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Eyes- Yellow Eyes

Eyes- Yellow Eyes
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Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kerala Trip
Theme(s): My Photos >= 100 points, Friday theme 2008/01/11 "Eye or Eyes", animal portrait [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-11 14:58
Viewed: 5639
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 174
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My contribution to Helen's Friday theme....
Yellow eyes of Indian Owl.

This owl was in cage, rescued and in the same zoo of the baby monkey.

In India, people avoid to see Owl in the night time...b/c it is a bad evil.
Don't know who discovered this !!!!!

Surprisingly, it is a symbol of wealth as per the Chineese Feng Sui.

In Indian culture, a white owl is considered a companion of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and therefore a harbinger of prosperity.

In Greek mythology, the owl, and specifically the Little Owl, was often associated with the goddess Athena.

The owl has been adapted as an emblem to reflect its implications of wisdom.

This owl was rescued in the jugles somewhere in Kochi, and brought to this zoo. He was in cage, dark.

Technical talk: Shot in RAW. Used ISO 1600 and then NeatImage to get this result.

Happy weekend
"A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”

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Hi Vandana,

what a big eyes this owl have.. :) this one make me smile looking at it.. a bit different than the ordinary owls. lovely contribution the theme :) as always you take a good picture and i like the owl quote too

well done on this one.. Have a wonderful weekend.

tfs and greeting, terry

Great capture of these beautiful eyes Vandana. Nice composition and detail.

Regards Mark :)

Hi Vandana.
Great capture, very well done.
TFS and best regards.


Wow...Impressive shot Vandana .what a sharp look!this beautiful yellow colour gives it more strength.

Bonjour Vandana,
Hypnotic, and fantastic like POV. A beautiful specimen of owl. Impressing this glance boring and this plumage can usual. Thanks for allowing us to be filled with wonder by seeing what creating nature while dividing with us, your experiments.
Great colors and contrast. Cheer
Heartily, Corinne

Hello Vandana,
Awesome details and clarity of this portrait. Well composed in perfect exposure.

Very vibrant and colorful Vandana! Nice colors and tones to make the eyes pop out.
Good PP work.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-01-11 16:12]

Namasthe Vandana
These are the most beautiful eyes to the Friday topic!!! Well done.

Hi Vandana

Nice shots on this owl and I like it....Congrats

Amri HMS

Hi Vndana
Original contribution to he theme, The eyes are very sharp and I can even see the photographer reflection in them.
Very good exposition.
Thanks for sharing

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2008-01-11 19:50]

Amazing eyes! We can feel hypnotized if we look at them too much.Almost scary.This is very well composed.TFS

HAHAHA!! My what big eyes you have my dear!! Really nice, very unusual animal, I've never seen one before! How did you get so close?? Is his contacts really that color??

Hi Vandana,

Fantastic entry for the Friday theme. Good sharp image with impressive eyes of a vibrant yellow.

If I can be little critical of the whole image though, I think the composition would be improved if the Owl was either looking directly at the camera and/or the negative space was to the left of the Owl, the same direction as the Owl is looking. It's also a pity the background is a very similar colour to the Owl, something outside your control I know.

Kind regards, Kath

Stunning eyes in this sharp and well lighted shot Vandana. A great contribution to the theme. He or she is a real looker:-)

Grtz Pim

:) ltr

excellent contrast of the colours, my preferate of all the photos in the theme

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-01-12 2:08]

Hola Vandana,
realmente maravillosos,
originales ojos...
excelente trabajo y detalles,

I think this looks really really lovely Vandana.
Maybe because of all those dark hairs sticking out every which way.
He probably loves his cage dark, otherwise he would close his eyes.
Wonderful addition.


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-01-12 3:12]

Wow you sure got the eyes to stand out . I love the detail of his feathers here and the beak. This is a great capture and I just love it. Good composition and stunning contribution to the theme.

Thank you for your kind words On “You’ve got Mail”

Good morning Vandana

WOW what an incredible shot, the lighting here is superb and your DOF is absolutely perfect, every important detail is picked out perfectly.

Wonderful image

TFS and for joining in the theme

Kind regards Helen

The eye of the tyger.!
Good shot of this wonderful bird, Vandana.
Thanks for the note too.

nice close-up shot great eyes wow


Hello Vandana,

Beautiful capture and of very good taste
his penetrating glance of this owl is fantastic.
Two eyes that I wanted to have, the one of her and of the cats...
(I am not stupid no!) hahah
Great shot, wonderful!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-01-12 6:21]

Hi Vandana

"What big eyes you have"! A superb zoom shot, of this inquisitive looking bird, with impeccable sharpness & dof. Tfs!

Vanny, technical maybe all ok but is this a fav for me ?
No. He looks as cold as a killer and 100% honest I do agree with Kath.

