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Boobook Owl

Boobook  Owl
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon 75-300mm ISUSM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Owls all over the world, Great Portraits Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-25 14:19
Viewed: 6369
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The diminuitive little Boobook Owl, with its familiar call of "boo-book" is a nocturnal hunter, found all over Australia, Timor, and Southern New Guinea, in habitat ranging from desert to forest.

Its diet compring of mainly insects, is further supplemented with other invertebrates, small mammals, birds, frogs, and lizards. Like all owls, it is superbly adapted for night time hunting. Its soft leading edge feathers so effective at eliminating noise, that it hunts with near silent flight.

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS Windows
Exposure Time: 1/50 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 195/1 mm
Date Taken: 2005-03-20 15:51

PDP, Robbrown, LordPotty, dew77, TAZ, Comandante, Runnerduck, liquidsunshine, ariw, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-25 14:22]

Hee hee, he looks a little sleepy or is it giving you a wink? Lovely detailed shot with a very good composition. Excellent work Stephen.

Quelle expressio singulière ! il a l'air tout endormi ! Superbe niveau de détail, très belle netteté, et le cadre est original, du bon boulot !



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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-04-25 16:39]

Wow! Very clear image this wonderful bird. The colors are impressive. Very good job.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-25 16:43]

Lovely portrait. Slightly soft focus on the feathers but it gives it a nice overall effect against the sharp eyes.
Regards Toni

A nice capture Stephen,the details and colours are excellent.
Very good composition and DOF.
Good work.


I love these little owls they are so cute and there is no part of the world without them. This one is well seen and the eye as allways are hypnotic, TFS Robert

Good owl shot, though there is a fair bit of noise and some strange textures on the right hand shoulder of the bird.

Owls have the most interesting faces.The eyes always have character,almost like cartoons,and this is no exception.A great capture Stephen.Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-25 22:37]

Stephen, I like your frames.

This is a nice capture. I have the feeling the bird is sleepy.

Great portrait.

Those eyes are just awsome.. I case of the "evil eye" :D

good details, lovely colours, with a frame to compliment.

Well done

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-26 3:49]

Fantastic owl, Stephen. I have never heard of a boo-book owl. Very sharp details. Beautiful light in the eyes. I swear the eyes moved on me while I was staring at the picture. Great capture. ; )

He is thinking: "I really need a lot of pacience with this guy over there"... :D
Nice shot and excellent postprocessing. I love your framings, this one with the irregular little line is great. May I ask how you do it? Thanks!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-04-26 4:27]

what a expression on the "face"! it looks like someone from "Adams family"!

Stephen, Nice shot with the half-wink a definite plus in your portrait. Good details of the eye and beak..I think the image may be a little over P.P. with the hash-marks apparent in the body feathers, but not bad..well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-26 7:30]

Beau et intéressant portrait pour ce hibou au regard impressionnant. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2005-04-26 10:59]

I like this very much Stephen. The richness and detail in the plumage is outstanding. And I share everyones view on your subject's expression. Looks almost like he has a lazy eye.

Fantastic details in this capture, feathers are amazing.
Love the face, you have captured a great expression, very funny.
Thank you for posting.

Fantastic portrait Stephen,
Excellent composition, details, colours and sharpness.
He's got the look of "I'm the wise one here".
Great capture, Thanks for posting

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  • ariw Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 8 N: 25] (179)
  • [2005-04-26 13:26]

A perfect job, Stephen! I really like the eyes, and the expression, is she sleepy ? Great deatils and sharp focusing, thanks for sharing this lovely bird

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-04-27 2:38]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Stephen.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-04-27 2:55]

Wonderful owl portrait Stephen!
Details,sharpness,DOF,especially eyes are perfect.
Very clear shot.I liked it very much.TFS...:-)

Superb portrait!
Eye contact and details are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.

Great portrait, beautiful colours and great expresive face.
Very well done. Not a nit.

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