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Barn Owl

Barn Owl
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Copyright: Miles Herbert (captive-light) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-30
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS M, Canon 55-250mm EF-S f4-5.6 IS, RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-08-31 10:04
Viewed: 1494
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Busy weekend for me this weekend. On Sat we had a group in to photograph Reptiles and (especially) Tree Frogs in the studio - but on Sunday we were outside in the New Forest photographing birds of prey.

In true holiday weekend fashion the weather forecast was predicting apocalyptic rain storms on Sunday which caused a few of my clients to back out of the day. I very nearly cancelled the day due to the predicted weather but something made me stick with it. As it happens, the sun came out and we enjoyed a beautiful a day out in the forest with a nice hazy sunshine all day long - perfect for photographing owls although the heat made them a little sleepy!

ISO 200

Reasons for settings - I was shooting handheld with my little Canon EOS M camera with a 55 - 250 EFS lens on it. I wanted the shot to be sharp so chose settings that would give me the best quality (low ISO) against a fast enough shutter speed to keep it all sharp even if hand held. General rule is use a shutter speed that equals that of the lens ... so 250mm lens - I used 250th of a second.

I love this little EOS M camera - it has the internals of a Canon 7D but is the size of a compact. Best of all I can put all of my Canon lenses on it - even if it does look silly on the back of the big lenses!

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2015-08-31 10:48]

Hi Miles,
great clarity and colour saturation, the eyes are nicely positioned in the frame, thanks for the note

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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2015-08-31 11:21]

Hi Miles,
This is an awesome shot. I love the detail and sharpness of the owl. The shallow dof really lets the owl stand out. An excellent nature capture.


Hi Miles

Another cracking shot. At first I thought the owl too central, but having looked more I think it's ok. Excellent shallow depth of field and the yellow ferns are needed to add a little colour.

I am aware of the shutter speed rule, but is it relevant to a lens that has image stabilisation?

Hello Miles,
Wonderful photograph. I echo all the words of praise above. Is the owl not slightly overexposed? - not sure. Have tried a workshop. Thank you for an informative note and reply to Robert's question.

Bom dia Miles,
You have reached a level of quality that makes it almost useless statements like "of your best pictures," etc.
For that reason I'll limit myself to applaud and learn, including certain compositional tricks stuck in your style.

An outstanding top class photo for me. I agree with BOB.

Ciao Miles, great portrait of fantastic owl, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Miles,

Very beautiful.... I like it very much.
Thanks for showing such excellent work,

Nice shot and well positioned your camera. Good framing sense and this pic has nice details.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2015-09-06 3:25]

Lovely shot miles the DoF makes the subject stand out and the catchlight in the eye brings the owl to life. Lovely ;)

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