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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-02 21:46
Viewed: 5544
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whenever I use as space color Adobe RGB (like in this shot), colors change a little bit when I either send some picture through e-mail or save it for web on Photoshop. If I use as space color sRGB, that won't happen. Why so? If anyone out there has some input on the issue, please, let me know.

It's a "coruja-do-campo" (Speotyto cunicularia). In English, burrowing owl. They usually build their nests by digging holes. They can be found almost all over Brazil, feed on insects and have nocturnal and diurnal habits.

Below, some beliefs about owls, extracted from www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Mythology&title=World .

Afghanistan: the owl gave man flint and iron to make fire - in exchange, man gave the owl his feathers.

Australia: aborigines believe bats represent the souls of men and owls the souls of women. Owls are therefore sacred, because your sister is an owl - and the owl is your sister.

Brittany: an owl seen on the way to the harvest is the sign of a good yield.

Cameroom: too evil to name, the owl is known only as "the bird that makes you afraid".

France: when a pregnant woman hears an owl it is an omen that her child will be a girl.

Germany: if an owl hoots as a child is born, the infant will have an unhappy life. "A charm against the terrible consequences of being bitten by a mad dog was to carry the heart and right foot of an owl under the left armpit." (Encyclopedia of Superstitions)

Ireland: an owl that enters the house must be killed at once, for if it flies away it will take the luck of the house with it.

Israel: in Hebrew lore the owl represents blindness and desolation and is unclean.

Jamaica: to ward off the owl's bad luck, cry "salt and pepper for your mammy".

Japan: among the Ainu people the eagle owl is revered as a messenger of the gods or a divine ancestor. They would drink a toast to the eagle owl before a hunting expedition. The screech owl warns against danger. They would nail wooden images of owls to their houses in times of famine or pestilence.

Mexico: the owl makes the cold North wind (the gentle South wind is made by the butterfly). The little owl was called "messenger of the lord of the land of the dead", and flew between the land of the living and the dead.

Peru: boiled owl is said to be a strong medicine.

Poland: Polish folklore links owls with death. Girls who die unmarried turn into doves; girls who are married when they die turn into owls. An owl cry heard in or near a home usually meant impending death, sickness, or other misfortune. An old story tells how the owl does not come out at during the day because it is too beautiful, and would be mobbed by other, jealous birds.

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Regardless it's still an awesome capture Livio. The subject really pops out from the duo toned background nicely. Way to go. :)

I like the effect....and love this shot of the Burrowing Owl....

Hi Livio,
The eyes of this owl are so vivid. I find my eye immediately draw to the owls eye. Nice shot

Nice image, good detail but as you said, the colors are a bit off. I really do not know the reason, but it seems have an effect when downsized for the web. I would use sRGB for web images. We have a few of these up here in Alberta, classified as an endangered species.

Hi Livio,
a nice picture of a beautiful owl.
About color-space: the web-browsers up to day can not handle Adobe-RGB on a correct way, convert to sRGB before you post.
It'a a bit soft but the eyes are sharp. Nice POV and good DOF.
Well done. my friend.

Beautiful eye contact, good detail in the plumage and nice exposure.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-03 1:15]

Hello Livio,
Like others already mentioned I faced that problem as well. I haven't found a clue to fix that problem.
The portrait of the owl is outstanding though. The light parts on the belly might be a slight bit on the bright side. Composition is really nice.
Compliments. Jacob

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-03 1:29]

Hello Livio,
Excellant shot. Like the contast between the eyes, feathers and Blurred green BG.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 2:06]

Hello Livio,
Too busy, I was a bit inactive on TN, so I am happy to discover your new superb photo. I like the expression of your Owl. The blurred background is pleasant. Exposure, POV, colors, sharpness and DOF are super. Useful note too.
Congratulations my friend.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-11-03 3:05]

Beautiful shot with a great sharpness. The expression of the bird and the overall compo are great.

Ciao Livio,
bellissima foto, ottimi i particolari e colori deliziosi, bravo!


Hello Livio, you show us a very nice and interesting bird! I saw this owl in a bird park. -
Pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Your note is excellent too. Thanks for posting my friend.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-03 4:03]

That fellow looks like you've propped him up there on the mound of dirt! Super pose Livio, and those staring eyes are looking right at you. Well captured, TFS

Hi Livio,
Very sharp image. Neat BG. Nice off-centered composition. Excellent shot and superb PP works.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-03 6:07]

Hello Livio,
Magnificent capture.POV,clear eyes,DOF you managed,BG,colors,composition and visual effect are wonderful.Exclelent work!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-03 7:11]

Hi Livio

What a splendid picture of this owl! The POV and the eye-contact is simply amazing!
The composition is very beautiful, the details are clean and sharp, the colors and tones are very lovely - both the ones of the owl and the ones of its surroundings and the positioning in the frame is excellent.
Great work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Livio,
Excellent shot on this Burrowing Owl. The colors look good to me. Very sharp detail. I love the eyes. Good control on the DOF and seperation from the OOF backround. AWESOME!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-03 8:55]

Amazing background my friend to enhance the beauty and sharpness of this bird.

I like it a lot: composition, background, DOF, focus, POV, sharpness, lighting, color, framing, notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Another excellent presentation taking advantage of to the maximum the 640mm of your lens.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-03 14:41]

Hello Livios , This shot is very nice and so complete well taken shot ,good in pov and very fine details ,beauty eyes and bg ,good job tfs ,Good Weekend Teunie .

Hi Livio,
Colors of the owl are coming back in BG.
Nice shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-04 4:46]

Excellente composition de couleurs. Bravo pour le regard et la beautée de l'oiseau.

Merci Livio!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 13:05]

Hello Livio!

Great to see new photo from you, my friend! I remember this guy very well - big, yellow eyes and proud pose :-) Detailed, colorfull, with good BG, proud eyes and piece of desert under its feet - real ruler of Patos de Minas ;-)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-11-05 12:17]


That is quite the fact sheet you have compiled on owls from around the world. Interesting!

This little guy does indeed look attentive. Great capture!



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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-11-06 3:20]
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Hi there Livios,

This is an excellent photo. Sharp details and very nice colors. The composition is good and the fierce look in the eyes of the bird gives the photo something extra. Good note too. I haven't been around on TN much lately as I have been very busy with my new website. You can find it at

You can also use www.pietervanderhorst.nl


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