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By philhomer  
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.

Tags: Barn owl Owl Graveyard Churchyard Owl photography Grave Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: rayme330, ugly, Arty and 18 more

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rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:35AM
Wonderful image, exposure is immaculate bringing out the delicate Barn Owl colouring.


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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:42AM
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...

Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 5:46PM
Superb shot !!!!

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