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Terror Nocturnis

Terror Nocturnis
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, Awestruck!, E.Y.E.S, Silhouettes, Owls all over the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-04-29 4:22
Viewed: 4825
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Somehow, I knew you could not resist the temptation of clicking that thumbnail, you have to admit this is a striking image! Well, I am glad you did and I hope I did not disapoint you !
TERROR NOCTURNIS is rather a good title for this image but not necesarilly for this faultless, beautiful bird otherwise. Surprised after a meal, she was not very welcoming to me, when I invaded the burrow she made in the top of a big boulder under a juniper trunk.
Everyone can easily realise why we are so fascinated yet frightened by these birds; they are so unlike all we know as the diurnal benevolent creatures we are : they're sneaky, they're ferocious predators regardless of their size, living only on fresh hunted animals, they have a bizarre, mean and aggresive shape according to the law they live by but most of all its their nocturnal life and ferocious eyes that unfortunatelly created a fear and repudiation by most humans ever perpetuated by the church as the archtype of evil, while the old Greeks perceived owls as "symbol of wisdom", the bird of Minerva... The eyes of an owl looking straight at you is not something you forget easy !
Well, to be honest with you this is just a mignon, petite little owl scientifically baptised "Athene cunicularia" but known to us as the "Burrowing Owl"; she is about 9 inches long and her habitat widespread across America ...

Tech specs:

Nikon CP 8800
Len: 89.00 mm digital
Res: 8 mpg.
Mod: S
Spd: 1/8.0
Apt: F3.7
EV : +0.7
ISO: 400
Met: center weighted
Xtr: Nikon VR stabilizer on
Lgt: Flash auto
Hakuba carbon tripod, Velbon ball head

Post editing: Adobe Photoshop 6.0
Unsharp mask / Darkened blacks / Enhanced eyes (yellow and reds) / Resized / Cropped

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-04-29 4:28]
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Terror Nocturnis is an excellent title for this excellent photo. Very Latin and Medieval ;-) I'm not disapointed for sure! Eyes are centre of your image Radu - eyes looming from darkness and scarying everyone. Superb work!

Yes, it's a striking image and the thumbnail does drag you in!

Great capture on an excellent background Radu - the background really makes one's focus on the eyes. Great sharpness with plenty of details and I really like teh composition with the owl just out of centre.

Woah!! This owl looks absolutely petrified to me ... as if you'd caught it unawares in the flash. Its probably afraid of the dark :) (not) The capture is not too sharp and its a bit noisy but otherwise an excellent catch. TFS!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-04-29 9:51]

Belle photo d'oiseau Radu. Quel regard, avec un peu de strabisme il me semble !!Le léger manque de piqué du plumage n'enléve rien au contraire. Bravo. Didier.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-04-29 12:03]

Lovely pose in fantastic colors...TFS...Ina...

OK now I see the scary one :)
Very special picture, very special colours and very good result, I like the contrast between the eyes to the whole frame.

Dark side indeed ;-)
I haven't seen this photo before, but it would have, no doubt, drawn my attention.
Owls always have striking eyes, but this one looks exceptionaly weird.
I like the photo very much, of course ;-)

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