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The Forest Has Eyes!

The Forest Has Eyes!
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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-14
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-14 12:26
Viewed: 3101
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Forest has Eyes!

Great camouflage demonstration of this great horned owl's cryptic coloration that the plumage displays. The head was turned in torward the tree and it pretty much looked like it was blending into the texture of the tree, making it almost impossible to spot. The owl eventually turned it's head with the yellow of the eyes betraying it's hidden presence.

Model: NIKON D7000
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Windows
Exposure Time: 1/200
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Focal Length: 600 mm
Date Taken: 2012-02-13 15:28
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode

Hand held pushing ISO 800 Seemed a bit of a challenge but worked out in the end. I like the results. This is a new way of approaching photography for me by including more environment at the same time showing an animal's ability of blending into it's environment.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-14 12:39]

Hello Paul
Spectacular photo! Owl and tree are both amazing. How did you find this owl? So good camouflaged! I like the colours very much. Perfect composition and title.

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  • thijs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 1 N: 104] (529)
  • [2012-02-14 13:14]

Hi Paul,

Well seen! I had to look for it. Both the owl as the trees are really beautifull.


Wow...just amazing how he is perfectly cloaked...his eyes match the moss on the tree bark...great vision my friend!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-14 14:10]

WOW!WOW!WOW! it is really amazing!Great shot dear Paul! itīs impressive how this beautiful owl is camouflaged!The default of color is simply equal!!!AMAZING!Thanks for sharing and many congrats for so wonderful pic.
Reagrds from,

Hallo Paul,
a fantastic capture of the Great Horned Owl, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, excellent point of view showing perfectly the cryptic mimicry, very well done
Best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-02-14 19:18]

Hello Paul,
Your photo shows an excellent examply of perfectly camouflaged plumage. This particular Owl would be almost impossible to see if it wasn't looking directly at the viewer.
Wonderful detail and beautiful natural coloration. Exposure is right on the money and vertical presentation works great in this instance. Well done!!

At first I just thought you had a nice tree shot. That would have got my vote. It's additionaly nice to see the Great Horned Owl. I really like the moss in the tree. The owl's eyes almost match it. A very Kool shot! TFS Trevor

Beautiful scene and impressive photo Paul! The composition, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent!

Hei Dude,
great shot. Until the very end you don't know what you mean by eyes - and suddenly you see the owl!
Thanks and regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-02-15 1:11]

Helo Paul,
Very well done! I really like the camouflage effect and the natural environment. Great focus, beautiful colours and well framed too.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Paul,
Amazing capture.Wonderful colors and sharp details.Really beautiful.
Thank You
Best regards

hello Paul
Super sharpness composition with the beautiful trees
now you can see also the forest very good
Some go,s only for the bird ,but this compo is very good i like this picture
thanks greeting lou

Hallo Paul
The natural colours and excellent detail seen in this image is worth all the praises this image is about to receive. Your camerawork and overall presentation is great, and I gladly add a smiley to this image. The colours is brilliant and very eye-catching, and off course the camouflage is beyond compare. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-15 10:13]

Excellent picture. Great camouflage. Congratulation.

unbelivable camouflage, TFS Ori

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2012-09-04 19:29]

Hello Paul, Well this is quite a splendid new approach to a photograph, by way of including more habitat rather than a close up of the owl. Pushing the ISO was a gamble but ended up really rendering a sharp and detailed photo with strong light quality.
Your photo gallery is amazing . Very inspiring for someone like me.

a fantastic picture of animal camouflage.
how you spot it? amazing!
superb picture quality, nice ambiance also.
best wishes,

Dear Paul,
A very good example of camouflage for my theme "Camouflage" it is amazing you were able to focus on the owl and choose the right exposure, as the animal virtually disappears/ blends into the tree.

Thanks for sharing,
Warm Regards from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa,

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