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Day 16 -A surprise visitor
Day 16 -A surprise visitor
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Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Backyard - Ledyard CT
Date: May 15, 2007
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2007

Viewed: 258
Comments: 19
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Our friend the Barred "Hoot" Owl decided to show itself in your side and backyard today when we got home from work. It sat on a branch about 20 feet away and stared at us for about 15-20 minutes. It is gorgeous.

It was a great birthday present for my son James who loves raptors (especially eagles and owls!)

Shot in RAW - adjusted levels, exposure, saturation, curves a little, cropped, USM 25,50,0, Hue/Sat desaturation individual channels. Save for web. D/B around eyes, USM 85,0.5,0. Save!


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09/07/2009 09:04:12 PM
You're truly lucky to be able to be so close to such a beautiful raptor and for so long! I would love to see the shot in color as well.
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09/05/2009 12:42:34 AM
Cool shot. You were very lucky to get a shot like this in the daytime. They sometimes sleep in the open in the daytime here, and you can get pretty close to them if they feel safe about you being there. I like the B&W for this.
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09/04/2009 08:21:46 PM
clearly i need to move somewhere to get better neighbors : )
nice owl and close
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09/04/2009 11:45:55 AM
Nice capture on the owl ... I would love to get a chance to shoot one one of these days.... good job pping his too ... the little catch light in the eyes make such a difference.
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09/04/2009 11:20:18 AM
Amazing shot!! I love the expression in the eyes. Great capture!!
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07/05/2008 12:33:39 PM
His eyes look so deep. No wonder folklore says they are wise.
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05/20/2007 08:33:05 AM
is this owl a pet?? .. its amazing how if appears to have expression in its face .. could be the tilt of its head or something.. love this photograph .. great patterns and contrasts .. :)
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05/17/2007 11:50:14 AM
I think owls have the sweetest faces, despite the fact they can be pretty vicious predators. The detail and focus is spot on, especially with him being so far away!!
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05/17/2007 03:52:58 AM
Nice shot, what a cool visitor to have (I only get next doors cat who pee's on my lawn!!!). Love the dof here especially in terms of the feathers. The V shaped twigs actually work very well in providing a frame for this. The only query is that on my monitor there appears to be something about the eye on the right of the frame that is very slightly off

Great shot
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05/16/2007 12:40:54 PM
Gorgeous little guy, find myself wanting to see him in color too. :) Lucky you for having a resident owl! Those eyes are like two little black holes...
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05/16/2007 09:38:26 AM
Great detail shot. Nice DOF and tones. Nice conversion.
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05/16/2007 07:28:33 AM
Just perfect in everyway, re composition, textures, and tones.....
Definatly a top shot here..... The DOF is quite magical.....

Message edited by author 2007-05-16 07:29:05.
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05/16/2007 12:45:12 AM
Dang!!!!!!! You got a GOOD shot of this bird. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Congratulations.
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05/15/2007 10:44:52 PM
How lucky to have such a beautiful bird waiting for your camera!
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05/15/2007 10:39:26 PM
For not a lot of setup this is a really nice capture. Happy birthday to James. Hope he has even better presents on the way.
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05/15/2007 10:28:29 PM
Great DOF. I love the animal shots. Especially owls. The are so interesting. Nice tones and lighting.
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05/15/2007 10:15:17 PM
Great capture! What a lucky find!
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05/15/2007 08:52:23 PM
funny expression this guy has :) i like the dof.
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05/15/2007 08:50:33 PM
Nice capture. I really need to setup a bird feeder at home.
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