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First year on TN

First year on TN
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 16:09
Viewed: 4169
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first year on TN and I want to thank's everybody for the help and learninr that I had acquired ( I hope) in that past year.For tha occasion I woul like to present to you that Barred Owl capture.On that morning I was at my second try on that Owl , on the previous day the subject was hiding in natural covert.That morning POV was fine but alot of people were taking picture making the Owl nervous .I was trying to get her attention with no success ,the crowd was to big,I then make the snow ( that was very crispy due to cold weahter) crack under my foot and it work ,I was able to capture a good eye's contact.

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Nice milestone photo Michel. I've heard that another way to attract owls is to use a fishing rod and reel and use a "bait" of a mouse-like patch of fur and cast it out in a field and slowly reel it in; making it look to an owl like a moving mouse.
They do look like a great subject to photograph.

salut Michel

féliciations pour ta première années dans TN,
merci pour ces superbes photos que tu nous postes
et merci également de m'avoir montré ce merveilleux site
le jour où au Boisé Papineau je t'avais demandé
où je pourrais voir tes photographies animalières.

Une belle image de la chouette rayée
avec un superbe contact visuel, comme dans les images
(ou mes images) la chouette a des yeux complètement noirs
j'aimes voir ce joli catch-light aux deux yeux, TFS


Bonjour Michel,
Thank you for being with us for the past one year and sharing your wonderful works! will see many more coming!
This is a good shot with the Barred Owl in a good pose of him!
good clarity, natural colour and details in it
well done

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  • Mariol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
  • [2008-03-03 17:15]

Hi Michel,
Congratulations for your first year on TN! I wish you more and more wonderful pictures for the future and also luck to find very good opportunities to make them. Your Barred Owl is well done with an interesting expression and very good pose. Congratulations again,
Your friend, Mario

Congratulations Michel ! This is a great community because of people like you who post their work and share their experiences with others. This is a world-scale class room so to speak.
That's a great way to celebrate your first year here. You still pulled off a great shot even though the lighting could be more desirable (ie, from the other direction). You've captured very good eye contact and an interesting pose. TFS.
Again, congrats on your 1st year on TN.

Best Wishes for another great year!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-03 17:38]

Hola Michel.
First. Thaks for all Your great images share here, it is always nice fot me to see them, and read Your notes, I hope You stay here many nore years.
Second. and what a great image to celebrate. Tis owl has a beautiful colors and nice looking at You. Sharp and good POV.
Your friend

Congratulations Michel...I love this and much of your work. You are a highly prized photographer...just as this sharp image shows...Be good and keep on Trekking!

My husband is totally infatuated with owls and we never ever see them around here. This is such a great capture. The pose and the eye contact is super. The image looks a bit undersaturated to me and a bit soft. Did you darken it a bit and sharpen just prior to upload? I know that my images always look washed out on TN unless I do that... and convert to sRGB color space if you shoot in RGB. It makes a big difference. I did a quick workshop.

Congratulations on completing your first year with us. I'll be looking forward to another great year of photos.

Evelynn : )

Salut Michel,
félicitation pour ta première année passée sur TN, tu auras déjà partagé quelques très bonnes photos et ta technique s'est bien développée, c'est là qu'on se rend compte que passer du temps sur ce site est vraiment enrichissant
Bravo aussi pour cette photo, je ne me rapelle pas avoir déjà vu une chouette rayée, elle est très réussie, c'est un excellent post,

Bellissima immagine di questo affascinante rapace notturno, ottima composizione, buoni dettagli e colori. Congratulazioni per tutte le tue splendide immagini pubblicagte su TN in questo anno. Ciao Maurizio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-04 1:46]

Congratulations on your first year on TN Michel!
You've posted some stunning shots here so far!
Nice image of this Owl!
Other than a slight more sharpness this photo is perfect!
The eye-contact, composition, POV, pose, BG, lighting... everything is superb!
Very well done!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-04 7:12]

Hi Michel,

Congratulations on your one year milestone on TN and also for your wonderful pictures. A nice Owl who does not appear to be camera shy - he is looking right at you. Nice natural colors and nice details. Here's to another great year!


Hi Michel,
A lovely capture of this beautiful owl. In some culture it is good to see an owl and in some it is bad. In our culture if you see a white owl it gives you fortune and if a brown one then it is bad luck. Anyway I like the composition a lot with very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-04 10:54]

Hi Michel.
My hearty congratulation on so significant event of your photo life and our community. You have created amazing collection and gifted us a lot of pleasure by shots, notes and comments.

I like your very nice shot of the cute owl which pose is very touching and glance is charming. I like excellent details and exposure of the image as well as the framing and composition. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-03-04 11:16]

Salut Michel,
Super de beau contacte visuel avec l'oiseau. Malgré l'achalandage autour de l'oiseau tu as réussi à capter son attention et prendre ce cette photo. Belle composition et beau ciel bleu.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-04 12:01]

Hello Michel,
Congratulations on your first year on TN.
I hope to see a lot more of your fantastic photos the next year.
A very beautiful photo of this Owl. With a bit more contrast or sharpness it will be a masterpiece. Excellent pose, POV, colours and composition.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-04 18:54]

Bonjour Michel,

Tout un regard que tu as capturé, félicitations! Cette chouette t'a fait un cadeau pour ton 1er anniversaire.
De belles couleurs naturelles avec de bons détails dans le plumage.
J'aime bien la branche sur laquelle, elle repose, sa diagonale ajoute un plus à la photo!


