I wish I could get a pic like this. I have a barn owl nest 30 meters up from my bedroom and I cant get even close. One dam jealous guy...John
philhomer 6 76 32 England
19 Feb 2013 3:55PM
not a terrible shot of "Bottom" the Long-Eared Owl here Dave but i think a tad too much headroom which is not only throwing your composition a little but also allowing for those sky highlights to show through the upper area.

good choice of depth of field as the background virtually disappears - although next time a slight side-step may block those background highlights.

don't get me wrong, as above not a terrible shot - but we both know you can do better
19 Feb 2013 4:16PM
A lovely capture.
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meniko 5 Cyprus
19 Feb 2013 5:34PM
Oh! I missed the "too much headroom" a n d the background highlights , I only had eyes for this awsome , beautiful owl Smile)
what a powerful expression of wisdom - or is it only my interpretation ?!?
anyway, I love this shot
meniko
philhomer 6 76 32 England
20 Feb 2013 12:46PM

Quote:Oh! I missed the "too much headroom" a n d the background highlights , I only had eyes for this awsome , beautiful owl Smile)
what a powerful expression of wisdom - or is it only my interpretation ?!?
anyway, I love this shot
meniko



it comes with practice - Dave (the author) and I have done and do a lot of this type of thing and it makes you more critical - which is of course how we improve
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3560 Canada
20 Feb 2013 3:14PM
Nice effort David. The eye is perfectly aligned on a third, - not sure what the headroom comment means, - its spot on as a portrait. It is untagged, - you should assign the sRGB colour profile for images on the web so others can view the image as intended; I suggest it is underexposed by almost half a stop; the blacks are blocked; the contrast is too high, as is saturation. With a little work its comes out beautifully. If anyone can see any highlights in the background here, their monitors are not calibrated, and are displaying images too brightly.

There is a 16 block bar at the bottom of this page to check calibration, - scroll down, You should see, easily, not by guessing or squinting, 16 separate and distinct blocks from white to black. If you cant, calibrate your monitor. Theres a free programme called Calibrize if you dont have a Spyder or similar.

Regards


Willie
philhomer 6 76 32 England
20 Feb 2013 4:04PM

Quote:Nice effort David. The eye is perfectly aligned on a third, - not sure what the headroom comment means, - its spot on as a portrait. It is untagged, - you should assign the sRGB colour profile for images on the web so others can view the image as intended; I suggest it is underexposed by almost half a stop; the blacks are blocked; the contrast is too high, as is saturation. With a little work its comes out beautifully. If anyone can see any highlights in the background here, their monitors are not calibrated, and are displaying images too brightly.

There is a 16 block bar at the bottom of this page to check calibration, - scroll down, You should see, easily, not by guessing or squinting, 16 separate and distinct blocks from white to black. If you cant, calibrate your monitor. Theres a free programme called Calibrize if you dont have a Spyder or similar.

Regards


Willie




my mistake for using the term highlights - it is, or was meant as, a relative measure and nowt to do with calibration - at the very top of the image and at the Owl's rear right quarter there are areas of sky through the foliage - cropping the top area and ideally avoiding the lower would improve the image. Composition on the thirds is a great starting point but i think you have to go beyond that after a while - hence the headroom comment, halving the space above the subject here instantly improves matters.

of course, as per all commentary, this is just my own opinion

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