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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 200
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 0:19
Viewed: 6075
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), taken at the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie, Scotland.

Snowy Owls once over wintered in Scotland until as recently as 1993, but are now just an occasional visitor to the remotest areas of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. This one is a female, the male having far less barring across the chest.

Taken through the mesh at the Highland Wildlife Park, wide aperture and keeping the mesh as close to the lens as possible, with the owl a reasonable distance away, then zooming in fairly tight on the owl help to minimise any visable fencing.

To anyone else going here, be warned that the same enclosure contains a pair of arctic foxes, and the male has got begging/stealing food off people down to a fine art!

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Excellant Shot! Heavenly Creature!



Hello Miles !
That is a gorgeous picture of this owl ! I love everything here : perfect sharpness, nice natural colors, splendid pose of the bird, he looks so strong and mighty, splendid composition, excellent blurred BG. I also like this intense golden look, and she's staring directly at you ! Very well done !

Hi Miles
Superb shot
Crystal clear image
Details and color briliant
tfs jon

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-17 2:56]

Hola Miles,
preciosa captura,
excelente pov y bello plumaje...
buen trabajo,

Hi Miles.
What a wonderful image, perfect DOF, exposure, sharpness and detail.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-17 4:48]

A striking image of this beautiful owl!
The eye-contact is fantastic!
You've handled the exposure expertly and the flash has eliminated any annoying shadows.
Great BG and a good DOF.
Sharp with a tonne of detail.
Well done Miles.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-17 5:02]

Hi Miles,
This guy looks serious! Great shot with those beautiful yellow eyes! Amazing sharpness and lovely natural colours.
Very well done

Hi Miles,
Magnificent capture of the S.Owl!
It's so good the sharpness of the image, and the stunning contrast made by its whitet feathers and the unbelievable yellow eyes!
I like the eye contact and the pose got on the trunk.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Beautiful animal , you captured the color very good , great DOF.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-17 8:00]

Hello Miles,
Fantastic photo with beautiful vivid and clear colours and great sharpness. The contrast with the dark BG is amazing. Very good focus, composition and POV.

Hi Miles,
A very high quality photo of this very beautiful owl. I love how the eyes seems to look straight through you. The details in the feathers are perfect and the OOF BG really enhances the outline of the owl. Thanks for the explanation of the technique and the warning for the male fox.

Brilliant!!! - good balance to the shot and the muted background colours are just right.
Well done Miles....

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-19 0:45]

Hi Miles, good to see you back. You are like a Wizard - appearing and disappearing. It is good to have your shots here to remind some of us what good photography really is! Wonderful shot of the Snowy Owl. Very nice pov, perfect focus, exposure and good detail and sharpness. Good texture and tones on the wood.
:) later

Excellent capture - a real beauty with great detail in the plumage! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

G’day Miles Herbert
Breathtaking Beautiful image. Excellent exposure, focus, detail, and DOF. Well done!
TFS Paul

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