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Challenge: Free Study VIII (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: March Valley road Kanata
Date: Mar 27, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 27, 2005

Great Grey Owl taken in the woods in early morning when they are more active. I don`t think this will score that well considering this is a free study but most people have know idea of how hard it is to obtain a shot like this!!First you have to locate an Owl and this is a hundred times more difficult than a static shot. Cropped,saturated yellow eyes,sharpened,dodged,auto contrast and lighting,curves,resized!I did not want to fix the eye pupil as I want this natural as can be!

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 507
Avg (all users): 6.9918
Avg (commenters): 8.0294
Avg (participants): 6.9583
Avg (non-participants): 7.1132
Views since voting: 7736
Views during voting: 411
Votes: 245
Comments: 60
Favorites: 15 (view)


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12/17/2007 04:41:21 AM
Incredible - and perfectly placed in the frame, too!
04/30/2006 02:06:46 PM
Perfect capture!
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04/30/2006 01:28:59 PM
I have a couple of shots of Great Horns but you were able to really put this one on the upper tier of perfection. Congratulations...excellent job!
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03/14/2006 08:06:25 PM
That is such a gorgeous shot. The wing detail in flight is perfect.
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05/03/2005 09:51:09 PM
Wow, wicked shot! I love it. He looks so determand to get to his destination.
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04/28/2005 11:24:03 PM
I am still amazed by this shot. Thank you. I enjoy looking at it.
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04/27/2005 07:40:52 PM
Congratulations on a top ten with this amazing capture!
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04/27/2005 02:41:08 PM
Beautiful shot, Neil! Congratulations on your 10th place!!!!!
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04/26/2005 07:22:14 PM
Great photo,your best so far :-)
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04/26/2005 06:43:34 PM
Thanks for all the great comments! I am really honoured to receive a tenth place finish!It only took me 103 challenges to bump that dam egg in my profile over to the right,lol.
Neil

Message edited by author 2005-04-26 18:51:48.
04/26/2005 12:40:40 PM
This has to be one of the BEST pics I have seen in a LONG TIME.... Great work...
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04/26/2005 12:10:54 PM
What a capture. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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04/26/2005 12:02:59 PM
Great shot, not many photos can bring out nature like a bird in flight, well done.
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04/26/2005 12:02:03 PM
what an awesome shot ... one of the coolest birds ever
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04/26/2005 10:42:52 AM
Great shot, I do know what it takes to get a shotl like this, and while the winning 'zoo' shots are good shots in the wild sure take a hell of a lot more to get. Esp. in flight too! Lovely work.
Lynn
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04/26/2005 07:34:50 AM
Awsome shot Neil!!! I thought this would be you! ;-)
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04/26/2005 05:06:54 AM
Fabulous picture, I knew it would do well!

Mex
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04/26/2005 02:43:53 AM
What an amazing shot, congrats on top 10, should have been higher!
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04/26/2005 12:25:28 AM
Congrats on making the top 10.
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04/26/2005 12:15:30 AM
Congratulations Neil! This is an unbelievable wildlife capture. I am glad to see it did well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2005 08:40:40 PM
This is just a great photo, it's a very sharp photo with good focus on the face and nice motion on the wings. Hope you didn't spend all day waiting for this one but it's was worth it. Good Luck.
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04/25/2005 07:30:46 PM
I absolutley love owls, but have never gotten close enough to get any shot would compare to this. Great capture! I also like the others (that I assume were yours) posted in the past.
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04/25/2005 07:16:30 PM
as always, excellent capture. no, make that incredible. beautiful work. thanks for sharing. hope this does well for you. good luck!
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04/25/2005 05:21:05 PM
One of my favourite birds, and I've rarely seen one. This image is a real treat, bound to do well.
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04/25/2005 01:33:14 PM
Wow. Amazing catch.
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04/25/2005 08:43:19 AM
Beautiful bird, very well caught. Looks like you're out in the open too, so kudos for not taking the easy route by visiting a zoo, etc. You've focused it well and just a faster shutter would have improved this.
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04/24/2005 09:48:59 PM
Wow, you caught him in mid air! I'm impressed. The lighting is very nice. You're fortunate to have caught the little dude up in the daylight. Like the shallow depth of field.
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04/24/2005 09:13:05 PM
Wonderful shot! Love the motion and expression..dof is good, and I like the two plants in foreground for depth.
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04/24/2005 02:07:15 PM
Great in-flight photo. I bet this was one of many!
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04/24/2005 01:34:12 PM
What a wonderful owl picture. Perfectly done. 10
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04/24/2005 01:33:43 PM
Really cool.
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04/24/2005 09:07:01 AM
Nice shot good DOF and cropping
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04/24/2005 01:49:13 AM
simply amazing. I have never seen a pic this good of an owl in flight.
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04/23/2005 01:27:58 PM
Fantastic capture.
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04/23/2005 12:13:55 AM
How on earth did you get this shot??? wow
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04/22/2005 11:45:37 PM
Wow, I've not seen photos of an owl flying like this before. Shame the background is so cluttered and with similar colours to your subject.
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04/22/2005 09:16:35 PM
Wow. Should be a top 10 photo.
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04/22/2005 03:26:32 PM
Another awesome avian picture...this is a terriffic picture, very nicely done.
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04/22/2005 03:15:18 AM
I love this shot, but some of the things in the background are a little distracting - not like you could do anything about it. ;-) Fantastic job, though. Will probably be in top 20 at least.
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04/21/2005 09:21:30 PM
Awesome!
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04/21/2005 08:17:05 AM
Beautiful! I'd kill for a shot like this in my portfolio.
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04/21/2005 07:52:06 AM
Wonderful capture - they're so bizarre when they're flying :-)
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04/20/2005 11:28:53 PM
Outstanding capture!!! Great focus for a bird in flight. 10
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04/20/2005 02:57:20 PM
I only wish I could get a picture like this one. Image so sharp with a blurred background, and in flight...what more could one ask? Mary~
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04/19/2005 09:28:31 PM
Could be any luckier? WOW Wonderful shot. 8
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04/19/2005 08:50:08 PM
Nice job of focusing on a difficult and fast moving subject!
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04/19/2005 07:53:55 PM
This is the most interesting shot of an owl I have seen!
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04/19/2005 06:22:25 PM
Great shot!
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04/19/2005 05:58:28 PM
What a great picture! Was this a wild or captive bird?
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04/19/2005 04:37:29 PM
Wonderful G. G. Owl
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04/19/2005 11:38:27 AM
Wow!!! Great capture!!!
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04/19/2005 09:30:27 AM
Oh my! wonderful. I love the sharp focus on his eye, the motion blur of his wings and the out of focus background. What a capture! Fast shutter, no panning?
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04/19/2005 04:05:58 AM
Undoubtably beautiful. Almost totally perfect. I'm going to assume you wanted it slightly left of center, either way, a one in a million. 10
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04/19/2005 01:37:28 AM
now theres a rare capture... how lucky you are.. just a bit more shutter speed though top freeze those wings with no blur
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04/19/2005 01:07:51 AM
Beautiful Owl. Great capture of the feather detail. Like the colors. Excellent bokeh.
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04/19/2005 01:01:01 AM
What a capture!
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04/19/2005 12:45:49 AM
Nice capture of motion and light - 9
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04/19/2005 12:44:09 AM
An absolutely stunning photo of a grey owl. Very clear, great DOF and you have managed to capture the intensity in the owl's eyes. Very nice indeed, a very worthy 10.
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04/19/2005 12:37:38 AM
Unbelievable capture. 10
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04/19/2005 12:05:54 AM
Great shot.
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