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Little Owl

By strawman
My attempt at a little owl photograph. I was not too happy with the background so I have had a go at burning it in a touch to darken it, does it work?

your views are welcome. I have some with a very out of focus grass, but it looks too pure. Tricky.

Before this week I would have been happy just to have a capture of such a bird. Taken with the lens wide open ISO400

Tags: Nature Fence Mwfc Pets and captive animals Little own

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owaters 12 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 11:47PM
Nice capture - lovely depth of field. The burning works, helps the subject stand out.

I'd be tempted to crop the photo in a bit to position the owl nearer the first intersection (rule of thirds), removing some of the headroom and space to the right.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 11:49PM
Thanks, it is a thought, I have been playing with it. I guess the answer is I feel I missed the opportunity a bit with this one.

Still it is about learning, so its not a lost cause.
AlistairJ 15 6 England
30 Apr 2008 12:13AM
I love the eye contact. The burning worked. I like a natural background as long as it is not too distracting, this fits the bill. Nice one.

Leary 13 15 1 New Zealand
30 Apr 2008 1:38AM
i think the shot looks amazing. nicely captured and wouldnt have guessed about the background. also i reckon the composition is fine as is.. hmm well maybe a tighter crop would do.

30 Apr 2008 7:57AM
I can see what you mean now Simply perfect, nice shot and great detail
geniehawk 14 181 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 11:10AM
Like what you have done to it and the position works for me, gives the owl space to look into. Maybe the blue on the wire could be cloned out?

starliz 16 1.6k 3 England
30 Apr 2008 11:16AM
the little owl stands out beautifully good clear detail of him a lovely composition but I`m with jeannie about blue tag, superb shot.
User_Removed 14 16 England
30 Apr 2008 12:10PM
Lovely capture and the b/g is o.k. I would have cropped a smidge to the right of the wire loop. I respect you wanted a sense of space , but it would have worked better if the bird were looking into it
csurry 18 9.2k 92
30 Apr 2008 2:50PM
Too pure - it's supposed to!

I don't know some people you set up the perfect shot and all they do is moan, leave their anorak in your care and use a black bin bag to protect their camera (in public)


Blue bit has to go, you need to look out for these bits as they are not always as obvious as here.
whiteswan01 12 13 England
30 Apr 2008 4:17PM
very good nice shot
m3lem 14 England
4 May 2008 4:17PM
Superb shot.
viscostatic 14 48 9 United Kingdom
7 May 2008 6:21PM
Excellent wildlife shot.

GreyMoonRising 12 1.5k 1
20 Feb 2009 9:44PM
Beautiful Owl. Most of us would have tried to take it with the bird in the other side of the frame. The blue string? is a distraction but can be easly cloned out I would think.
strawman 17 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2009 11:18PM
Thanks for that, and yes I have used it with the string removed.
Goggz 13 2.3k 72 Wales
15 Dec 2009 9:02PM
Well I did a mod... but it looks as though the owl now has a halo - don't worry it's just my crappy selection Smile

Nice pic,
Cheers, Goggz

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