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Athene noctua

By LensYews      
Another photo from the Sunday meeting at the Barn Owl Centre. This was the Little Owl, who specialised in looking slightly angry. The owl was position in a tree stump placed, with a natural looking background.

Shot handheld from a distance of about 2 meters, later in the afternoon, with the sun directly behind me.

Manual mode f7.1 @ 1/125, ISO 500, spot metering, daylight white balance, single central AF point.
Lens: AF on, 200mm, IS on, 1.4m min focal distance.

Minor Adobe Camera Raw adjustments, Yellow channel on layers boosted slightly to lift the yellow in the eyes, and significantly cropped to remove a distracting dull and overly bright sky. Sharpened (high pass filter) and resized for upload in elements.

Have I removed the context of the tree stump and field location, by cropping to remove the sky and put the focus on the Owl, or does this cropped version work?

Tags: General Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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Comments


saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
7 Jan 2010 12:16AM
so so so Beautiful shot with a good eye contact thanks for sharing saeid

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costas Plus
8 1 2 Greece
7 Jan 2010 12:16AM
Bird of wisdom,good shot pin sharp
Paintman Plus
9 1.0k 176 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 6:42AM
I hope you don't mind the mods, but I couldn't resistSmile

Alan.
fraser 12 631 14 Scotland
7 Jan 2010 9:04AM
I think this works both visually and as a wildlife photograph. Losing the sky maybe removes a little of the environmental context but enough remains to do the job.
Fraser
LensYews 7 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 11:44AM
Thanks for the comments everyone, Paintman I love the mods and I'm sure those are the kind of expressions that Willow was pulling everytime I turned my back. Smile
paulbroad 8 108 988 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 12:12PM
Very nice natural history shot indeed. Why would you need any sky in it? Not sure about comic mods - not that kind of image in my opinion.

paul
TonyDy Plus
7 4 2 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 3:23PM
Lovely portrait of this little creature.
Tony
Eviscera Plus
9 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2010 5:16PM
Its a good study and the crop works well.

Thing is , I find the textures on the trunk do compete for attention with those lovely feather details. I suppose its a camouflage thing !

Did you a mod that draws more attention to the owl as an idea.

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