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Mesquite, Mistletoe, & Merlin the Magician (Great Horned Owl in the wild)
Mesquite, Mistletoe, & Merlin the Magician (Great Horned Owl in the wild)

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Challenge: December Free Study (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Olympus C-740UZ
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: Dec 26, 2003
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2003

Found this Great Horned Owl in the back of my in-laws property in Tucson, Arizona. Shot in the late afternoon with the camera in Sport Mode and SHQ.

Place: 104 out of 193
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Votes: 201
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12/23/2004 09:52:06 PM
What a great capture of this guy! How close were you? I would have cropped it vertically and blurred the background some to isolate the owl a bit more. I really like the angle of the two large branches, and the way he's looking right at you. I might also experiment with some dodging and burning to see about setting him apart and making the eyes pop a bit more.

All that being said, I really like it just the way it is as well!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2004 07:32:26 PM

shallower DOF - make him pop
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01/10/2004 06:37:21 PM
nice shot. one thing that could improve it even further is a shallower depth of field to bring the owl out from among the branches.
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01/07/2004 08:04:48 AM
cool shot - though a pity you couldn't have isolated the thing a touch more against the background. And a brief note about the title ... it actually makes me doubt the 'in the wild' element of the shot and look for teltale giveaways of this being faked more than I would otherwise.
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01/07/2004 07:30:28 AM
Great Owl, I would have cropped it more vertical though.
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01/06/2004 09:22:35 AM
nice photo....great capture of a bird...I like the yellow eyes!
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01/05/2004 10:23:21 AM
he looks like you just woke him up! nice composition!!
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01/04/2004 08:03:05 AM
Nice capture. The background is very busy and messy. It makes it hard to see the owl. Perhaps a norrower DOF would have blured the BG a little more.
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01/03/2004 02:34:30 PM
Blends in a little too much (this is a desired effect, but it's just slightly too much). If you blended so that the eyes were the main subject, then that would be better. Consider cropping small enough so that the eyes are the subject.
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01/02/2004 12:30:41 PM
Great shot 10
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01/01/2004 02:13:58 PM
Nice capture. I will be interested to see what lense you used for this.
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01/01/2004 11:01:32 AM
The owl has beautiful eyes. The background is very distracting and it is hard to see the subject at points. Since we had the ability I would have manually blurred and toned down the surrounding tree?
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01/01/2004 03:17:20 AM
Too busy for me. The photo is cluttered.
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01/01/2004 01:44:25 AM
Awesome, I only get to see stuff like this at the zoo. Beautiful work.

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