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Challenge: Free Study 2008-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Shuttleworth Bird of Prey Centre
Date: Sep 24, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/13s
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2008

Not the most original shot in the world (SaraR has this beautiful version of owl's eyes)
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but still fun to spend a couple of hours trying to get the expression, lighting (flash needed as it was overcast and dull) and focus correct.
Not much post-processing, just crop, curves and saturation boost to the eyes prior to sharpening.

Place: 127 out of 430
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Avg (commenters): 6.8000
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Views since voting: 638
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 151
Comments: 6
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10/08/2008 09:27:18 AM
exxcellent image in my book and SOOOO surprized this didnt do better...
nicely done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2008 02:24:42 AM
the children didn't know there were being watched. Reflected in the mirrored eyes of the harbinger of their doom, they happily played along, blissfully unaware of the strike that was about to fall upon them from above.

Or, would fall on them above, if Oscar wasn't a burrowing owl, and if he wasn't just a little over 20oz large.

As Oscar flew off after the "attack", dejected, a final stab was cast into his heart.

"Aww, daddy, did you see that cute owl try and defend his nest?"

Oscar knew then that he'd be back, oh yes, and Guido the Great Grey would be with him this time!
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10/03/2008 12:36:10 PM
i like how we can see where this guy is looking...
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10/03/2008 07:58:48 AM
Orrly? Nice owl.
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10/02/2008 08:42:13 PM
Okay - this is fantastic.... excellent composition on this!! Seriously breathtaking!!
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10/01/2008 09:14:36 PM
Ha! Looks almost identical to my August FS entry. :-)
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