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Challenge: Birds II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Animals
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) for Nikon
Location: Washington, DC
Date: Jan 26, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/320s
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 27, 2008

This little owl lives at the National Zoo. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the bird house and watching various ducks outside. So I'm glad this challenge came along!

Wasn't quite sure how to edit it. The light was very flat, so it took some doing to separate the owl from the background, even with a shallow DOF.

Statistics
Place: 16 out of 251
Avg (all users): 6.8122
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.6889
Avg (non-participants): 6.9159
Views since voting: 2605
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 197
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/05/2008 11:08:27 PM
Hey, I've got a shot of that guy too! I remember him as a easy subject - he just perched and stared bug-eyed at me, took several moments to determine he was actually breathing. A beautiful, tidy-looking bird. You did a good job getting contrast out of that indoor lighting.
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02/04/2008 07:53:10 AM
Jeffrey, great finish with this! You really did a great job editing - he just pops - and look at that beautiful catchlight :-) PS - looks like Steve got whomped in the head-to-head :-)
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02/04/2008 06:42:54 AM
Congrats on the top 20 and having this on your front page. Such nice detail through out, especially in the eyes and feathers. Great Shot.
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02/04/2008 02:50:12 AM
Very nice finish - congrats!!
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02/04/2008 12:22:31 AM
Congratulations Jeffrey on top 20, and a new entry on your top row. And most of all, for this beautiful capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2008 11:47:05 PM
Check out those eyes! Beautiful owl, well captured.
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02/02/2008 04:24:18 PM
Lovely and sharp - but perhaps cropped a little too close ?
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02/02/2008 12:22:20 PM
Very nice, cloud have been to the right a tad more leaving room in front of the bird. But all technicals are very good. Thanks, I needed to see a good shot.
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02/01/2008 08:48:05 PM
Being advanced editing I think I might have tried to clone out the band on the right leg. Otherwise this is a great capture.
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02/01/2008 06:09:38 PM
Simply the best!! His eye's are great.. He looks like a little owl or maybe young..
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02/01/2008 04:34:25 PM
Beautiful bird! nice shot
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01/31/2008 05:48:26 AM
I really want to say that that bird is alive, but it's foot looks like it is floating in the air. No one said it had to be a live bird though- right? (OR- it is so perfect, that its hard to comprehend how real it is!!LOL) Nice crisp focus, good background and composition. Excellent!
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01/30/2008 07:08:39 PM
Just beautiful! Has almost a 3D quality to it. Love it!!
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01/30/2008 01:38:09 PM
Love those eyes! I find the crop a touch too tight on the left side. And a little noise visible on his feathers, though it is not an objectionable amount. It stands out mostly because the background is so smooth that I suspect you did some noise reduction there, but did not do it on the bird in order to keep detail.
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01/29/2008 10:56:21 PM
I'm so glad I can't see dinner very cleaerly :-) The owl is nicely captured.
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01/29/2008 07:02:49 PM
Is it a baby owl?! Awwwwwwwwww it's the cutest lil thing!!! The eyes are amazingly sharp well done
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01/29/2008 04:02:35 PM
You chose a very good title! He shows very well - excellent detail, excellent light. Listening to Catherine-the-queen-of-birds paid off well! (Comment only, no vote.)
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01/29/2008 10:25:42 AM
What a cute owl! A very good photo. Did you blur the background or is that natural DOF? Whatever it is, the bird stands out nicely.
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01/28/2008 04:25:44 PM
Great eyes and nice detail. Just a cool looking lil bird.
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01/28/2008 03:55:27 PM
On the wrong side of the frame.
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01/28/2008 11:16:52 AM
Very nice, good job on this one, 8
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01/28/2008 10:35:48 AM
very good focus. like the little reflection in the eye, But I'm not sure about the crop: is it too centered or a tad too much on left... can't say what is it. Anyway: 8 points!
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