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Flying towards TrekNature
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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: 2005-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Birds of Brazil, Flying images, Owls all over the world, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Birds in Brazil 2, _Fotos adicionadas por 5 ou mais membros, 5 favs. and up - PART 2, AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-22 5:49
Viewed: 7387
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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.

Manual mode
ISO: 400
Post process on Photoshop CS2

dew77, shal, Janice, fiyo, hummingbird24, sAner, Comandante, ddg, marhowie, pompey, wallhalla15, coasties, scottevers7, TAZ, Libor, Signal-Womb, Luc, gerhardt, bobcat08, Frieda has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-22 5:57]

Hello Livio!
Wonderful in flight capture.Harmonious colors,POV,DOF,sharpness,details and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

  • Great 
  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-22 6:07]
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Amazing shot and wonderful capture !
Good timing, great composition.
I like it ! Very well done

Hi Livio, either you're on early or I'm on late!! Excellent capture of the owl in flight. Stunning natural colours and patterns. Details are sharp, and the composition is good.
Well done, it's a good job!
Good night!

Hi Livio
Wonderful capture !!!
I like it very much

Hello Livio,

Your flight shots are getting more delightful to see as your proficiency with the 20D excels!

In this image I can almost imagine myself flying alongside this wonderful owl, as the sense of motion is strong.

Details are sharp, and, the determination in that eye...

Congratulations, and thank you.

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-22 7:15]

Excellent capture Livio! The sense of speeds just spats off this picture. This is really great! Very well composed, exposure is spot on and natural colors. Well done & TFS!


  • Great 
  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-22 7:46]

Wow Livio
Superb inflight capture. The details are so sharp and the blurry BG shows the movement.
Well done.
Regards Toni

excellent camera work. Stunning sharpness and great eye detail.

Hello Livio!
Very nice action capture.POV,colors,sharpness,details and visual impact is wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-22 9:17]

Bonjour Livio, very good shot. Colors of BG and feathers of bird are in harmony. Amazing sharpness of eye!! Very well done, congratulations Didier.

Wow, wonderful capture!!!

Fantastic capture my friend. The BG blur really helps to convey the sense of motion/flight in the shot. Well composed with very good sharpness, detail and POV. Very well done & Thank you.

Hi Livio,
This is a excelelnt panning. The details and POV are great.
Well seen from the BG.
Excelelnt work, my friend.

Absolutely Perfect! Doesn't get any better than this. Paul :)

  • Great 
  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-22 11:28]

Brilliant capture Livio, a very crisp action shot.
Well caught.

Livio, superb action shot! I like POV/DOF, details and composition very much. TFS.

Hi Livio

Wow... this is fantastic!

Sorry to say my time is limited again today, so this is just a quick critique. Very good work. I like the POV. Sharpness and detail are perfect. Well done. Thanks.

  • Great 
  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2005-10-22 15:46]

An exceptional shot. It's rare to see a flight shot where all the details are sharp, yet there is a great sense of movement. Very nicely done.
Regards, Nigel.

  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-22 16:23]

Hi Livio,
Brilliant captured moment!
Excellent timing, great sharpness and detail,
good blur background to separate the subject,
great composition and nicely framed.
Good job!

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-22 17:13]

Smiley now, critique tomorrow :-)

Splendid, simply spledid ! What a wonderful photo !

Hi Livio,
Another superb owl shot. This in-flight is frozen perfectly, with sharp detail. Great colors and markings on this beautiful bird. You do great work with these owl shots, and your notes are awesome. I took some owl shots today that I think you will like. Hopefully I can edit and post in a day or two.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-23 3:45]

Wooow ! What a superb and interesting Owl in flight that you have well captured ! Composition, pose/movement, DOF and sharpness are great ! Congratulations Livio and thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-23 4:37]

I love this, Livio. Fantastic in-flight shot of our little friend.
Very sharp details and wonderful POV. Congratulations and TFS. : )

  • Great 
  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-23 5:11]

Zdjęcie powala na kolana. Doskonała ostrość i kompozycja ptaka w locie, swietnie rozmyte tło. Mistrzostwo.

Hi livio!
I'm dreaming about taking photis in flight.
Your is absolutely wonderful.

  • Great 
  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-23 10:39]

excellent shot
very nice capture..all is perfect

parabens pela captura com excelente nitidez

That is a stunning in-flight capture Livio, amazing details and effective DOF covering the wingspan. 8/10 Top shot.

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-23 22:53]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Capacity of evocation in me: good.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Livio.

This is a very nice capture, Livio. Sorry I have no time for a proper critique.

Did read the nice note though... :)

Fabulous capture Livio! This flying owl is majestic. Colors, details, DOF, background...everything is just perfect. I put in my favorites! TFS

Hi Livio,

It's so nice, how did you catch it?

Hi Livio,

Great SHOT. What a beauty. POV and BG are perfect. Details and compostion are good TFS :-)Bob

great pic, TFS Ori

Hi Livio,
Very good in flight Owl. You can see very well this is actually a bird of prey.
Well done

Hi Livio
... and flying straight into my theme.



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