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"In your eyes"

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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: 2006-11-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 5 favs. and up - PART 2, !Song-match!, !"The eyes have it...", 100 points or more (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-06 9:55
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes"

(Peter Gabriel - "In your eyes")

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.

Below, some beliefs about owls, extracted from www.owlpages.com/articles.php?section=Owl+Mythology&title=World .

Afghanistan: the owl gave man flint and iron to make fire - in exchange, man gave the owl his feathers.

Australia: aborigines believe bats represent the souls of men and owls the souls of women. Owls are therefore sacred, because your sister is an owl - and the owl is your sister.

Brittany: an owl seen on the way to the harvest is the sign of a good yield.

Cameroom: too evil to name, the owl is known only as "the bird that makes you afraid".

France: when a pregnant woman hears an owl it is an omen that her child will be a girl.

Germany: if an owl hoots as a child is born, the infant will have an unhappy life. "A charm against the terrible consequences of being bitten by a mad dog was to carry the heart and right foot of an owl under the left armpit." (Encyclopedia of Superstitions)

Ireland: an owl that enters the house must be killed at once, for if it flies away it will take the luck of the house with it.

Israel: in Hebrew lore the owl represents blindness and desolation and is unclean.

Jamaica: to ward off the owl's bad luck, cry "salt and pepper for your mammy".

Japan: among the Ainu people the eagle owl is revered as a messenger of the gods or a divine ancestor. They would drink a toast to the eagle owl before a hunting expedition. The screech owl warns against danger. They would nail wooden images of owls to their houses in times of famine or pestilence.

Mexico: the owl makes the cold North wind (the gentle South wind is made by the butterfly). The little owl was called "messenger of the lord of the land of the dead", and flew between the land of the living and the dead.

Peru: boiled owl is said to be a strong medicine.

Poland: Polish folklore links owls with death. Girls who die unmarried turn into doves; girls who are married when they die turn into owls. An owl cry heard in or near a home usually meant impending death, sickness, or other misfortune. An old story tells how the owl does not come out at during the day because it is too beautiful, and would be mobbed by other, jealous birds.

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Impressionante o olhar dessa coruja. Parece que ela está irada por vc estar tirando a foto. Com relação a composição a foto está perfeita. POV e DOF excelentes.


perfect in my eyes

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-06 10:03]

Me encanta como resalta la silueta del ave sobre ese espectacular fondo querido amigo... la nitidez y el correcto foco han logrado una captura muy clara y precisa, con detalles del plumaje bien marcados y esa mirada tan penetrante muy bien capturada.
Me gusta también el encuadre bien descentrado del ave dentro de la escena con la iluminación apropiada para completar una gran presentación.
Un fuerte abrazo... Ricardo

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-06 10:06]

Hi Livio,
Great expression on the eyes! Great colors, focus and composition. Bravo and TFS

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-01-06 10:15]

Hi Livio,
Such a beautiful image and what an amazing pose from the bird.It has a typical "owl look" in its eyes checking you out.Deep vibrant colours with the good use of DOF to make it stand out so well.The detail and clarity is excellent.Well done and take care.
Regards, David

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2007-01-06 10:18]

hi Livio
fantastic shot !
I like this color and great DOF!
good work!
TFS Libor

Hi Livio,
the eyes is amazing, what a look.
Lovely colours, very good details and DOF, the owl standout well from the BG. What I like most is the low POV.
Very well done, my friend.

Hello Livios.

Excellent picture. very good details and colors.
Great composition.

An impressive capture Livio.
A wonderful pose of this burrowing owl with his large intent eyes.
Excellent detail, colours and composition. It's so great to see this owls in the wild.
TFS Janice

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-06 10:35]

Hello Livio,
This is a fine capture of a species of owl that I know of but have never seen.
You present it very well with good sharpness, BG and comp.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Dear Livio,

Nice take. I like the eye contac and the BG very much.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2007-01-06 10:56]

Hi Livio,

Happy New Year,
Excellent shot and well doen on the composition.


Hi Livio,
The eyes are very sharp. Very nicely composed picture. Details of feather are clearly shown.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-01-06 11:03]

hola Livio, penetrante mirada, preciosa foto y el fondo ha quedado perfecto. Saludos.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-01-06 11:13]

Hi Livio

Great shot, I love the pose the haughty look on the Owls face is superb, nice details and I love the vivid BG colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hello Livio,
Wow! This is very impressive ouch! This eye contact, POV, composition, details and colors are really stunning. This is a GREAT shot. Congratulations! Thanks,

great, I would name it - "dont mess with me", TFS Ori

Hi Livio,
What a beautiful photo. This owl really looks straight at you. Those eyes are just amazing, such vibrant color and so sharp. The OOF BG is perfect, but it looks a tad too bright in colors to me. Maybe masking it would help.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-06 11:41]

Hola Livio.- Bella postal, exelente pose, muy nitida y sobre todo la mirada. Gracias por compartir. Luis52.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-06 11:50]

Hi Livio,
Wonderful shot of this owl. Superb colours and sharpness. Excellent DOF and POV. You have captured a fine pose too which almost says "you dare...". Very nicely composed. Perfectly done. Kudos.

Good picture with unsual colors in background; extraordinary.
Good sharpness and compo...
Thanks for sharing

bonjour livio

superbe photo j'aime beaucoup bravo


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-06 12:41]

Hi Livio,
Wow! What a good image! Colors, sharpness, pose, light,... Wonderful!!
TFS, José M.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-01-06 12:44]

marvelous one old friend.
first of all I wish you a good 2007 for you and your family.
a very good photo job here, great the pov and the eye contact with the owl. good photowork.
gr. jaap

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-06 13:10]

Hello Livio,
Excellent capture of this terrific little Owl.
Very sharp against the bright background. Nicely composed.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Very nice job Livio.
Excellent sharpness, detail, color, DOF, and exposure. Great PP. The split colors of the well OOF BG make the composition very easy on the eye :)
Well done mf.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-06 13:21]

Hello Livios , What a fantastic shot you came realy great capture from this Owl , the details and the colours ar amezing , very nice capture , Good Weekend Teunie ,And the Best Wishes for 2007 .

