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In a Hover

By albi  
I'm a bit disappointed in the hover shots I got of the Barn Owls the other day.
I had been shooting with the exposure at -1 as the sun was out and quite bright, so I didn't want to blow the whites.
But when I took these shots the sun had been covered by the clouds so as a result they came out quite dark, after lifting the levels in processing a fair amount of noise started to appear.So I've had to put the shots through neat image, which I'm not that keen on doing.
It was a stupid mistake to make and one I hope I don't live to regret, as these opportunities don't come along that often.

TECH: 1/800 F 5.6 EV -1 :-( ISO 320

Slight crop all round.


Thanks for looking

Tags: Barn owl Hunting Wildlife and nature

Voters: kwaterworth, 90125, sunshot and 58 more

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sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 7:06AM
OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!! capture, very very well taken.

fraser 18 631 14 Scotland
10 Mar 2006 7:07AM
Well if that qualifies as an error I might as well give up now.
cantona43 17 928 4 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 7:08AM
Stunning shot well done
nell 18 23
10 Mar 2006 7:08AM

ericfaragh Plus
19 149 6 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 7:10AM
I love the web of blurred branches as backdrop to the dramatic pose of the owl. Nice bit of movement at the wing tips.
pcjackso Junior Member 17 7
10 Mar 2006 7:11AM
Brilliant capture
Dennie 18 260 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 7:12AM
Excellent clarity in the owl. Love the large version. Im not keen on the background.
The owl is spot on. Denise x
copper 18
10 Mar 2006 7:14AM
fantastic !

ColouredImages 18 47 35 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 7:19AM
Stunning capture, simply stunning
martinduke 18 37 England
10 Mar 2006 7:27AM
This works very well. The bg colours complementing the owl.
Nice work
AlanBW 16 20 England
10 Mar 2006 7:32AM
Wonderful image
Chris_H 19 1.5k 1
10 Mar 2006 7:42AM
Wonderful shot.

liparig 18 233 United States
10 Mar 2006 7:56AM
wow excellent capture and timing
doug_7 17 482 England
10 Mar 2006 7:59AM
since joining this forum I have only clicked portraits because that`s what I`m into.
I have seen many bird pics come and go and always fancied a go at that type of photography. I have bee watching Bill Ody and I`m amazed at some of the shots they get while filming.
I checked your work and I think it`s excellent. You should produce a book.
This owl shot is brill.
shane 18 7 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 8:21AM
superb capture

mohikan22 18 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 8:21AM
superb work. BIG and small picture are both very good indeed Grin

Hawkgenes 17 10 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 9:21AM
I think its spot on.

10 Mar 2006 9:30AM
Excellent capture! Lovely! Mabelle
10 Mar 2006 9:50AM
excellent shot
TessC 16 1 Ireland
10 Mar 2006 10:25AM
This is fantastic, no disappointments!! Geez, if I could just get a bird I'll be happy... Nice one..
leeg 19 165
10 Mar 2006 10:30AM
Very nice Tony. Wish it was mine so I wouldn't be too disappointed. Have you heard of the sunny f16 rule with exposure? Certainly worth looking at for whites of this nature. I'm trying to learn the rule, but have not seen a white bird since I started :o)

Excellent. Graeme
mrsdaffy 17 16
10 Mar 2006 10:50AM
Tony dear , I think you have perfectionist issues... LOL, The shots you have of the Owls are all stunning, so if you never get the oppertunity to catch them again, You should be grinning from ear to ear....

Mags Smile
ValSaxby 17 146 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 11:25AM
Its a stunner Tony, I would be over the moon to get a shot like this. Keep em coming.
geoffwd 17 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 11:39AM
Excellent action shot - cograts on the 30
VinceJones 17 862 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 12:00PM
Tony, you should give yourself a huge pat on the back for this & for your perseverance & respect for this subject.

Congratulation on a great capture!!

billydo 19 79 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 12:24PM
Tony don't panic, this is still magic! The DOF and the way the owl kind of leaps from the image is just tremendous. I've enjoyed all of the owl shots but this is the best of all. Please keep them coming.

starliz 18 1.6k 3 England
10 Mar 2006 1:18PM
this is wonderful large he looks just beautiful hovering there,the BG tree adds a little extra don`t be so judgemental on yourself this is amazing.
kanos 16 Wales
10 Mar 2006 1:52PM
Whatever problems you think you had, this is still a great shot.
yjjeep 18 13
10 Mar 2006 5:36PM
It looks very good.There is a lot of detail and color.Do not put yourself down,you did a good job.
tonymarq 17 1 United States
10 Mar 2006 9:32PM
Tony just perfect and not seeing anything wrong with this at all! Great feather detail!

stay well
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
10 Mar 2006 10:12PM
Detail and exposure are spot on! Click!!!

bzbee 18 108 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2006 10:12PM
It's a winner!! Great job. One to be proud of
Se7enUK 17 114 England
11 Mar 2006 12:36AM
When I first saw the thumbnail the shot looked very faded. I was pleasantly suprised to open it up and find a really nice clear shot with nicely extended wings. All the more special for it been truly wild. Apologies for not always taking the time to comment.

All the best
Ceciliat 17 6 Philippines
12 Mar 2006 5:00PM
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2006 11:58AM
Just mindblowing capture,stunning.

Chriscj 16 96 1 England
13 Mar 2006 10:42PM
Stunning capture and stands out against that background.

justin c 19 5.2k 36 England
21 Mar 2006 6:19AM
Cracking shot.


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