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The Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-25 7:06
Viewed: 3737
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello friends, here is another one
from my archives : winter 2008

on this photo i had again the temptation
of the close-up, habitually with my
Fujifilm bridge camera i always shot
in RAW mode, the maximum zoom is 300mm
(35mm equiv), but if you pass in JPEG mode
you can click a buton and double the zoom
but doing that you loose on image quality

it is what happened on this photo from
300mm i passed at 600mm digital zoom
and i lost in the image quality

from Hinterland Who's Who website

« One of the heaviest of North American owls,
the Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus stands nearly
half a metre tall, with a wingspan of
almost 1.5 m. As is the case with most
diurnal birds of prey—those that are active
during the day—the female is larger and
heavier than the male. The average weight
of the female is 2.3 kg compared to 1.8 kg
for the male. »



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Hi Asbed.
Perfect photo of this snowy owl. Very good sharpness. Nice colours of the sky. Amazing composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-25 9:41]

Hello Asbed,
Despite what you say about the negative effects of the digital zoom, this is a fine capture of a Snowy Owl. The POV is great and the features are well shown in this relatively close capture in a pleasing composition against a dark blue sky.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2011-01-25 10:07]

Bonjour Asbed !
Cet oiseau est l'un de mes préférés, il est si beau ! Sur cette photo, j'aime bien la manière dont le plumage ressort sur ce fond de ciel bleu. Les détails restent excellents, même si l'image a perdu un peu en qualité. Très jolie composition, aussi. Félicitations !

Despite the degradation in the image quality based on the use of the digital zoom, here I like that image. The contrast is superb and the two dominant colors white and blue compliment each other perfectly well. Bravo Asbed, lovely shot of this gorgeous Snowy Owl!
George Veltchev

Hallo Asbed,
a superb capture of this fantastic nocturnal bird of prey with diurnal habits, splendid contrast against the blue sky, fine details on the plumage, very well done
Best regards

Hi Asbed
Impressive bird and impressive photo. The composition and the colours are excellent.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-25 12:14]

Hi Asbed
fantastic bird, with great yellow eyes hardly visible here but nice blue sky and still good sharpness

Hello Asbed,
Good image for a bridge camera captured with nice colours, great sharpness and excellent composition. Well done!

Ciao Asbed, great capture of fantastic snowy owl, great contrast on blue sky, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-25 14:50]

Oooh! Je revien depuis mes vacances et quelle belle decouverte dans ta galerie! Une espece magnifique et une photo de grande classe,avec la meilleure gestion du blanc et un contrast avec le ciel extraordinaire.Mes compliments et bonne nuit! Luciano

Hi Asbed,
I don't see a dramatic loss of image quality. This is a fine shot with wonderful exposure, the color contrast you achieved with flash and 1/2000 sec. is simply beyond words. Composition's great, too, and generally the visual impact your photo gives to the viewer is more than great. Congrats and tfs MF.
Friendly regards, László

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-26 2:33]

Bonjour Asbed,
Une image très lumineuse d'un oiseau très spécial et qui frappe l'oeil par sa couleur immaculée. Tu sembles avoir encore quelques images intéressantes dans tes archives! J'ai vu ce même oiseau dernièrement dans une volière d'un petit zoo. Il ma fait un clin d'oeil, presque comme celui-ci.
Bonne journée à toi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-26 3:45]

Hello Asbed,
this a wonderful capture and very lovely view. The whit owl is so pretty on the blue background.
Very exciting composition in excellent details.
Well done indeed.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-26 3:54]
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Hello Asbed,
Beautiful photo in beautiful colours and nice sharpness. The contrast between bird and sky is splendid. Excellent composition.

Hallo Asbed
What a marvelous capture. You've done a magnificent job. I absolutely love the background, quite frankly it makes the shot, as it brings out the white in the plumage to the best. The details on the feathers is beautifully seen. You can show us more like this one from your archives. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

It's been a while since I have seen one of these. Perhaps last was Rob Fryers. Today is his birthday so I dedicate this crit to him, in what may be the first dedication of a crit.:-)

Fine image fir a man who awaits opportunities such as thus. Reminds me of Kathy Meader...she awaits special moments and sometimes saves them for special occasions...nice photo of what is becoming a common bird yet one which I have never seen in real life.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-26 8:13]

Hi Asbed.
Simply splendid Owl and so amazing picture. Outstanding reproduction of bird colouration and blue sky. Sharpness of the image is spot on. Bravo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-05 4:24]

Hello Asbed,
This is a superb view of a beautiful Snowy Owl, a species I've only seen once at a distance. Great details and it looks gorgeous against the blue sky. Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

wonderful image, very good composition, your POV, is a fine capture Asbed!
TFS Nasos

Bonjour Asbed,

Les branches aident au cadrage de l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du Harfang des neiges. L'image est claire et nette. La qualité de la lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


No habia visto aún esta belleza Asbed... sin duda un gran trabajo
y un gran trofeo para el fotógrafo. Yo nunca he conseguido aún
captar una de estas grandes aves: enhorabuena !
Saludos desde España y buena semana:
Josep Ignasi.

Hello Asbed.
This is an excellent shot exposing the owl in fine details. Lovely sky with decorative twigs in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards.

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