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Whoooos Looking
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Copyright: Scott Evers (scottevers7) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2432 W: 3 N: 3894] (12309)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200 f2.8 L IS + EF 1.4X II, B+W UV MRC
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"The eyes have it..." [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 23:45
Viewed: 5801
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a shot I took at the World Bird Sanctuary. This is a European Barn Owl. There are about 35 subspecies of Barn Owls, and they inhabit every continent except Antarctica. It is usually size and markings that distinguish them.

I liked this shot for the composition and pose I was able to obtain. The fill flash was dialed down to -1 exposure compensation. Shot in open shade, the fall colors of the leaves that day allowed the nice backround.

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I can also admire the pose & POV in this close-up portrait Scott :)
You nailed the exposure with perfect fill flash. Although shade can often complicate the capture, in this case the softer light has helped to produce even tones of color, and made the whites look great ;)
Very nice detail, sharpness, and the BG colors compliment the subject well also..
Very well done.

Excellent light, POV and expression on this Euro-Barn Owl's face. Simply an amazing shot. Of course, Canon's are the best camera. You have done well and I have marked this a favorite. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-20 0:05]

Hi Scott,

The owl is adorable. You caught a wonderful expression. The brown eyes and BG are a match.



This is a nice portrait of my favorite owl. You managed great exposure on all that white. Great detail and sharpness. That is a popular lens you use...I guess for good reason.

Evelynn : )

Hello Scott,
Your image gives a clue to why owls are associated with wisdom... this guy looks like he has seen the most!
Well composed presentation, and the macro work is well done...
Good light and very fine details in the feather coat!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-20 2:20]

Impressive shot,Scott!
Colors,sharpness and details are great. TFS

Hi Scott,
it's a very nice picture. the details and exposure are spot on, maybe the eyes is a wee bit dark.
Nice POV and lovely colours.
Well done, my friend.

Beautifull Owl Scott. I like the witty title.Good composition. TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-20 4:51]
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Hi Scott

When I was a young boy about 10 years old we visited my grandmother after she moved to a new house in Newcastle where she had this massive oak tree in the back yard. It wasn’t long before I made myself comfortable in the tree pretending to be some sort of noteworthy primate (which I probably was not far off at that age). There in the tree I found a young barn owl and the hunter in me took relentless control. Eventually I got hold of the obviously displeased owl and while I was busy climbing down from about 15m+ up in the tree the darn barn owl showed his opinion about being captured and started to bite and scratch at me. Somewhat surprised my concentration and my foot, hand, eye co-ordination went for a bum loop that caused me to take a classic dive for which Mark Spits would have envied me. About 2m above ground level was this thick horizontal branch that was there for only one reason and that was to break 3 of my ribs. Shocked and in pain I tumbled down further to the ground, but I never let go of that darn owl. My father thought it wise to confiscate the owl and donated it to a Bird Park sanctuary near by. Many years after that incident I would still visit the sanctuary to say hello to MY owl. Although somewhat misguided at the time, I think this was where my love for nature started, but I did not grow into loving nature, I FELL in love with nature.

Back to your bird. A fine specimen and very well captured and presented by you. All the tech stuff is well in place. The composition is great and since the bird is looking to its left there is no problem that the cropping left little space on the left of the photo. The colours are natural (I know because I saw one from very close quarters), the details and contrasts are absolutely stunning, the BG is perfect, and the exposure with the fill-in flash was expertly managed.

Very well done and TFS.

I agree with you, Scott. It is a superb composition, no doubt.
The details on the face are just amazing. I like the pinpoints of light reflected in those very dark eyes.
Thanks and take care.

Hi my dear friend Scott ,
excellent shot as alwyas.
excellent sharpness and details.
beautiful colors and nice BG,
thanks for sharing dear Scott ,
best wishes

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-20 6:22]

Oh Scott, I love his expression! So inquisitive and so beautiful too. Nice and sharp, a wonder to see, thank you

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-20 6:31]

Hi Scott

Another terrific portrait from you!
This splendid barn owl look fantastic and it stands out so well from that darker BG.
The pose is also superb and the catchlight in its eyes is lovely :)
Outstanding sharpness, lovely natural colors andexcellent DOF complete this wonderful post!

Bravo, my friend, and TFS

Hi Scott

What beautiful big eyes. Nice pose with the head turn, perfect exposure and complimentary OOF BG. Nice camera work MF! :-)

Hi Scott. Amazing photo.Technically perfect picture. I really love this pic, great photo. TFS. Stefan

Hi, Scott.
Very nice portrait. Lovely look. Excellent details and exposure, especially on whites. Tack sharp and well composed. Nice BG.

hello Scott,
I like the owl curious look, maybe a bit frightened. excelent details on face and feathers, colors and exposure. A good portrait.

