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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Canon
Location: Anglesey, Wales
Date: Sep 10, 2004
Aperture: f8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2004

Lens: Sigma 100-300 f4 EX + 2x Extender
Focal Length: 600mm
Manual focus.
Completely uncropped! ... Damn I love having so much zoom at my fingertips : )

Shot in very bad light on a typically wet British summer afternoon.

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.0655
Avg (commenters): 7.8167
Avg (participants): 6.3793
Avg (non-participants): 7.1829
Views since voting: 2407
Views during voting: 783
Votes: 397
Comments: 63
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/08/2004 07:23:38 AM
congratulations Paul, should have placed much higher IMO; great shot despite the lighting! One of my favorites.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:21:07 PM
Nice crop. Good detail. Just slightly over-sharpened in parts.
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10/07/2004 04:57:00 PM
Amazing detail. Is this a friend of yours?
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10/07/2004 12:34:06 PM
Cute little fella. Was he wet though? Still the eyes are amazing. 8.
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10/07/2004 11:22:07 AM
holy smokes, that is a close up shot! incredible detail without appearing oversharpened. love the composition. good luck with the challenge!
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10/07/2004 10:55:15 AM
Gorgeous bird shot. By filling the frame with this remarkable creature, you've really pushed this shot over the top. Only thing missing is a catchlight in the eyes, but that doesn't keep this from being a professional-quality, beautiful image! 9
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10/07/2004 10:22:46 AM
Incredibly sharp and great framing.
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10/07/2004 07:32:19 AM
Good cropping and I like the border. I can't see any flaws in this shot. Simply very good. -8
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10/07/2004 01:07:30 AM
I wonder if wet owl smells like wet dog. Anyway, great close up shot but I see noise and color seems a bit towards blue. 6
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10/06/2004 02:20:52 PM
I believe the cropping is too tight. But the eyes, the feathers are great. I can see some bluriness on the right side - could be edited.
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10/05/2004 11:40:43 PM
Boy, you certainly got in this little fellows face, or used a 600mm lens. Detail and sharpness are exceptional. Contrast is also very good, but I think the DOF is just a bit too narrow and would have liked to have seen it even all around. Did you have to clone out cage? Excellent work. 9
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10/05/2004 09:43:37 PM
I love this shot wouldn't change a thing 10
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10/05/2004 08:41:21 PM
technically sharp and well composed; the eyes are the wow factor that earns this a 10 IMO. Congratulations.
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10/05/2004 03:56:33 PM
It's a little bit grainy and looks almost as taken through glass, But a real good closeup and great shot.
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10/05/2004 01:07:15 PM
Awesome close-up!
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10/05/2004 11:20:57 AM
Great texture and stunning eyes. Exposure perfect. Border over powering.
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10/05/2004 12:10:38 AM
I like the agressive crop.
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10/04/2004 11:03:37 PM
Those eyes! Excellent
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10/04/2004 08:14:34 PM
Great photo. The detail on this guy's face is sharp and well-defined. A slightly deeper DOF would have kept the side of his face in better focus. Tough shot to get!
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10/04/2004 06:02:24 PM
Great capture of those intense eyes. I might have cropped out the space on the left but this is a great image!
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10/04/2004 04:52:15 PM
I think this is lacking some contrast. But still a nice close up.
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10/04/2004 01:06:21 PM
Amazing! You almost want to jump back when you see this. It's so real it feels like it is going to jump out and touch you! I love owls too. They are kind of mysterious, and hard to ever see close up -- at least where I live they are. It's perfect. 10!
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10/04/2004 10:53:17 AM
Very clear shot here, well done! The eyes are the most important part and you've done a great job in capturing them! I would have liked to have seen all of it's feathers in focus. 9
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10/04/2004 02:38:31 AM
Beautiful
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10/04/2004 02:02:56 AM
colours little wash out
it's a pitty that the whole pic is not crisp
9
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10/03/2004 11:11:12 PM
Awwwww, he's all wet! Did he just get a bath or was it raining? I love the expression in his eyes, looks just a touch sad. The crop seems just a touch tight but otherwise a wonderfully perfect shot. A 10
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10/03/2004 08:34:29 PM
Great closeup, what intense eyes. The touch of background works well.
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10/03/2004 04:56:02 PM
Oy vey, what wonderful details!! I love the colors and the texture! Great shot, though I wish the left was more in focus... either way, it's a great capture. Thanks!
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10/03/2004 01:25:33 PM
This is charming with a deftly gaze and acutr detail to satisfy searching eyes. the post processing is true to the study and as such my congratulations on a very good execution. Bumping up.
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10/03/2004 01:07:07 PM
He looks very wet and kinda mad - 6
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10/03/2004 01:02:10 PM
Those eyes, very strong and firm. Great close-up.
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10/03/2004 10:43:47 AM
IMO the DOF should have been deeper on this shot, with a bit more in focus. They are great eyes but the texture of the feathers are needed to set this shot off. 6
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10/03/2004 10:35:25 AM
Owls have to be the kewlest looking animal. I love there eyes. Awesome shot!
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10/03/2004 08:14:36 AM
Something about the eyes is just a bit off. I wish I could tell you what it is, but, they don't "punch" the way I would expect them to.
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10/03/2004 07:08:19 AM
Whilst I think you have done a good job of snapping an interesting animal I don't think this has much going for it apart from that. As a record of an animal it works well, but for an artistic photograph it is lacking.

