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1st PlaceLow Owl

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Challenge: Anagram (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Location: VERY near Chateau Snaffles
Date: Feb 2, 2021
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/750
Date Uploaded: Feb 4, 2021

This barred owl turned up yesterday, barely 30 ft from my kitchen window. They're hanging out by my compost bin, hunting for the rodents that raid it on a regular basis. Stayed in the immediate area basically all day, barely even noticed when I walked by it on my way out to the woodshed. This shot is literally at eye level. I did get a couple shots when they were on the ground, but at the time I was still shooting through the screen so the pics weren't that sharp.

I could have gone with a slower shutter speed and maybe a slightly lower ISO, but it was an overcast day with a slightly backlit owl. Ah well.

pp: Shot NEF, crop, adjust exposure, brightness/contrast, vibrance, HSL, dodge, inpainting, resize, NIK denoise, NIK output sharpen.

Post-challenge...YAY!!! So glad the owl did so well and is now in my top 5 :-) Considering that it hung around for about 3 hrs, despite me slowly opening the kitchen window and shooting through the screen, to slowly pushing the screen out of the way so I could get clear shots, I was really impressed with how calm it was.

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Place: 1 out of 37
Avg (all users): 7.0667
Avg (participants): 7.1765
Avg (non-participants): 6.9231
Views since voting: 277
Views during voting: 65
Votes: 30
Comments: 15
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/24/2021 07:35:16 PM
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02/23/2021 02:31:33 PM
Sweet capture, wtg on the blue!
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02/22/2021 07:02:39 PM
I love this image it is just so special in every way.
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02/22/2021 04:10:04 PM
HE looks so tired and with plenty of thoughts in his had.. .. owls are very humans in there expressions. great image.
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02/22/2021 11:01:08 AM
Congratulations Susan. I knew this was the blue as soon as I saw it. This would be a winner in almost any challenge. And whatever processing choices you made during development of the image, the final outcome is what counts and the mood you chose to present is perfect. Needs nothing, unless you say so.
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02/22/2021 09:25:58 AM
Congratulation Coach Susan. Superb composition
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02/22/2021 09:21:31 AM
Such a beautiful image, Susan. Many congrats on your Blue.
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02/22/2021 06:00:04 AM
Congrats on the blue, Susan. I love this shot.
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02/22/2021 04:30:42 AM
Ha sorry, I forgot you were in Canada, lucky you :)
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02/22/2021 12:17:44 AM
What an amazing shot. I didnít vote on this challenge. This looks like a painting. Amazing to be able to get this bird in your front yard, thatís the thing about living over there in America you get some pretty beautiful birds, and you donít even need to leave your home.

Congratulations on your blue, you are doing quite well this year :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2021 11:18:46 PM
Gorgeous picture, and your anagram matches the mood. Top shot. 10
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02/21/2021 04:43:31 PM
nicely executed and having the soft touch in the image gives an extra boost to the image.
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02/15/2021 07:25:27 PM
This is absolutely my most favorite owl image I can ever remember seeing.
This is a 15 on a scale of 1 t0 10.. I bet you get the blue, this is superb.
So amazing, so beautiful.
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02/15/2021 12:47:59 PM
Oh, so lucky to be able to capture this! Beautiful owl and he looks resigned to the weather.
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02/15/2021 09:22:12 AM
I would apply a levels correction to it to get a bit more contrast, not too much, otherwise you loose the atmosphere, but enough to enhance colours and depth.
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