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Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
24 Mar 2008 12:03PM
Not sure about over-saturated on this one as there isn't much colors anyway.
But I think I prefer this one, even though I do like the landscape one a lot. The stare is very intense. and The camouflage is amazing.

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sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
24 Mar 2008 12:04PM
Stunning, love the ruffled feathers!!!
Angi_Wallace 9 172 10 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 12:05PM
Beautiful shot , I really like the lichen covered tree in the shot too.
beautifully captured
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
24 Mar 2008 12:26PM
This balances nicely Cheryl, colours look good to me not oversaturated at all.
Such a natural looking pose, witnessed these like this in the wild in Sweden many years ago.
Great capture
ericfaragh 13 138 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 12:37PM
I think I prefer the first, because of the more settled pose and less ruffled feathers. The echo between the feather patterning and the tree trunk is not so pronounced here because the bird has turned toward the viewer more and we lose one of the wings.
plugin 12 1 Canada
24 Mar 2008 12:40PM
Stunning.. well captured.
24 Mar 2008 12:47PM
blends into the tree well... wonderful shot
EDWARDPARRISH 9 63 1 England
24 Mar 2008 12:48PM
I prefer this one cheryl.
The setting is just perfect to make this bird look realy at home. Camo is amazing as cole said.
Very natural.
culturedcanvas 11 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 12:57PM
I think I'd prefer the other shot ... but cropped Smile

I do like this but the other shot shows a better pose and feel in my opinion. Also in the other shot the background branches (were it cropped) would in my opinion be less distracting than those displayed here.

Maybe you could crop the landscape version and post it in the same format as a version so we can compare?

Amazing shot - haven't seen the previous shot. Ang
RoyBoy 12 227 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 2:12PM

csurry 15 9.2k 92
24 Mar 2008 2:40PM
Will upload the other shot cropped as an image in it's own right tomorrow Smile I have about 10-15 similar frames so will try and choose one that loks a little different.

Was a shame that as soon as I went to portrait mode the owl decided to stare at the ground. It's one of the problems with captive owls, they really only work when staring directly at the camera or side on.

Ruffled feathers will be because of the gusts of wind and also I don't think the owl was too happy about being exposed on the end of the branch in the high wind. They generally tend to go close to the trunk of the tree.

Thanks for all the input - vote seems a bit split, so we will see how the third version does.

We have some sleet showers now, so hoping to get some small bird images.

Back later.
Cormy 9 3 England
24 Mar 2008 3:12PM
Fabulous shot.Love the comparison of the tree bark and the camouflge feathers.
Tournisol 9 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 3:50PM
I prefer this shot the owl has a better expression on him, beautiful shot.
fishy2 9
24 Mar 2008 4:08PM
fatmod 10 22 England
24 Mar 2008 4:39PM
absolutely superb
HUMIE 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 5:05PM
This is EVEN better than the previous image IMO.

Portrait orientation and B/G compliment it more.

SUPERB capture.

chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
24 Mar 2008 5:29PM
Well he's making full use of that perch !
rangerpaul 10 19 7 England
24 Mar 2008 6:44PM
Looks quite superb to me. Very nicely balanced.
Paintman Plus
10 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 6:51PM
Super detail and beautifully shot. Love the owl's 'expression'.
24 Mar 2008 6:58PM
Cheryl, in my work oldgreyheron days we had a "wise owl". This surely is it! Great!

neill5409 10 188 1 England
24 Mar 2008 7:31PM
Love this image Cheryl, you are now the proud owner of the first user award I have given.
KBan 12 498 4 England
24 Mar 2008 8:06PM
spot on Cheryl
csurry 15 9.2k 92
24 Mar 2008 8:18PM
Thanks all

Thanks Chris!
24 Mar 2008 9:42PM
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2008 10:35PM
This is great wildlife photography as well as having wonderful pictorial quality. I like the way the owl's plumage matches the texture and colour of the tree bark.

pamelajean Plus
11 979 1893 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 5:16PM
Well, I loved the other one, but this just has the edge for me, wonderful.
49er 10 564
25 Mar 2008 5:21PM
Nice shot. Like the feather action...Great pose.
Looks fine on my monitor...

Edgar Smile
SamGillespie 11 94 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 8:22PM
Great intense look.

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