The bird isn't looking at the camera and the DOF is too shallow which throws his left eye out of focus. I am fine with the grain - i am sure a lot of people will not like that (preferring Neat image no doubt) but I presume you had to shoot some pretty high ISO in these conditions.


Overall a very good shot - just nothing fantastic.
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10/03/2004 06:44:37 AM
Wonderful shot... I really wish both eyes were in focus though. My eye doesn't want to settle on one eye only. Great clarity and detail, the feathers add loads of character. Good crop. 7
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10/03/2004 03:50:01 AM
Excellent closeup. I like the eyes.
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10/02/2004 07:48:07 PM
Great focus on the eyes.
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10/02/2004 03:50:17 PM
great closeup. terrific eyes and feather details. seems a little oversharpened.
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10/02/2004 03:08:10 PM
Wow! That's a great closeup. Looks a tad blurry on the left. I'm not sure I like the DoF, but a 9.
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10/02/2004 02:29:14 PM
Awesome eyes. I might have tried a lighter color border on this darker subject. Well done.
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10/02/2004 08:18:45 AM
Very clear, very nice. The eyes are THE center of attention here.
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10/02/2004 01:56:46 AM
It doesn't speak to me like some of the others, but I can find absolutely nothing wrong with it. 9.
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10/01/2004 11:05:18 PM
Well done close up. I am interested to know why the feathers seem wet. It adds interest and intrique to the picture.
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10/01/2004 08:40:23 PM
Very nice. I love animal photos, and this one captures the best part of an owl, his face. I gave a (10)
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10/01/2004 06:50:37 PM
Nice crop. Looks a tad "grainy" to me. IMHO, this shot would really benefit from being smooth and sharp.
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10/01/2004 06:11:05 PM
Beautiful and crisp, love it.
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10/01/2004 05:00:56 PM
Another marvelous bird photo! The detail on this is outstanding. I have trouble capturing birds eyes, but it is clear that you don't. I love the detail in the feathers and eyes, I wish I could see more of the right eye though. 7
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10/01/2004 03:57:46 PM
nice close-up....great detail in the eyes
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10/01/2004 03:33:20 PM
Very nice, although I wonder if you had cropped out the left eye and that side of the face if having everything in focus might have worked even better. Color is excellent.
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10/01/2004 03:04:39 PM
You must have some impressive glass to get this owl full frame. Great image!
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10/01/2004 02:59:25 PM
captivating focus on the eyes
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10/01/2004 02:07:05 PM
I like the decision to crop in close on three sides but include a small sliver of background on left. Nice detail in feathers. Would love to see a catchlight in eyes. 7 (//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=129433)
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10/01/2004 11:50:23 AM
Those eyes! I love this shot but wonder if it has been enlarged and cropped too much. I'm see a bit of soft focus but not enough to detract.
A lovely shot. - 8
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10/01/2004 07:57:33 AM
wonderful & wise, well done 10
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10/01/2004 07:39:55 AM
This would have been a great wildlife challenge shot. This has the great quality of a seamless look of film, with lovely brown and white tones.The yellow eye is especially clear. I don't think this is a winner, especially in the master's challenge, although it is quite good an demonstrates your talent for freezing a natural predator, and displaying a nice animal portrait. If you care to hear it, what would put this over the top would be a slightly better crop adn the conveyance of some human quality through the portrait of this bird;. Right now it is cold and reptilian,and predictably predatorial.
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10/01/2004 06:40:57 AM
Those are great eyes, but really could do with a catch light to give them some emotion. As you probably couldn't control natural ones, it is fine to add small ones in post processing. I think you should also burn around the edges to get some proper blacks into the feathers rather than greys. 6
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10/01/2004 04:02:00 AM
one of the best in the contest - well done 10
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10/01/2004 02:28:00 AM
Holds my gaze and almost impossible to turn away from. Exceptional detail.
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10/01/2004 02:24:23 AM
Is he wet from sitting in the rain? Great close-up with wonderful color.
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10/01/2004 01:57:52 AM
Very nice photo, The eyes are so piercing. Good luck.
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10/01/2004 01:19:27 AM
Owls are some of the most amazing birds. This shot has so much personality, I love it.
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10/01/2004 12:24:36 AM
the DOF is slightly too shallow to keep the other eye in focus, which makes this feel oddly weighted to me. A great capture on the texture of the wet feathers, and a good overall composition.
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