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Not as fluffy as he seems!
1st PlaceNot as fluffy as he seems!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-700UZ
Location: HoutBaai, South Africa
Date: Jul 15, 2002
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2002

I love the different textures of his feathers, constasting with his eye and beak.
This owl was to tame it wanted to jump on me! I did not trust that beak and claws however!

Place: 1 out of 218
Avg (all users): 7.2491
Avg (commenters): 8.8936
Avg (participants): 7.2012
Avg (non-participants): 7.3238
Views since voting: 4292
Votes: 269
Comments: 60
Favorites: 41 (view)

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08/01/2002 03:28:00 PM
I didn't vote on this challenge b/c I was away, but if I had, yours would have won it for me too. Great colors and contrast! Definitely deserved to win I feel.
07/31/2002 10:01:00 PM
07/31/2002 03:42:00 AM
Loved this one... gave it 10
07/29/2002 08:20:00 PM
Nice to see a fellow South African winning. This was certainly my favourite shot this week.
07/29/2002 01:18:00 PM
Congratulations Yvette, wonderful picture. I am also planning to take my little son to the world of birds. From a fellow Cape Townian (although living most of the year in Mauritius)
07/29/2002 11:38:00 AM
Greetings to South Africa and welcome to DPChallenge.. this is quite a way to make a splash here with your first entry :) Great shot and congrats on first place :)
07/29/2002 06:10:00 AM
Congratulations! This was one of my 10's and one of my favorites of my 10's. Great job!
07/29/2002 12:36:00 AM
Autool - This is an awesome picture. I hope you can help the rest of us. Congratulations!!
07/29/2002 12:27:00 AM
Congratulations!!Exellent pix!!!
07/29/2002 12:26:00 AM
i knew i was going to feel watched this week. congratulations on a very well deserved win!
07/29/2002 12:12:00 AM
Congratulations!!!!! Fine work!!!!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2002 12:53:00 AM
Superb photo - wonderful texture - how did you do it?
07/27/2002 01:33:00 PM
Excellent close up. Detail is very good.
07/26/2002 06:42:00 PM
Wow !!!
07/26/2002 06:16:00 PM
OOOOOHHH...AAAAAHHHH I like it! the cropping is great and the focus - perhaps too much sharpness/contrast. I love the eye. 9
07/26/2002 02:46:00 PM
this is my pick for the winner. excellent composition, great lighting, superb contrast and colors. it also happens to meet the challenge very nicely. I am simply blown away by this image.
07/26/2002 08:56:00 AM
super detail........what kind of camera and lense do you use?
07/26/2002 08:24:00 AM
Wow--really nice shot. I like the detail in the eyelids and the feathers. Overall, I would give this a 7--the only thing I can see that could be improved is the focus around the beak, however, I know that may be a limitation of the camera since this is such a close-up macro shot. *7* -balynch
07/26/2002 12:59:00 AM
nice capture! Excellent composition.
07/26/2002 12:02:00 AM
Wow ! Looks like he could actually blink. Terrific photo. 10 and my top choice.
07/25/2002 11:41:00 PM
Great contrast, framing.
07/25/2002 07:29:00 PM
Wonderful close-up
07/25/2002 02:41:00 PM
Wow! I absolutely love this photo! The contrast of the dark and light feathers is really striking, and you were able to capture such softness in the feathers around his eyes.... They look almost like snowflakes. I can't wait till the voting is over so I can add this to my favorites!
07/25/2002 03:53:00 AM
I like how many types of feathers you got in the one shot.
07/24/2002 08:26:00 PM
I like this one a LOT.
07/24/2002 03:50:00 PM
Great closeup!
07/24/2002 03:30:00 PM

Technical Aspects9
Meets Challenge9
Total Score10

For those that are just learning, like me.

Composition: Scoring in this area is based on basic composition of a picture and includes the rule of thirds, balance, cropping, and curved and diagonal lines. Subject matter that does not lend itself to the picture or otherwise unwanted is also considered here.

Originality: Scoring in this area is based on pictures or concepts that I have seen, as well as how much effort you have invested in the picture. Usually a little something that sets it aside from a snapshot. Does it make me want to come back for another look? You know things like that.

Technical Aspects: Focus, exposure, lighting, and other special effects (done by the camera), and post processing are all considered in this category.

Meets Challenge: This is based on my interpretation of if you, have/have not, met the challenge. This is fairly simple but quite important for this site.

