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By JFitz
Owl in flight at Aillwee birds of prey

Following comments, I have allowed modifications to this image and would welcome/enjoy any manipulation of the scene Smile

Tags: D300 Owl Bird Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: accidental hero, tractor, Brian65 and 12 more

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Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2012 12:00PM
Well captured, great timing.

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steve5452 13 15 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2012 12:21PM
good capture, great eyes
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2012 12:50PM
My goodnes they do look frightening
when seen coming at you like this.
Very well captured.
philhomer 8 77 32 England
14 Jul 2012 12:56PM
the focus, timing and exposure clearly demonstrate that you know what you are doing - my personal opinion is to then be a little more critical of your chosen background...

if you were to 'cheat' and go to a proper photo day then you would get the opportunity for clear, more natural settings, and that woudl actually make capturing the bird easier as well
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2012 2:46PM
A stunning inflight wildlife photograph, which as already mentioned would benefit from a bit of manipulation here and there.

Regards Nathan
JFitz Plus
9 412 5 Ireland
14 Jul 2012 3:08PM
I would like to thank everyone for their votes and comments. I agree with Nathan and Phil regarding mods and background and I think one could have a bit of fun with this owl. It was a rather peculiar feature of the Aillwee arena that all the flying took place within the structure of the enclosure with very little soaring so to speak. I enjoy tinkering with Photoshop but I don't yet have enough good images to make it worthwhile and this image may appear again later in the year in a woodland scene!

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
14 Jul 2012 6:32PM
Ive uploaded a mod. The fence and background, especially that white blob are distraction I removed and blurred.

The Owl itself has contrast adjusted, sharpened, and catchlights in the eyes, with a little colour saturation.

You need to convert to sRBG rater than ProPhoto for the web. You also need to apply sharpening to your re sized image after you save it, and before you upload it. Compression causes loss of sharpness.

Its a good action shot though under the circumstances.

Hope the mod works for you.


JFitz Plus
9 412 5 Ireland
15 Jul 2012 8:33PM
Thanks willie for your comments and mods, Your 1st mod really opened up the picture and I realised how worthwhile it would have been to have done it myself, especially the white object in the background. You put a lot of effort into my image and I have to say that I really like the brighter of the two woodland scenes. Thank you for your effort.


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