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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Jul 5, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Nature, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2008

This month I had the incredible experience of shooting a family of barred owls right in my back yard! This is the mother, and there are at least two fledgling owlets (I suspect there are three, but I've only seen two at the same time). I've probably taken over 2000 photos of these magnificent birds in the past few weeks, and this shot was from the very first day. They've become so used to me by now that I can get within a few feet without disturbing them. Wow!

Although there wasn't anything special about the editing (typical Levels, Curves, Saturation & such), the original was mud by comparison. That's partly because it was shot in RAW, but also highlights the importance of getting the exposure and focus right, then proper processing!

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Statistics
Place: 22 out of 524
Avg (all users): 6.7073
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 6.7097
Avg (non-participants): 6.7000
Views since voting: 1674
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 164
Comments: 19
Favorites: 6 (view)


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09/06/2009 11:59:17 PM
that is so cool!!
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08/08/2008 06:14:16 PM
What a great shot !

Very nice indeed - and what a privilege to have them in your own back yard.
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08/08/2008 06:11:33 PM
How fortunate to be able to shoot them right in the cozy confines of your yard. Nice!
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08/08/2008 12:36:39 PM
Lucky you- an incredible bird image *****
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08/08/2008 06:08:37 AM
Shannon....that is my barred owl! Send that silly guy back to me....I have been looking for him. Fabulous capture - the details and colors are outstanding (eh hem...and much much better than my attempt last year...)

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08/08/2008 12:06:10 AM
Very under appreciated. Absolutely stunning.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2008 11:19:24 PM
My favorite for the blue. Excellent execution.
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08/07/2008 09:07:35 PM
What a beauty! I like this setting of the bird in its natural environment.
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08/06/2008 09:14:01 AM
a fantastic image of an owl...the vignette suits this
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08/06/2008 07:32:42 AM
Nice environmental shot. Personally I'd have cloned the one leaf over the face, if it looked good that way. Otherwise a wonderful shot.
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08/06/2008 03:54:10 AM
Wonderful! This could ribbon!
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08/04/2008 03:53:34 PM
Great owl portrait, very sharp, well done
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08/03/2008 04:11:35 PM
Awesome capture! I so want a shot like this. Sorry can't find anything wrong with this pic. You get a 10 and a fav. Thx. Best of luck. Scott
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08/03/2008 08:25:31 AM
I would love to photography an owl. I think they are so cool. The centered composition works perfectly. Great detail in the feathers and catch lights in the eys.
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08/03/2008 06:43:06 AM
Too many leaves in the way but at least the eyes and beak are visible.
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08/02/2008 11:08:16 AM
Simply awesome, your blending of the images natural state & pping is outstanding !!! this is what i look for in an image 9.
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08/02/2008 12:17:19 AM
wow! wow! wow!
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08/01/2008 11:09:28 AM
I rather like this. The bokeh is lovely and the catch lights in his eyes are nice.
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08/01/2008 02:01:14 AM
Beautiful!
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