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    Tawny Owl

    My first post, a Tawny Owl taken at a Falconry display earlier in the week. Any comments welcome.




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    Re: Tawny Owl

    Well executed shot.

    The DOF keeps the background under control although I wish the tree was not there.

    Like you got the catchlight in the eye.

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    Re: Tawny Owl

    Yes it's a nice shot of the owl - well exposed and sharp but you need to keep a watch on the background. It is unfortunate about the light coloured tree or whatever running down behind the bird. If it was darker like the rest of the background it would stand out so much better. It is unfortunate that the bird is perched on such a neatly sawn off log and not something more natural looking but the image of the bird is fine.
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    Re: Tawny Owl

    Thx both for the feedback, I'm interested in opinions on the background as people have such different ideas on whats distracting and what isn't. I think i would have prefered the tree out of shot tbh. The display was held in what the handlers call the woodland area so there are lots of trees. The other problem is, i have to hope the handler will perch the bird somewhere natural looking. I do agree tho with both your comments a better perch and no tree would have been better.

    I'm booked in for a photographic day there in June, hopefully the perches will be more natural.

    Thanks to you both for comments, much appreciated.

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    Re: Tawny Owl

    The important thing is you have caught a great pose there and technically, if not compositionally, it's spot on.
    What a lovely bird - there's something very photogenic about owls.
    With a lot of displays, the perches are far worse (those AstroTurf things) and there ar often people, or cages, as a backdrop. You have a nice shot here.
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    Re: Tawny Owl

    The tree trunk behind is not ideal, nor does it flaw the picture to any great extent, it is enough out of focus not to do so. The main subject is nicely exposed and focused, the perch is not really a great concern, after all forests are managed, it looks natural enough as a spot where a bird might settle. It is not obvious that the shot has been taken at a display. which is to it's advantage.

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    Re: Tawny Owl

    A nice shot. The background tree is a little distracting, but not too bad. I suppose you could have a try at selectively darkening the background..

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    Re: Tawny Owl

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone, its much appreciated. It seems the general opinion is the tree is not ideal but doesnt ruin the shot tho. Thats cool, thanks again.

    Jack.

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    Re: Tawny Owl

    Nice sharp shot, with nice catchlights too. Background not perfect, but still a nice shot.
    Please have a look and tell me what you think....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46180527@N03/sets/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/46180527@N03/sets/

    Ta!

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