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Desert Eagle Owl

Desert Eagle Owl
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, 300 mm 1:2.8 with 1.4 CANON extender
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird of Prey photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-18 8:42
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Desert Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphus
also known as Pharaoh Eagle owl
formerly classified as a subspecies of Eagle Owl

this picture was taken in the early evening, when the sun had already disappeared behind the mountains. I shot a lot of pictures using 800 and 400 ISO speed ratings, the 400 giving the much better result but quite a few were blurred due to camera motion (this one was taken at 1/40 sec exposure time with f/4.0)
the colors are still a bit reddish and could easily be corrected by photoshop giving the illusion of a mid day picture, but this reddish tint gives the correct ambiance (in fact it was even darker than on the picture) and I personally prefer to keep the ambiance rather than overcorrecting everything
BUT all workshop and other views about this are welcome

PeterZ, marius-secan, meyerd, marianas, maurydv, tkp1165, rousettus, JoseMiguel, CeltickRanger, roges, Adanac, goldfinchtr has marked this note useful
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-10-18 8:50]

Hi Tom,
What a funny pose of this owl. He looks like he is puffing his chest out.
Nice clean shot that shows the subject well without any distractions.
I like the monochromatic palette.
TFS. : )

  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-18 9:35]

Hello Tom,
Wow, this is a photo to my heart. I like it very much! The pose, sharp details, warm colours, POV and composition are marvelous. Beautiful OOF BG. High quality for me!
TFS and regards,

Hello Tom,
Excellent capture, very nice composition.
Superb colours and sharpness.

Hi Tom
This is a great shot. Lovely detail on all the feathers and especially the eyes.

striking portrait, TFS Ori

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-10-18 10:56]

hi tom,
excellent picture of this owl.very nice pov and compo

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-10-18 11:16]

Hi Tom,
wonderful creature, the self assured pose, the evening light is telling of things to come to a night active bird. With 1/40 sec it is a miracle you wrought, Tom. The reddish background goes well with a desert environment. And the cherry on the pie is the presentation of a species not often seen anywhere. Bravo, Tom, and thanks for the picture and the note describing the circumstances for the shot.
Best regards

Wonderful capture, lovely colors and details.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-10-18 12:34]

Superb shot, Tom!
Very sharp and clear.
Lovely warm light.

Well done,


Hi Tom

Excellent capture of this desert owl, you were very lucky. The colours are fine. Excellent pose and composition and good details.


wow, that's a great animal! really wonderful specie very well captured!

Tom, cette prise est impressionnante, la posture et l'allure de ton sujet son très bien rendues.
Merci Amicalement

Dear Tom,
I do like Owls, they are incredibly intelligent (The owl was the symbol of Athene, the Greek goddess of knowledge) - when we lived on the farm - it was most interesting to watch them silently hunting...

Your owl has a rather unusual pose - the bird sits so straight up, as it was wearing a corset! Was it watching something? I am also interested to know, if the background was rock or desert sand. Do you perhaps know, if the whitish groove in the middle of the bird's chest serve a purpose?
I think - it would be a shame to ruin this perfect photo by photoshopping it. I am sure, the barring of the chest as well as the sharp markings on the back serve as camouflage!

I looked at some photos of the Desert Eagle Owl, and the majority have a background of reddish rock/mountains or reddish sand; et voila, that proves my point of camouflage. Furthermore, most owls sleep during the day, somewhere hidden e.g. a cave, hence in the evening the only time to photograph it. Last not least, the scenery around the red sea HAS this reddish hue...

Overall, thanks to your superior, photographic knowledge you have created a perfect image of the Desert Eagle Owl: focus, exposure, depth of field, background everything perfect - not an easy accomplishment after sunset.
Enjoy the rest of your week,
Kind regards

Hello Tom,
a fantastic capture of this Owl taken from an excellent POV in a superb posture, outstanding sharpness and marvellous warm colours, a very pleasing composition with a wonderful BG.
Have a good weekend

Hello Tom,
Excellent capture, very nice composition and POV.
Good detail and color. Well done!

Excellent capture of Desert Eagle Owl in proud pose. timing, sharp focus, POV/OOF and composition great. colors and BG also great. thanks for sharing. I'd like to see more shots from you. welcome everytime.
best wishes

Hi Tom,
A great result given the low s. speed and ISO used.
I agree about retaining the original ambience hue that matches the time of the day when it was taken.
A lot of character of this desert bird.
Thanks a lot for share it,

hello Tom

excellent photo of the Desert Eagle Owl with very fine POV
and the way it is framed on the image, superb focus great
sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,
very beautiful warm colour tones, TFS


Una impresionante imagen Tom. Bien aprovechada la ténue luz reinante. Extraordinaria paleta de colores y una interesante pose de esta gran ave.
La captura del ojo sobresaliente. Gracias por tu ayuda en la ID de mi pequeño mosquitero :-)
Un abrazo desde Catalunya:

Josep Ignasi.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-01 7:32]

Hi Tom,
Interesting shot.
Super composition you, congratulations.
A splendid macro.
Have a good week,

Hello Tom,
Beautiful picture, perfect POV, excellent sharpness, color and contrast.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Hello Vanni

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-15 19:27]

Hello Tom,
This is a wonderful image of a proud looking species. Everything is perfect Tom yielding fantastic results.

Tom, this is such a great shot of the Desert Eagle Owl. Thanks so much for your comment on my 'Only The Strong Survive' photo. That was raw nature at it's best. Have a great day, Bill

If you have time, check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Love the look on this fellow. As for your settings they worked out for your image plus the lighting sets the mood. I wouldn't change it either. Well done Tom. :)

Hi Tom, excellent shot for a straordinary specie.TFS

Excellent capture, very nice composition.
Superb colours and sharpness.
Where did you find in Egypt this Desert Eagle Owl ?

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