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Eye-contact with the Great Gray Owl

Eye-contact with the Great Gray Owl
Photo Information
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: 2013-02-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5100, Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-11 15:40
Viewed: 1877
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, the photo in the thumbnail
it is much better than this one here bigger !

Here I have lost on the image quality because
I have done a heavy cropping up to 80%,
the reason of that cropping was that in the
left side of the image, just outside, there is
a big tree completely out of focus and because
that he was disturbing the view of this
lovely flight pose of the Great Gray Owl.

So I was forced to do a heavy cropping
and the heavy cropping did that I think
I lost a little bit on the image quality
because the bird was already at a distance,
if the bird would be closer to me, even with
a heavy cropping like yesterday's posting
I would not loose on the image quality.

1/2500s f/8.0 ISO1000
50mm (35mm eq:75mm)
with up to 80% of cropping

take a look to this link of National Geographic



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Hi Asbed
This day was a fun day for you. Another great capture. I really like this one for the pose and POV. Super light, super detail and super colour. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

這張照的很出色 光線柔和使鳥更美麗
也照的很清楚 角度也特別

Hello Asbed

Normally you tend to have your flying birds wrapped up in lots of surroundings. This ones different, almost a closeup of this owl in flight with some fantastic frontal light and super diagonal wing spread.


Hi Asbed,
excellent eye contatct. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice natural colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-02-11 21:45]

Hello Asbed,
Despite the heavy cropping, you have retained most of the details with good clarity.
I like the POV and wing position, the eye contact and the natural colours against a blue sky. I would be pleased with such a shot.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Asbed, great capture of fantastic in-flight owl, perfect focus, fine details, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-02-12 0:52]

Bonjour Asbed,
Great shot of this beautiful Great Gray Owl ..
Nicely composed to the corner in good lighting and fine sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Asbed,
Excellent close-up capture with great sharp details of in flight Owl,lovely play of light and a beautiful composition.
TFS and my regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-12 1:36]

Hello Asbed,
Impressive eye contact in this photo. Despite the cropping, fine sharpness and details. Beautiful light, colours and composition.

Hello Asbed,
You have taken an outstanding picture of this 'Great Gray Owl'.Even you were able to make eye contact.(Asbed I think this grey owl were angry on you.Have you taken his permission?!!!!)
Nice capture with well timing and light.Excellent...
Kind regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-02-12 5:02]

superb image of this great owl in flight with eye contact. well done. tfs.

The subject seems to be charging at you from this perspective, Asbed.
You have pulled it off very well with both eyes of the Owl in correct focus.
Well done and TFS!

Hello Asbed
A fantastic shot!!!
Impressive timing,excellent camera settings.Sharp and clear.Congrats!
Thank You.
Best regards

Ciao Asbed.
Un’altra magnifica foto di questo Gufo in volo,perfetta in tutti i parametri bravo.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-12 14:08]

Waaw Asbed,everyday better! Fantastic capture,what a pose,what a beautiful in-flight face to face,the details,the colors and the light are really magnificent!!!!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Fantastic flying pose and impressive photo Asbed! Interesting composition and wonderful lighting too!

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