There are many sites that can give you assistance in achieving better skills in photography, but I think the best way to learn is to take pictures and show them to other people. Believe me when it is a good one you will know it.

Good luck!

07/24/2002 02:54:00 PM
Beautiful subject, technically excellent, well composed and great variety of texture....10..hokie
07/24/2002 02:50:00 PM
This is a tough picture. Great colors, and I like that you have focused on his eye without worrying about getting the rest of him. karmat
07/24/2002 02:38:00 PM
Great shot. I'm wondering if it's real. :) It's too good. The only thing I can suggest is reducing th glare on his eye.
07/24/2002 02:32:00 PM
How did you get so close, the detail is amazing? One of my tens.
07/24/2002 01:36:00 PM
awesome shot. best yet. maybe move the frame a little to the right .. that's a nit pick. also your focus is on the feathers between eye and beak. i would have liked to see it on eye more.
07/24/2002 01:34:00 PM
Wonderful shot. I am sorry that I can not add any suggestions, this photo is technically and atistically flawless.
07/24/2002 11:02:00 AM
beautiful photo.. I think the composition on this one is about as perfect as it could be... I LOVE the contrast of the eye against the black/gray feathers of this owl. The catch light in the eye is also a very nice touch. I think this is my favorite photo this week and I hope to see a blue ribbon on it Monday :) great shot.. = 10 - jmsetzler
07/23/2002 11:36:00 PM
This is good, really good. This (contest) being so subjective, I dare to think I would like it better cropped closer to just the eye. I'm sure you will get contradicting comments so.....take it all with a grain of salt. I really DO like this.
07/23/2002 01:40:00 PM
WHat a greazt photo!!! I love the contrast between the feathers and the Eyes. Any idea what kind of Owl this is???
07/23/2002 12:04:00 PM
good composition
07/23/2002 11:07:00 AM
07/23/2002 09:35:00 AM
Wow, a super close up.
07/23/2002 08:17:00 AM
but a great shot! too bad the limitations of even a 150KB jpeg file come through here so clearly. 7 beegee
07/23/2002 03:52:00 AM
He looks very daunting and focused (I SURE woudn't stick my finger in his cage!).
The picture is VERY good. In fact, I cant really find anything to complain about. 10
07/23/2002 02:25:00 AM
nice catch light. excellent closeup. good job
07/23/2002 01:33:00 AM
This is one of my two favorites. I love the cropping and focus. Wish I had your skills. Congrats.
07/22/2002 09:59:00 PM
Very nice image. Very good composition. Well done.
07/22/2002 09:45:00 PM
This seems to have a "soft" focus, but I LOVE the composition and his colors! While feathers don't come to mind first when I hear "texture" this is a really great shot.
07/22/2002 06:43:00 PM
Great close-up on this guy. Good job
07/22/2002 06:41:00 PM
Totally wonderful! (Is this a stuffed bird?) I got no complaints, issues or suggestions for improvement. I only gave four tens this week, this is one of them!
10 Swash
07/22/2002 04:41:00 PM
i got a feeling this fella is going to watch me from the dpc page all next week ... wonderful photo, and perfect fit for the challenge. no criticisms from me. -- gr8photos (10)
07/22/2002 04:14:00 PM
So beautiful...love him, great eyes. Wonderful shot. Kee
07/22/2002 03:39:00 PM
07/22/2002 03:30:00 PM
I love this one and am giving it a 9. That orange eye with the almost gray scale pattern of the feathers and beak.
07/22/2002 03:01:00 PM
stunning, event he eye reflection works. Harry Potter fans will be clamouring for a copy! 10
07/22/2002 02:25:00 PM
thats beautiful! good color and texture.
07/22/2002 01:32:00 PM
Terrific composition, and great for the challenge.
07/22/2002 12:11:00 PM
excellent. Clear, crisp, good color and right on target for challenge.
07/22/2002 12:01:00 PM
Incredible photo! I love the composition, texture, colors...this is just awesome! 10 Lisa
07/22/2002 11:24:00 AM
This is a beautiful shot. I loved the way it's framed and the texture is outstanding...great job!!
07/22/2002 11:10:00 AM
Superb ! = 10 shiiizzzam
07/22/2002 11:10:00 AM
07/22/2002 12:38:00 AM
This is lovely. Would have cropped out the little dark area for the other eye. My eye wanders to it even though it's not supposed to go there Very, very nice.

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