Hi Livio,
Amazing shot whith super composition,colours and sharpness,fabulos eyes!

Hi Livio - Master of the Owls!
I never saw better shots of owls than from you.
Wow - that one is again so impressive and with excellent sharpness. Thank you so much for sharing them with us
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-06 16:38]

Wow, this is a wonderful shot Livio. The details are so sharp and the colors are amazing. Pose is perfect and so are POV and DOF. Well done & TFS!


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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2007-01-06 17:57]

Waht a nice Owl Livio, great light on the bird witn a perefect sharpness, and waht a great BG. WEll done

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-06 18:03]

Excellente photo Livio!
Bravo pour les couleurs et la beauté de l'oiseau.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-06 22:51]

He's trying to mesmerise you, or hypnotize you, I think Livio!! "Look deep into my eyes!" I love that heavy-browed look...
And the brown Brazillian earth!

Hi Livio

This little fella looks like he has an attitude problem! Love the eye contact. You have isolated this wee guy nicely from the BG. Very nice work MF. Thank you!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-07 3:05]

Happy New Year, Livio.
I just love those big yellow eyes.
The intensity of his stare is amazing.
The owl is shown in very sharp details and well-saturated colors.
Great to see you.
TFS. ; )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-07 4:18]

Hi Livio

What a wonderful post!
The look you've captured here is simply magnificent and that strong contrast between the eyes of this owl and pretty much everything else is awsome.
The details are very clear and sharp, the DOF impeccable - isolating the bird very nicly from that equaly impressive BG (which looks like it's on fire ;) ) and the composition is great!
A truly magical work!
Bravo and TFS

Beautifull shot excellent pose nice colours and technically very nice great bokeh rgds Necip.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-07 10:56]

What a look! Sharp details, great POV and perfect DOF. Nicely done



This is a fantastic shot Livio! I like everything about it. You cant get any better than this. :)

Hi Livio,
A really superb shot on this Burowing Owl. Great quality light and a spot on exposure. This has rendered beautiful colors and sharp detail. Great control on the DOF has a perfct OOF backround. This ia a really great photo!

hola Livio,
Otra espectacular foto de esta especie de lechuza, con una composición preciosa, me gusta mucho el color de la tierra que tienen por alli y el contraste con el verde de las plantas.
Muy buena definición de imagen

Boy those eyes sure look mennacing! Excellent detail and exposure, nice camera work!


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-12 23:54]

Hi Livio,
Quite the dapper little owl here!
Excellent POV and composition! He looks ready for a night out on the town.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-13 16:15]

Hello Livio,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,clear details,sharpness,vivid colors,BG,eye contact and composition a lot.Have agreat weekend!

Bela ave livio, uma foto realmente espetacular aos meus leigos olhos, espero aprender com vcs!!!!

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-15 18:24]

Hola Livio, bonita imagen... y buenos colores... Saludos Sira.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-16 21:18]

Hola Livio:
Impresionante captura! Me gusta la mirada desafiante de esta lechuza, el colorido de su plumaje bien destacado sobre el fondo, y el contraste que hacen ambos con el rojo de la tierra de esos parajes. Muy bien, ademàs, el punto de vista y la composiciòn del cuadro.

Wow! This is quite a nice shot!!! Those eyes! Thanks for sharing!

Bom Dia Livio,

...mas que olhar!!
Conseguiste dormir neste dia? :)
Parabéns pela captura, tua foto está magnifica!!
Adorei as cores, os detalhes, o fundo, os olhos... contrastando com o fundo e plumagem...
Obrigada por compartilhar teu trabalho! Excelente!!

Olá, Ivo!

Que imagem impressionante! Pelo olhar da coruja, pela nitidez, pelas cores, pelo fundo desfocado... Tudo impecável.

Luciana Serra.

Bonjour Livio

Magnifique photo que cete jolie chouette.J'aime beaucoup tous ces détails sur son plumage et son regard qui est impressionnant.Les couleurs sont très belles,belle présentation et beau BG
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-27 20:48]

Hello Livio,

The eyes are amazing. As is the whole composition! Lovely contrasts and colours.
Excellent shot!!!
Best greetings and TFS,

Hello Livio!
Very nice picture with good composition, nice DOF and contrast between the owl and the BG. I also like a pose of this species, and very interesting note!!! :)
Best greetings,

bonjour livios
houlas!!quel regard!
on ne voit que ses yeux,comme hypnotisé.
c'est excellent.

"An owl cry heard in or near a home usually meant impending death,..." is also part of the culture at the West Coast in CANADA... See: I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Your photo with the penetrating eyes reminded me...

Excellent contact, great compo, and good PoV. Obrigado, J.

Que show, hein?
Lembra da A300?
Agora... só fotos perfeitas..
Obrigada pela visita... e me desculpe... não tenho tido mais tempo para freqüentar sites de fotografia...pena, pois sinto falta dos amigos!

Llevo poco tiempo en TK, pero es una de las fotos más bonitas que he visto tanto por el primer plano como por el fondo, que por cierto está muy bien conseguido. El enfoque del ave roza la perfección. Maravillosa.

J. Ignasi

Great shot!! The colours, compositiona nd details are amazing, i love the way the owl loks at the camera.

hi Livio Soares . I love this gesture and eye contact . perfect . but I do not like your edit regards : Ali

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