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Entry 7 of 27
   
 
Saw Whet Owl       ©2021 davev
SONY ILCE-7RM4       7th place, 96 points
1/250s, f11, ISO 3200, 600mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Black and white conversion, light/white vignetting, some dodge and burn going on also.       Extra Info: None
 
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davev
10 days ago
    Thank you.
Being this is the first Saw Whet I've ever seen, I was pretty set at showing it off.
As I've said before, at 62, I don't have many 'firsts' now days. So this was kind of exciting for me.
I do have the color version in the out take thread. (along with a couple of other shots)

By Jade O's comment, I can see I'm going to have to take a photo of a human or landscape one of these days to throw you folks off. :D

Thanks again folks.
Edited on Feb 16, 2021

Mepo
10 days ago
    I loved this shot because it was so natural, without added contrast or starkness. I reasoned that since owls are colour blind this may be a lot closer to reality that we would expect.

Lo
10 days ago
    I too had you at 1st. It's a wonderful shot. The light in the owl's eye really brings the photo to life.

Maike13
10 days ago
    Loved this shot. My #1 also and for the same reason jomari expressed so well.

jomari
10 days ago
    This was my #1. I like the way the bird blends into his environment - it's what they need to do, after all.

Jade O.
10 days ago
    I knew this was yours. It really is a wonderful capture. The whole point is that the bird blends in but it might still work if you darkened the blacks a bit. Congrats on a top 10 finish in a large field (no pun intended).

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kerszkavet
11 days ago
    Beautiful bird, and wonderfully sharp on the feathers.
the B&W processing really adds to the 'hidden' feeling.
Edited on Feb 15, 2021

johncomyn
11 days ago
    Great find and framing, just wanting some more contrast. This might be better in colour.

davev
11 days ago
    Thank you all for the kind comments.
I was having doubts about entering this shot, I wasn't sure if it had enough pop to it, but I tossed it in anyways. Gotta try something a little different now and then.
Thanks again.

Lo
11 days ago
    This is absolutely wonderful. The monochrome treatment makes it nearly impossible to see this little guy until you really look closely. Then that beautiful detail kicks in.

Mepo
12 days ago
    This works so well. I love everything about it.

Thivi
12 days ago
    Cute owl ! he could stand out more but it's beautiful like that

Maike13
12 days ago
    What a great shot. Love it.

Old Finn
12 days ago
    Well composed. Maybe a bit more contrast would be better.

forkcandles
12 days ago
    really great capture .

jomari
12 days ago
    This is so lovely. I love the soft, high key tones and that beautiful eye. Top shot, I think.

aoc46
12 days ago
    Nice capture, especially the face. Consider a square crop to cut out the areas of light brush at either side; they make the whole scene seem too pale. Also some light sharpening on the body to bring out the feathers.

Jade O.
13 days ago
    The eye is terrific and the whole image works out from there to support it. I can't imagine this was an easy shot to get and I wouldn't mind seeing it in colour so I can see whether the owl stands out or blends in. This does give some idea how those creatures without colour vision view the world and how hard it must be to pick up animals in their habitat.

SteveBee
13 days ago
    This is great seeing and capturing of the owl. What I think could make the final image much stronger would be darkening the foliage around the owl (various ways to do that) so that there is tonal contrast that makes the subject standout.

Phil99
13 days ago
    Owls are my favourite type of bird. Love the way it is hidden amongst the pine needles.

davev
13 days ago
    Thanks ysal.

This was the first Saw whet I've ever seen, and although the color version of this shot looks pretty good, I should have been more selective on a shot for this challenge. As I look at it now, it looks dull. I should have used something that stood out from the background, not blended into.

ysal
14 days ago
    What an adorable little owl! I've read that they are pretty common but I have never seen one. I recall one was stuck in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I'm wondering if a dark vignette would bring out the bird more. But as is, the focus is really the one eye and effective.
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