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Burrowing Owl Portrait

Burrowing Owl Portrait
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Copyright: Adam Hays (Adam73) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 13:29
Viewed: 3546
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this shot in Newark California. Not at any park just walking along the side of some Rail road tracks. :)

Burrowing Owl Info:

Being one of the smallest owl species, burrowing owls weigh only five or six ounces and are about 10 inches tall.

Burrowing owls have disappeared from much of their historic range. In Canadian prairie provinces, their numbers have dropped by more than half in the last decade. In North Dakota and western Montana, they are virtually gone.

Little is known about how long a burrowing owl lives. The most current known record of survival for this species is 8 years, 8 months.

Source: http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/burrowingowl.html

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AND a beautiful portrait it is!!! So crisp, wonderful eye colouring .. thanks for posting :)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-05 13:52]

Hi Adam,
Welcome to TN! Great opening shot shot you have here, excellent detail, natural colours and good DOF. Composition is perhaps a little central but a lovely shot. A note telling us about the animal, how you took the shot, what post-processing you did etc. would be nice.
Best regards,

hi adam,
welcome on treknature!
very nice details and depth of field!

Lovely closeup.Great sharpness on the eyes.Well done tfs.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-05 21:00]

Hi Adam,
First, a warm welcome to TN. : )
I can't believe you took this incredible shot on the side of the railroad tracks.
Wow! Newark has more wildlife than I thought. : P
That is an excellent shot of the burrowing owl. The details are tack sharp, the exposure is perfect.
Perfect POV for a portrait, and a skillfully managed DOF to get the nice blurred BG.
Congratulations on this superb first post, and looking forward to seeing much more of your work.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-06-05 21:26]

Hola Adam.- Que bella es esta foto, grandes detalles, muy nitida. Luis52

Hello Adam, and welcome to TrekNature. ManYee mentioned you to me and I have been watching for your first post. It is a good one. I am pretty much a landscape photographer but I think if I had just happened upon your owl I would have shot him too...however probably not as successfully. ManYee said you use a Canon. I just bought the 30D. I'm hoping I can ask you a few questions???? : )

Come to think of it, I lived in the Bay Area most of my life and I never once saw an owl in the wild, much less one close enough to photograph...no fair!

Thanks for sharing

Evelynn : )

Hi Adam

Very well composed shot. Good depth of colour. Crisp, clear, sharp with nice light. Well done. TFS.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2006-06-06 6:17]

Hi Adam, very good portrait of this owl. Excelent details and colours. Congratulation. Dan

Hi Adam,
Welcome to TN! A superb first post. The portrait on this Burrowing Owl looks great. A spot on exposure has rendered beautiful color and tack sharp detail. Good contol on the DOF and a nice OOF backround.

hello Adam,
Excellent full portrait of this nice owl, has very good details, colours and composition. Right exposure time.
In Argentina, the burrowing owl is very common and in last years is usual see them in sub urban zones.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2006-06-20 16:20]

Hi Adam.
Wonderful portrait owl, excellent details colors and sharpness,very nice eyes detail,is a good close up.

Thanks and I wait more photos , comments , tips and critiques.


Hi Adam,

That's a very nice portrait of a beautiful OWL. Sharp and full details. Nice compo. POV, DOF and BG are good. Nice naturel colours. Interesting info. Well done. Regards and TFS Bob

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