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Eyes @F2.8

Eyes @F2.8
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Copyright: Callie de Wet (Callie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 50 points or more - 50 puntos o más, African Owls [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-30 14:07
Viewed: 6630
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Staying with owls, I wish to share the Full Monty of this guy which is posted HERE as a mug-shot. This shows you how he was sitting in the tree. Once again, this is next to the road and yes, there is once again some intruding branches in the face area, but I feel this shows well where they roost. I will later post another showing him with a complete clean face, and eyes, but without the ear tuffs. These owls can “retract” the ear tuffs, giving them a totally different appearance.

Thanks to Japie who coined the F2.8 eyes, very appropriate for eyes this size. To carry on for yesterday’s post on the eyes, a bit more info – the eyes of the larger species of owl, such as this one, is on average as large or larger than average human eyes.

Human eyes are spherical but the eyes of owls tubular in shape – this reduces weight – very important if you fly – so this results in a narrower field of view. It is thought that this is the reason for the unusual front facing placement of the owl’s eyes, necessary to achieve binocular vision.

This restricted angle of view is one of the reasons why owls can turn their head through 270º to 360º! compared with 180º in humans. The comical habit they have of bobbing and swaying their heads, which I have mentioned in previous posts, is a mechanism they have perfected to enhance their three-dimensional view.

A quick species repeat - This is a Spotted Eagle Owl - - Bubo africanus 43-50 cm. This is a smaller one, maybe not a 100% adult bird. We saw quite a few of them, they were approachable enough to get some decent pictures. They are nocturnal birds, infrequently encountered in the wild. It is the most commonly encountered “eagle” owl in our region, and has two colour phases – grey and rufus. Grey, like on the picture, is the most common. It has yellow, not orange eyes, as the Cape Eagle Owl, that can reach 65cm.

Venue – KTFP, Nossob Road
Date 86 December 2004
Time 17h29
Camera - Nikon D70
ISO 200 & -0,7 EV.
Sigma 80-400 F4.5- 5.6 APO OS
Filter – Cokin UV
Focal length - 220 mm.
Exposure mode - Aperture Priority – 1/160 @ F13
Flash – Balanced iTTL off camera SB800
Support – Handheld
PP – bit of cropping; levels; hue/ saturation; S/C; Some USM; reduced to Site size.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-01-30 14:10]

Yep. Eyes would be right. Excellent shot Callie. I love the colours here and the eyes are amazing. Well done.

Great shot Callie.
The eyes are just amazing, great pose and colours.
Very well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-30 14:37]

Pragtige Callie. The eyes are mesmerising.
Very good shot once again.

I'm surprised that he made it in there without getting hung up.
Excelent shot, Callie. Well done on the composition.
A Question, is it the in thing or normal thing to do. To use a flash for birds eyes? why?
I like the natural light if available.


These eye are f1.4... :)

Great picture, very good catch in a non ideal terms.

Another Cracker Callie.
This is such a good shot. As Willie says, the eyes really are mesmerising.
The deatil is excellent.
Good notes, thanks for posting.

This one is also a very good owl shot, Callie, although, I have a weakness for the Southern White-faced Scops-owl! Looking at differences, I find this one is less artistic (background and eyes essentially). But, on the other side, I love the way he turns his head nearly at 180° and his pose with visible feet. Thanks for your note about eyes.

Another great owl capture here. Great color and detail. Nice composition and backround. There have been so many great owl shots posted by many diffrent contributors. The bar is being raised higher and higher. Great Work!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-01-30 16:52]

Great shot Callie, nice light, colours and eyes to die for.
Great note!

Yes Callie another fantastic Owl shot which has me transfix. Well done.

I love the title! Very striking image with loads of impact. Excellent eyes your model has.

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  • azulu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 75] (374)
  • [2005-01-30 18:41]

Great photo Callie. Excellent composition. I like the details in this beautiful moment. The eyes in this photo are excellent.



Nice shot. But it is a pity that the trees on the background are so imposing and distract a little bit our attention. A good theme for this pictyre would be "camouflage".

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-01-30 22:52]

Bonne prise et belle composition. j'aime bien ses grand yeux. Juste une chose, le manque de réalité aux couleurs. Merci pour l'envoi

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2005-01-31 2:01]

Prachtig gefotografeerd met zijn grote ogen, zelf de scherpe doornen zijn in zijn omgeving goed te zien, het zinnebeeld der wijsheid dit prachtig dier!
Mooi Callie!

Wonderful eyes. They look into me ;-)
Great pose and note. Thank you.

Those eyes are just lovely !! hypnotizing. Love it !!!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-31 4:42]

I feel dizziness when looking at this eyes :-) Great capture, I like blue BG very much.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-01-31 4:52]

Great shot of the owl Callie. Amazing yellow eyes just staring and staring - at you. Prickly tree too. TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-01-31 7:03]

excellent shot and great title. well done.

Great shot I really like the blue colours on BG.
Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-31 9:59]

Well, I am impressed that you found a clear shot through the branches. The eyes of a predator are usually something unforgettable and this one is no different. This is a very natural shot and composition. I like it a lot.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-01-31 12:53]

He man,
waar haal je ze allemaal vandaan. Zitten ze bij jou in de boom te wachten tot je langs komt met je camera, fun.
Very good photo again Callie, famtastic capturem with great colours, good pof and what can I say more, fantastic man.

Now you are only rubbing salt in my wounds. Another owl! Brilliant capture Callie, you are really motivating me to get some owls out there. Great shot and note in your usual fashion.

Great shot, nothing to critique, informative note.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2005-02-19 11:48]

Very good detail, excellent color, excellent shot, well done!

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