Hello Scott,
A perfect picture for this Barn Owl. Perfect sharpness and clarity. Congratulations,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-20 12:46]

Hi Scott.
What a perfect portrait of this wonderful owl. Quality of your work is amazing. Reflection of the feathers, owl mood and impression of the eyes, delicate lighting and perfect colours are really outstanding as well as the composition of the picture. I like counter movement of a body of a bird and its sight very much. POV and DOF are selected extremely well. BRAVO. Great portrait work.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-20 13:08]

Very beautiful!
Detail, composition, pose, POV etc. all excellent!
The shot looks very professional...;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-20 13:15]

Hello Scott,
Amazing portrait.POV,expression on face,clear details,BG,framing,catchlight in eyes,pose of owl and composition are excellent.Have a great weekend!

Hello Scott,

Excllent colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp well exposed on the whit bird, excllent composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-21 11:41]

Lovely capture of the beautiful heart shaped face. I love the expression in those wonderfully big eyes. Sharp details, great POV and nice DOF



hi Scott

very beautiful this owl a prafaite control of the colors a clearness impecable cheer


Hi Scott,

Nice hooter, even though I would like to see a pair of them even more. Very nice portrait shot with excellent details. :)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-22 8:01]

Otra excelente entrega Scott con gran punto de vista en armonía con el encuadre elegido.
Los bellos colores y detalles del ave se ven realzados por el gran contraste con el fondo ideal por su difusión y colorido.
El foco bien centrado sobre los ojos del ave y que abarca correctamente la totalidad de su imagen.
Cordialmente... Ricardo

Another excellent post Scott with great point of view in harmony with the elected framing.
The beautiful colors and details of the bird are enhanced by the great contrast with the ideal bottom for their diffusion and coloring.
The focus very centered on the eyes of the bird and that it embraces correctly the entirety of their image.
Cordially... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-22 8:08]

Hi Scott,
Wonderful pose, composition, background and exposure. I really beautiful bird!
Best regards, José M.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-22 9:09]

Hi Scott,
great portrait of this Owl. Excellent sharp details and the colors are great. POV and light is beautiful. I like the way it has its head turned giving you that questioning look.
Very well done.

Nice shot of my favourite night raptor!
Excellent portrait, colors and sharp details,

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2007-01-22 12:51]

Hi Scott,

When I opened this post my first reaction was "Wow" and I think that says it all. Well done.


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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-01-22 15:42]

Nicely done. This is a beautiful specimen. Great expression, too. I especially like the mix of natural and artificial light. (The -1.0 on the flash is one of my favorite tricks, too).

merveilleux portrait scott
les plumes de a face sont admirablement detaillées,
l'exposition est impeccable,vraiment une reussite.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-01-25 9:34]

Bonjour Scott, on ne se lasse pas de regarder "la dame blanche"!! toutes mes félicitations, Didier.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-25 22:22]

Hello Scott

A wonderful portrait of this moonfaced beauty.The eyes are beautiful.Excellent texture and detail in the plumage.Lovely colours.It is all set off nicely by the superb blurred BG.TFS


Hello Scott,
I like this pose and composition too. Details are also very good. Those guys look so strange but they look great! This is a wonderful capture with superb exposure. Well done!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-26 17:01]

Scott, this is amazing.

The image has a stunning 3D effect, so that it seems I'm indeed before the owl.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition. Perfect exposure.


Me.....that's who's looking :)
Hi Scott
What a nice portrait of this lovely Barn Owl. He has such beautiful coloured feathers. I like the way he is looking just away from you. The detail of your close-up is just great, you can see each feather. This Barn Owl has beautiful and expressive eyes.
TFS Janice

Great shot, but I think the merit of this shot comes from the eyes as they see to look right past you, nice camera work. Your nailed the detail and your exposure is perfect, congrats!


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  • joelo Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 40 W: 10 N: 37] (148)
  • [2007-01-27 0:35]

Hi Scott,

Wonderful portrait. You even managed to maintain some detail in the white feathers, which is tough to do with a flash close up.

You might want to see if you can bring up a little bit more detail in the eyes.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-01 10:02]

What a beautiful owl! I love this image!
It has a wonderful sharpness and color. A perfect portrait for this lovely creature.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing it and the valuable information.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-02-05 22:44]

Hi Scott!
Excellent capture! The sharpen details are great and the owl is beautiful! Nice portrait!

Clearly there is a mystique about owls!
And Scott you captured that well in this shot.

I really like the "headturning" perspective.
Nice to see that owls can do something other than sit uo straight!

Great detail too. Well done, Jay

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-05-09 16:43]

hello scott
here is wonderful portrait photo of this cute and beautiful owl.
i like composition, point of view, background, depth of field, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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