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Great Grey take III

By csurry  
OK, I was going to upload the cropped version of the first image, but then I realised that I had yet another version (sad I know).

Not sure if this addresses the issues as stated or not, so I'll leave it up to he audience to decide Wink

Well Pete decided, so it's not a fair comparison now - I do think it makes Dan the EC crit king as it's not the first time I have uploaded a version to his description in previous critique that has gone on to get an EC

Correct version is now in the mods - must pay more attention, but allowed normal workflow to be disturbed by trying to do too many things after a 14 hour day!

Tags: Great grey Strix nebulosa Pets and captive animals Pine forest

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Comments


25 Mar 2008 8:11PM
Full marks for this one. Its as it should be, A wonderful image. Im only permitted to give one vote though

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Shroomer 9 14 167 England
25 Mar 2008 8:14PM
Like this, it gives the appearance of a fine pencil drawing now with the tones.
Very nice Cheryl
Richard
sospan 8 12 Wales
25 Mar 2008 8:15PM
Superb image.
Andy
fishy2 8
25 Mar 2008 8:15PM
spot on.
jase.
richardwheel 10 217 2 England
25 Mar 2008 8:16PM
superb....
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Mar 2008 8:19PM
One of the quickest EC?
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 8:20PM
Doh, was just gonna delete this as I forgot to convert to sRGB! Sad

Aaaarghhh! Now I'll just have to live with it - thanks Pete Smile

Looks almost black and white on my laptop, which isn't necessarily bad, just not as I intended originally.

That'll teach me not to try and answer PS questions for Suziblue.
sut68 12 2.0k 76 England
25 Mar 2008 8:20PM
Best yet Cheryl, superb and well worthy of the EC!!!
SeanyP 9 10 England
25 Mar 2008 8:23PM
Great shot
Sean
paulstefan 11 509 1 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 8:24PM
Jeez, not another EC Wink

I might like this even more in b+w
Smile

Cheers, Paul
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 8:28PM

Quote:Jeez, not another EC

I might like this even more in b+w


Cheers, Paul



I have a whole page to myself (+1) even with the maximum viewable Wink

Have now uploaded file as intended as a mod!
rangerpaul 8 19 7 England
25 Mar 2008 8:31PM
Well if the first got an EC what's the mod gonna get????
Beautiful image.
Paul
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
25 Mar 2008 8:31PM
Yes I reckon you should have deleted this too Cheryl. Wink
Seriously,the desaturated colour of the owl and the tree against that bg looks wonderful.Super image.
Brian.
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Mar 2008 8:33PM
I think V1 works much better.

Quote:I have a whole page to myself (+1) even with the maximum viewable

Showing off....:-p
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 8:36PM
Stating a fact Cole Wink

Well I have to say that I do like the desaturated version as the background was quite brash in comparison, just it was a mistake Smile

Cheers all.
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Mar 2008 9:10PM
hmmm...I prefer V3...Wink
Ta!
fauxtography 10 6.6k 36
25 Mar 2008 9:13PM
3 for me Wink

Actually I prefer v1 but then i would Grin Congrats Cheryl
culturedcanvas 10 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2008 9:17PM
This is the business as far as I'm concerned. Great shot and thanks for the comment.

Nice to see I've not lost my touch on the critique side of things Wink

Dan
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 9:20PM

Quote:Thisi s the business as far as I'm concerned. Great shot and thanks for the comment.

Nice to see I've not lost my touch on the critique side of things

Dan



No and it is appreciated Dan. Eventually I would have gotten around to loading variants, but my excuse is that ViewNX is so slow that I just tend to process one of the early ones of each perch Wink
conrad 11 10.9k 116
25 Mar 2008 9:27PM
Oh my, another one! Haven't you considered doing things like getting awards in moderation or something?! Anyway, I'm afraid I have to admit it deserves it... Wink
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 9:42PM

Quote:Oh my, another one! Haven't you considered doing things like getting awards in moderation or something?!


