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Barn Owl in the Forest

Barn Owl in the Forest
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (CaptiveLight) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 61 N: 232] (969)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon 100 - 400 L USM IS, Digital RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Coasties Favourites, Birds of Arizona, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 10:38
Viewed: 39498
Points: 42
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Barn Owl in the New Forest at our Liberty Raptor shoot today. Many thanks to those that attended despite the weather.

Barn Owl, Tyto alba, one of the most widespread birds in the world, being present on every continent except Antartica. Common through out the world, though becoming rarer in the UK due to lack of habitat.

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To joey: AdvantageCaptiveLight 1 03-15 11:21
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Hello Miles,

Wonderful shot! Absolutely beautiful ;)


Hello Miles,
This is beautiful.
I like these subtle patterns and tones in its plumage.
Well done

Hi Miles,
This is a stunning portrait of this impressive bird, it looks like a studio shot :)! Well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-15 10:46]

Hello Miles,
Outstanding capture of this beautiful Owl. The sharp details are most impressive and the colours very beautiful. I lilke its pose on the mossy trunk and the smooth background too.
Well done!!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-15 11:07]
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Woah! That was quick! I'm still downloading mine!
Very nice portrait of this Barn Owl!
You've exposed it superbly and you've used the dull, soft light to its best.
Razor-sharp with great clarity and detail.
Superb diagonal composition.
Very well done Miles!
Thanks for a great trip :-)


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-03-15 11:24]

Hello Miles,
Beautiful bird and very well done. Clear colours, excellent light and bg.
Regards, Pawel

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-03-15 12:18]

These birds look so sleek and smooth - like a china ornament.
Super portrait, and pretty colours too.
Well capturred Miles

Hi Miles,
this must be one of the best pictures of this beautiful Owl here on TN. Exposure and sharpness are spot on, all details are well seen.
Light and colours are lovely and the DOF is excellent.
And i realy like the composition and the POV.
Very well done.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-03-15 12:39]

Hello Miles,

Superb capture of this owl. Excellent composition. Great sharpness. Very nice exposure and wonderful colours.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-03-15 13:08]

Hello Miles !
Wow, this is an amazing picture of this beautiful barn owl ! I love everything in this picture : excellent sharpness and details, natural colors, wonderful composition and POV, splendid blurred BG, and a great pose of the owl. Very well done !

Hello Miles,
Beautiful portrait with great colours and sharpness. The background and thre trunc are also very good. Great job!

Stupendo ritratto di questo rapace notturno, ottimi POV e DOF, efficace e naturale composizione, eccellenti i dettagli del piumaggio, bellissimi i colori. Grazie complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-03-15 17:53]

Hi Miles
Wonderful capture
Crystal clear image
Lovely light and color
Beautifully presented
Great catchlite in eyes
tfs jon

Hi Miles

Wow... fantastic shot. Love everything here especially the full view of that wonderful face! :-)

Hello Miles. This is one good looking owl. The plumage on the body is very graphical and just stunningly perched on that moldy branch. Well done and regards. Jusni

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-16 3:24]

Hi Miles

Sounds like you had a great time despite the weather. It must be lovely to shoot such a lovely bird in a wonderful setting...I am very jealous :)

Perfectly composed with precise DOF and wonderful sharpness. It is a lovely portrait



Hi Miles,

Beautiful shot
Excellent pose, POV, BG, colors, Sharpness and details
perfect eye contact

TFS Thijs

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-17 4:44]

Hi Miles

A fantastic portrait from you of this wonderful barn owl!
This photo reminds me of the one you used for example on you new (and very good) tutorials from your website :)
It's a terrific shot - one with impeccably clear details and an amazing contrast between the owl and pretty much around it. Of course i really like the natural setting for this shot - with the lovely mossy branch that the subject is resting one - i think it adds a lot to the shot itself.
The fact that you managed such a terrific eye-contact here is really a treat...and i'm sure you were happy with that yourself ;)
The overall result is (again) fantastic and deserves to be entered in contests (it will definitely be commented a lot) :)

Bravo and TFS


Excellent composition, sharpness, DOF, POV, BG, Lighting and detail of the subject. A world class pic.

Hi Miles,
This is simply fantastic, you really show perfect exposure control, the white levels are spot on and show very nice detail, as for the bird of prey it is gorgeous the plumage is very attractive on this barn owl. Well done. :)

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-29 9:07]

Hello Miles, it's the first time I think that I come to your fabulous gallery. This shot is excellent and it's nice to see both your picture of this owl with that of Joey's... yet yours has a different quality with a different eye. It is stunningly beautiful, with great light, bright and subtle at once. I love it. And also, many thanks for the tutorial on Photoshop, I am using it and it is so helpful. Thank you!


Hi Miles,
Amazing photo. Technically perfect picture. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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