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Juvenile look

Juvenile look
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Copyright: Livio Soares de Medeiros (livios) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Brazil, Owls all over the world, Nature in Patos de Minas 2, Baby Animals 3, Birds in Brazil 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-24 21:54
Viewed: 5244
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
According to my note on my previous post, here's one of the four juvenile owls I shot.

I could take several shots of it. Its siblings flew away when I tried to get closer, but this one decided to face me.

I could have tried a lower point of view, but I was afraid the kid would then go away.

It's a "coruja-do-campo" (Speotyto cunicularia). In English, burrowing owl. They usually build their nests by digging holes. They can be found almost all over Brazil, feed on insects and have nocturnal and diurnal habits.

Post-process on Photoshop CS2
ISO 400
Manual mode

hummingbird24, scottevers7, sAner, TAZ, Comandante, dew77, wallhalla15, fiyo, pompey, ddg, liquidsunshine, nofer, marhowie has marked this note useful
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To nofer: ISO 400livios 1 10-26 10:05
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Awesome close up of the cool looking owl Livio! Very nice POV. Paul :)

Hi Livio,
Fantastic detail here. I love those eyes! A great portrait shot on this young owl. He did let you get close to get this frame filling shot. Nice work!

How wonderful Livio!!!

Wide-eyed amazement in those brand new eyes, isn't it exciting?!

I love this one, and think you should be pleased with your perfect photo!

Congratulations, and perhaps he will remember and allow this to happen again...

Thank you.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-24 23:09]

Hi Livio,
Incredible detailed in eyes!
Excellent sharpness and clarity,
great composed and POV.

Hi Livio,
Where do you find all your beautiful owls?
These eyes are amazing wiht beautiful colours.
I like the pose and POV.
Very well done.

Wonderful capture, Livio. I can't stop staring at it.

Nice detail, if I could make a couple of suggestions, first increase highlights by 25%, detail will buff up. Second consider cloning the white spots above the eye brows. Nice work, beautiful capture.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-25 2:54]

How can one resist those huge yellow eyes, Livio. I have totally fallen in love with your owlets. : )
Super sharp details and great POV.
Well done and TFS. : )

Hello Livio!
Wonderful portrait.Colors,Dof,details,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-25 3:29]

Hahahaha ! It is funny how he looks at me this little guy ;-) I like him. Great portrait !!! Congratulations Livio and thanks for sharing.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-25 4:38]

Hello Livio!
Very nice close up.Sharpness,POV,details,eye contact and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-25 5:08]

Hi Livio,

I think the POV is just about right, there's no need to go lower. Details are sharp and those eyes are unbelievable! The white parts on top of the head are a little bit bright, but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!


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  • Matt Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 15] (47)
  • [2005-10-25 5:32]

I saw the thumbnail and had to look at this photo - the eyes are fantastic! Really nice detail on the head - a great portrait!

Congrats Livio, a wonderful portrait. Pose is excellent, very good sharpness, details and colours. POV and composition is great. Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-25 7:44]

Wow, Livio ;-) This is real killer shot. These eyes are incredible! I love it!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-25 9:23]

Hello Livio,
Excellent portrait !
Lovely composition and POV, details are sharp.
I like it ! Very well done& TFS

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-10-25 11:39]

Hi Livio, wonderful portrait, and of course the big yellow beady eyes make it.
Great stuff as usual.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-25 12:31]

Livio bravo pour cet excellent portrait de jeune chouette qui semble toute inquiéte !! Son plumage presente un aspect cotonneux particulier. Trés bon travail. Mes félicitations Didier.

Great close up capture Livio,
The little owl looks like a great model, I love the eyes.
Great direct POV, good detail, sharpness and colours.
A really good shot my friend, thanks for posting, have a good week.

Hi Livio,
I have the feeling, I don't have to look longer in this wonderful eyes, they are hypnotising me!!! What a wonderful shot, everything is excellent, thanks and bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Livio !
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment, but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//I love these chaps and this is just another good reason. Superb eyes and superb shot//

PS. Don't get me wrong, but you don't have to write a critique to my photos only because I writed it to one of yours :)

Hi Livio,

This is a cute one !!!
Good light, sharp picture, the owl eyes just makes a great contrast on the set.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-10-25 21:50]
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Falar não fala.... mas presta uma atenção!!!!
Xereta né? Vira esse "zoião"... He...He...
Linda coruja, muito boa nitidez...
Você usa quase sempre iso 400 - a 20D tem se mostrado muito boa (em tudo!).
Excelente foto!

Excellent capture Livio. Please forgive me, it's late. Thank You my friend.

great, so cute, looks also old, TFS Ori

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