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Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, 70-200f2.8L IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 8:02
Viewed: 6337
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph of a Great Horned Owl face is from the archives. It's captured during a bird of prey show, last year in the zoo of Amsterdam, Artis.
It's also my TN upload #800.

Captured handheld. ISO 400. Slightly cropped.
Digital darkroom workflow: Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop CS3.

from wikipedia
The Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus, is a large owl native to North and South America. It is an adaptable bird with a vast range, though it is not as widespread as the Barn Owl.


The breeding habitat of the Great Horned Owl extends almost throughout both North America and South America. Within their habitat they can take up residence in trees that include deciduous, coniferous, and mixed forests, tropical rainforests, pampas, prairie, mountainous areas, deserts, subarctic tundra, rocky coasts, mangrove swamps, and some urban areas. Though less common in the more extreme areas (i.e. the heart of the deserts, extremely dense rainforests) and missing from the high Arctic tundra, they are found in most habitats.

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haraprasan, Alex99, jconceicao, cataclysta, nglen, Hil, Pentaxfriend, LordPotty, horia, Maite, albert, Pearl, Evelynn has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To SunToucher: Dank u wel, Niekvanderschelden 1 11-03 10:30
To haraprasan: OOOOPS!haraprasan 1 11-03 06:02
To Adanac: Thank you very much, Rick.vanderschelden 1 11-03 00:57
To horia: Thank you very much, Horiavanderschelden 1 11-03 00:53
To kmr13777: Thanks Kirti,vanderschelden 1 11-02 08:42
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These eyes are impressive, Annick!
Owls are so fascinating - beautiful and also mystic - imagine to be in a forrest when it's dark and suddenly you see those eyes ...
Thanks so much for the shot, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Annick,
This is a brilliant handhold shot. Ultimate clarity and exposure, specially the details in the eyes look great. the subject stands out against the OOF BG.



Hi Annick,
A nice portrait shot of this beautiful great Horned Owl. Superb details with a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-02 8:32]

Hallo Annick,
Geweldig portret van deze oehoe. Perfecte scherpte, vooral in de ogen. Het is dan wel uit een dierentuin, maar de achtergrond is puur natuur, zo te zien. Prachtige compositie.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-02 8:49]

Hi Annick.
What a beauty you have pictured. Amazing portrait work. Composition is superb, details and sharpness as well as the colours are great and bokeh/BG is fine too. Well done and kind wishes.

Hello Annick,

Fantastic portrait of this owl,
Excellent focus and colours.
Definition and sharpness are superb.
Good notes.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-11-02 9:39]

hello sir,
Amazing portrait
Lovely picture with all the details in perection

Hi Annick
First of all I like those beautiful eyes. Great portrait. I like the tight crop and face to face POV

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-02 10:51]

Merhaba Annick,
Muhteşem bir portre çalışması olmuş. Özellikle gözlerdeki keskinlik ve imaj insanı etkiliyor. Ayrıntılar gerçekten kusursuz görünüyor. Başarılı bir portre. Eline sağlık.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-02 11:59]

Hi Annick. The eyes are unreal. so clear with bright colours. they would stare you out any time. With good detail in the feathers and natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-11-02 12:21]

Hi Annick,

Wonderful portrait shot of the Great Horned Owl,
I love the tight crop as it really draws you to the amazing eyes.
Excellent details and beautiful light and colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-02 14:11]

H Annick,today you change place but the results are always fantastics! I'm surprising from the incredibles details of the eyes,a very great spectacle!!My best compliments,have a nice week,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-02 14:40]
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Hello My Friend,
CONGRATULATIONS, 800 postings in almost 2.5 years on TrekNature, Averaging 34 points per posting, thats impressive Annick but it is well deserved, your porfolio is to say the least outstanding. Time you have devoted here is very much appreciated by me as well as many others. Your image today is textbook Annick quality, thank you Sir and may you continue to teach and guide us for a long time.

Ha Annick,

Fantastisch portret van deze Amerikaanse oehoe
prachtige bevedering en oog details

TFS Thijs

Amazing capture Annick!
These owls always have the most intense look.
Great exposure and fantastic detail.
The POV and cropping give it an imposing air.
Nice work!

Wonderful shot of this intensive eyes of the owl. Very nice colours, good details. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 0:40]
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Hi Annick

Big congratulations on your 800th post here! WOW! That is really impressive! And to think that all those 800 of such a high quality and present as someone's favorites so many times...these stats speak for themselves.
This is a terrific close-up of this Great Horned Owl!
The details here are impeccable and the textures everywhere [especially on the iris from its eyes...yes, i looked carefully there :)] are brilliant!
Great use of the DOF again, perfectly exposed and wonderfully composed.
My humble compliments for this and all your work here!

Bravo and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-03 1:25]

Hello Annick, Amazing closeup shot. Superb sharpness and excellent composition. Ganesh

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-03 2:37]

GREAT!! What a marvellous portrait of this beautiful Owl!! Amazing sharp details which I find delightful, especially those big yellow eyes. I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

Hello Annick,
Great portrait,I like the intend gaze well rendered by your composition
Well done

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-11-03 8:51]

Hello Annick,

What a handsome fellow. You captured this shot so perfectly, amazing details, excellent focus and pose. Lovely composition and POV. TFS.


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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2008-11-03 9:18]

Hi Annick,

Excellent this portrait of the owl. Great details and colors, specialy of the eyes!
Congratulation, Dan.

Hoi Annick,
Ondanks dat de achtgrond misschien een beetje te licht is, is dit toch eem prachtige foto. De helderheid van de ogen en het detail in de veren is super. Het lijkt wel of the uil blij was om je te zien. Hij heeft echt een mooie glimlach.

En natuurlijk van harte met alweer je 800ste!!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-04 13:33]

Excellent shot!!!
Those eyes are stunning!
Very, very sharp with incredible detail.
Superb lighting.

Well done, Annick!

Cheers and TFS,

Hi Annick, cngratulations for your splendid 800th post on TN, fantastic portrait of beautiiful owl with amazing details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-06 10:11]

Hi Annick
Very nice portrait of a beautiful Owl,xcellent focus on the eye.Very good work.
Regards Jiří.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-07 11:21]

Hello Annick, a fine close-up portrait of the Owl, great sharpness and very good exposure. A good shot for sure, thanks!


Gee, this is really up close and personal! What amazing detail and fabulous eyes. My goodness...800! I have no idea how many I have posted but it certainly isn't close to that! I'll have to check sometime.

Evelynn : )

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