This is moderation only one in 2008!
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
25 Mar 2008 9:44PM
I think you should try to bring your camera indoor again....lol
Smile
csurry 13 9.2k 92
25 Mar 2008 9:48PM
Oh yes more water drops and paint splashes. Or I could borrow Lucky and put him on a perch!

Nope, sorry have a few trips for real wildlife (hopefully) planned for April, then finish the month with two days at the MWFC. So I'm afraid more of the same! Though some new ideas hopefully for the MWFC sessions, birds and falconer willing Wink
25 Mar 2008 9:51PM
Great shot in did.
conrad 11 10.9k 116
27 Mar 2008 9:37AM
Forgot to comment on the shot itself. And now that it's back I did have to take a look again, didn't I...

I think that what I like most about it, is that the owl's feathers look so much like the bark on the tree.
ripleysalien 9 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 10:07AM
Stunning as ever, great work.

Steve
Coleslaw 10 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Mar 2008 10:51AM
Oh d*mn, it is back again....:-p
sherlob Plus
9 2.7k 126 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 12:54PM
Hi Cheryl,

See Pete's still a fan - although with images of this quality anyone who isn't needs to go away and lie down in a darkend room. Superb as usual.

Two quick questions:

1) What is version 3 all about???
2) Do you think cropping (sorry I know you are not a fan of this) a little more from the tree would balance the composition a even more? Note: not that the composition is anyway poor, this is more of an academic point of interest.

Rgds,

Adam
Glynn 10 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 1:28PM
Stunning image Cheryl.
csurry 13 9.2k 92
27 Mar 2008 1:40PM

Quote:Hi Cheryl,

See Pete's still a fan - although with images of this quality anyone who isn't needs to go away and lie down in a darkend room. Superb as usual.

Two quick questions:

1) What is version 3 all about???
2) Do you think cropping (sorry I know you are not a fan of this) a little more from the tree would balance the composition a even more? Note: not that the composition is anyway poor, this is more of an academic point of interest.

Rgds,

Adam



Version 3 was that Cole suggested on a forum thread that this image was underexposed and that seeing the histogram from shots like this would help people give better critique. I pointed out in this case, dark bird in dark forest on a predominantly dark tree and guess what the histogram is biased to the left, however, the exposure is good.

As for cropping you will see there have been a few variations loaded already, and I have probably another 20 that I will not bother people on ePZ with. Smile

Thanks all.
sherlob Plus
9 2.7k 126 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 2:07PM
Cheers Cheryl.
ade_mcfade 11 15.2k 216 England
27 Mar 2008 3:03PM
another EC?

Smile

quite a lot of character in this one, can see why the gaffer went for it
Milla 7 7 2 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2008 3:39PM
Now, that's a cracking image, one of the very best animal shots I've seen, and I really mean it. Would gladly have it on my wall, excellent work!
28 Mar 2008 8:34AM
Just excellent, quality work, deserving of the EC,

well done. Nick
csurry 13 9.2k 92
28 Mar 2008 9:13AM
Actually I did have another reason with regard to Adam's comment and it has to do with the direction that the owl is looking.

If the owl was facing more into the image then a crop of the left hand side would work, but as he is facing that way I think it would look a bit odd.
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
28 Mar 2008 5:39PM
Nice one Cheryl & deserves it's place in your EC file too.
I like the way the feathers of the Owl almost mirror the shape & textures of the tree,a little closer to the trunk & you wouldn't see him Wink
Janet
ToothPilot 8 50 4 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2008 6:35PM
High quality photography Cheryl. I love the similarity of the texture of the tree surface and the look of the owl's feathers.
Beautiful.
Hendrik
3 Apr 2009 4:26PM
Stunning shot.
Scott
Emmog 7 38 1 England
15 Jan 2010 8:01PM
Both are beautiful shots.
Matt
Bonico 5 Romania
9 Jun 2010 9:14PM
Incredible eyes, V2 for me!

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