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Another cliched mock-up shot - but then again if something becomes a cliche then is that due to the fact that is a great idea? Personally i have no issue with whether an image has been done before, although i will on occasion try and come up with something new or a variation on a theme (those just tuning in may wish to take a look at my damsel in distress)

Anyhow, nowt technical here - depth of field chosen to isolate owl subject from background, -1 EC due to my occasionally maligned personal preference for darker images along with the fact that such seems logical to me in a graveyard. Use of negative EC is important with a subject such as a Barn Owl as generally if the face of the Owl is blown then the image is destined for the bin.

Ignore the exif stating 1/250 at 431mm - i believe i was shooting on a Sigma 70-200 as someone had folk had borrowed both of my main Canon lenses. As such even with a convertor 431mm makes no sense on a full frame camera! Something going slightly squiffy somewhere.

We all make mistakes from time to time but i feel that i check shutter speed for reciprocity often enough to be pretty confident that i would not shoot at the above and risk camera shake.

A note regards the Sigma lens - this had been on long-term loan to a client/friend for the last 5 or more years and i had become used to the Canon L series. I believed that my preference for the latter was some form of proprietory lens snobbism but for those about to buy i can now confirm that the Sigma is nowhere near the lens the Canon is. The Canon is a newer lens but is still a mk1 IS, so it could be that Sigma's mk2 version is somewhat better but i would highly recommend that you try before you buy.

Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2012 - 5:05 PM
Focal Length:431mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Watching Over
Username:philhomer philhomer
Uploaded:4 Oct 2012 - 9:14 AM
Tags:Barn owl, Churchyard, Grave, Graveyard, Owl, Owl photography, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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Voters:rayme330 · ugly · Arty · craggwildlifephotography · mex · MattB1987 · mikesmith · longhoss · gwynn56 · johnriley1uk · aravindsudev · stuart1963 · bagman · lynks · Alan_Baseley · JohnoP · Niknut · cabbie · WindowonWildlife · zapar40 · Hazelmouse ·
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Wonderful image, exposure is immaculate bringing out the delicate Barn Owl colouring.



Very nice image...
D.O.F. is very nice...
Very nice detail in the feathers with a catch light in the eyes...
The Barn Owl in a nice pose...
Good work...


Last Modified By ugly at 4 Oct 2012 - 9:42 AM

Superb shot !!!!

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