Hi Michel,
Congratulations on your first anniversary on TN. This is a nice picture to mark the occasion. A good technique to get the attention of this Barred Owl. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-05 7:45]

Congratulations on your first year on TN, Michel!
I have enjoyed seeing your photos and your critiques and I hope you continue to be active on TN for a long time to come!
This is a fine capture of a Barred Owl in a fine pose and set in an excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Amicalement, Ivan

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-05 12:09]

Hi Michel. A big congrats for one year on TN I am sorry i missed it. Time goes so fast . your picture of the Owl shows good detail and natural colours against the blue sky. it has its eyes on you. well done TFS. and keep them coming.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-05 12:32]

hello Michel
congratulations on your first year on TN
wonderful capture of this rare bird
i like composition, point of view, its pose, lighting and colours
thanks for sharing

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-05 16:29]

Hello Michel,
CONGRATULATIONS on your first anniversary. You have posted many fine images my friend and you are a great assist to the site, thank you for this splendid image and I hope you will post many more.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-05 19:04]

Hi Michel,
A big CONGRATULATIONS to you on your completing one smashing year on TN. You have really been a master in your art and have contributed much to this site with your wonderful shots. Wish to see you here for many many more years.
This is another wonderful shot and the eye contact is just fantastic. Your effort to draw its attention is quite commendable. Very neat and sharp image with nice colours and perfect lighting. The blue sky acts as a fine BG. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-05 23:10]

Michael, Congratulations and simply amazing shot. Thought I would love to see the full view but thats okay. Great Ganesh Pls produce many more....Ganesh

Hi Michel, happy birthday on TN, thanks for all your great photo, I like a lot this splendid portrait of this beautiful owl with lovely details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-03-06 2:53]

Hello Michel,
Very nice composition, POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work!
Congratulations for your first year on TN.

Hi Michel congrats on your first year of excellent work. Good eye contact and a little glint of catchlight helps. good closeup. Details are nice. TFS rgds Necip

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-07 7:00]

Salut Michel! Superbe capture que cette Chouette, elle regarde ton 500mm et se demande si tu l'as payé cher! :-) Bravo, excellente photo! Merci, à bientôt!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-09 0:33]

Hello Michel,
Congrataulations on your first year on TN, I hope there'll be many more! Brilliant capture of this beautiful Owl in a fine pose looking down on you. Excellent focus on the eyes and I like the fine plumage. Nice blue background and a very fine composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Michel
Congrats on one year with TN
Superb capture of this Owl
Fine Sharpness and good detail
Nice natural color.tfs jon

¡¡Mis felicitaciones Michel!!
Estupenda imagen con muy buenos detalles.
Buena nitidez y excelente PoV.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-10 17:26]

Congratulations on you one year anniversary.
Great capture of this beautiful image of the Owl with direct eye contact. It looks like you have to do some tough up work on the tree branch. Good composition, can be a little bit sharper, All else is fine.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-11 3:31]

Bonjour Michel,
Félicitations d'abord pour toutes tes contributions depuis une année. Elle sont de grande valeur. J'ai manqué pas mal de tes photos ces deux derniers mois et j'ai découvert avec plaisir tes magnifiques oiseaux. Un peu de peine à choisir, mais je vais prendre cette sympathique chouette qui a vraiment l'air de te regarder droit dans les yeux. Bravo

Hello Michel,
Owls are such adorable creatures!
Great point of view for this fine capture, as the bird gives a great pose looking down on the camera...
Good details in the plumage, and of course... Happy Anniversary!
Pablo -

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-12 13:33]

Hi Michel
this si very nice a bird
very good sharp
well done.

Hi Michel , sorry for my late message , congrat to you for your 1 st year in TN , good photos and good luck .

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 10:20]

Hello Michel

Congratulations on 1 year on TN.You have made many tremendous contributions with your lovely avian shots.
This is a beauty,the lighting is well done,and the colours are natural.
Excellent POV,I hope to get this close some day too.


Hello Michel,
WOW! really fantastic capture, great sharpness and depth of field, nice natural colors and good light, very good composition and point of view, superb pose and eye contact.well done!

Hi Michel,
Great shot - Great eye contact..
Congratulations on the year, looking forward to some excellent captures from you & that MKIII/500mm combo :)

Bonjour Michel,

Ce hibou sur la branche semble observer le photographe. Les détails et les couleurs de l'oiseau sont clairs et précis. Le sujet est bien cadré. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


bonjour michel
bien que cette photo soit geniale dans le fait que l'oiseau regarde vers l'objo ,je suis d'accord avec le WS d'evelynn au niveau du contraste.
dommage qu'il manque un bout de queue.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-27 13:33]

Hi Michel

Congratulations on your first year on TN. This is a lovely shot to mark the anniversary. Lovely eye contact and beautifully composed



Enhorabuena por tu primer año en la web y un bonito trabajo para celebrarlo.
Un abrazo desde españa: J. Ignasi

Congratulations on your first year! Wow, great shot to celebrate the occasion! Wonderful point of view and great composition and detail.

Hello Michel,

I think the owl is as interested in you as you are in him!
The details of the face and the plummage are excellent. As you say, you got good eye contact. I like the composition, using the curved branch, too.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Michel. You have excellent collection of birds in your gallery. This is another stunning detail with the backlit controlled very well to give this tact sharp beauty. I like perch and the spotless blue sky eliminating all the busyness around the subject. Thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni

Great owl, with no much to distract in the picture, just its big eyes. Very good, congratulations!

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