Hi Vandana,

IMPRESSIVE! The close view is a good choice.

TFS, have a nice weekend.


Tremendous shot here Vanadana, Wow,
Amazing eyes, and what a unique looking Owl.
Great find and capture,
Well done! - Vincent

hi vandana, wonderful clarity and colors in these great big eyes, good job, amazing image,

thanks, scott

Hello Vandana!
Very sweet owl and wonderful eyes!
Good detail and perspective!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-01-12 8:47]

Fantastic colours, details and composition!
What a wonderful moment

Hi Vandana!!!
..WooW!!...this is very fantastic photo!!Really!!..
..I like this exposure!!!!

Scary eyes Vandana! Good colour and detail in the image, nicely cropped and well displayed. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Brown Eyes’

...yes... diffrent...
Cool eyes of this night killer.
The vision of an Owl at night is beyond belief
Very sharp Vandana and something diffrent from you,

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-01-12 17:05]

hello Vandana,
a mesmerising image, those big eye pierce through the monitor! I like the spiky feathers too.That this owl seems to be surrounded by darkness seems appropriate.
well done

Hi Vandana,
Lovely catch here soo Vandana for the Friday theme, Excellente prise de vue et très jolie photo avec de belle lumière et détails of this indian owl well presented and composed, very well done.

Hello Vandana..;)
Wow...beautiful shot of this animal..
What a beautiful yellow eyes he have..
Wonderful shot Van..Nice for the theme..


Stunning photo.
Great crop and I love those big eyes!
Pretty scary. ;-)


Hi dear friend,
these are the most beautiful yellow eyes I've ever seen :)
Great posting for Helen's theme.
Wonderful details and posture.
Best wishes,
:) soon

Hi Vandana

He is a lovely fellow and you have caught the beautiful eyes perfectly. I love the look he is giving you. Nice sharp detais caught in some obviously tricky lighting conditions. You could get some more light and details in the feathers with some photoshop tweaks. I had a play to see if it could be done and got a nice result with s shadows and highlights and a curves tweak.

It is a lovely shot and perfectly suits the theme



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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2008-01-13 5:23]

Hi my friend,

WOW..what Big Eyes this owl has...hehehe..amazingly composed and beautiful bird to share in TL my friend.



Hi Vandana,
I am always fascinated by owl's eyes. They are so surreal and look artificial at times. Well taken, quite attractive. Greetings! Danilo

That's amazing Vandana, thoses eyes, realy great

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-13 6:01]

Very striking shot of this owl, always with big eyes and standing still. I like the color tone with such sharp minute hair details. Good clarity , well done.


Hi Vandana,
As yellow as .... cheese !! ;-)
Good contribution to the theme !
Amazing portrait photo of this owl. Very good exposure and sharpness. Beautiful colors too.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-01-13 8:57]

Hello Vandana,
Beautifully balanced and jumps immediately in the eye. Ingenious sharpness process.Beautiful shot.

Hello Vandana,

I just have the feeling that this owl would be able out-stare most of the other contributions! They look like headlights on a car!
Wonderful sharp and detailed image! A fine contribution to the theme!

KInd regards,
Bev :-)

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-01-13 9:35]

Incredible almost scary!

Hi Vandana, amazing eyes, splendid portrait with wonderful colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

wonderful dramatic shot. the yellow eyes really speak out

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-01-13 10:53]

WOW they definately pop out at you!! Great capture and a wow pov! TFS

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2008-01-13 10:58]

Hello Vandana bhen,

Your composition is fantastic, specailly the emphesis on eyes and soft fused color on the frame are most eye catching. A fantastic shot, well done.

Thanks for sharing this image.

He look so scary and at the same time so magnificent, thanks for this picture of a gorgeous bird.

Hi Vandana,

Perfect and beautiful eyes . .
Very sharp and great detail image . .
Well done my dear friend


Many thanks for your kind words on Sleeping tiger .

Hi Vandana! Nice close-up, my what big eyes!
I remember nightshift in the railyards, with an owl hooting into my unsuspecting ear while I was inspecting a train - I jumped out of my shoes!

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-01-13 21:32]

Very impressive - very nice for theme Vandana:)
Really good portrait:)

scary yellow eyes.
clear detailed picture.
informative notes.tfs.

Hi Vandana,
Very impressive eyes.
Excellent portrait of a wonderful bird.
One of most beautiful eyes I have ever seen.
Selahattin E

Hi Vandana,
This is really amazing! Out of the ordinary...it even looks like it's made of marble with glass eyes! Spectacular.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-01-14 7:55]

Nice shots on this owl with great details & colors. Well done.

Hi Vandana,
Great eye and shot.Excellent theme and compsoition.
Very beautiful colours and details..
Well done.TFS.

Hi Vandana.
Wonderful as usually my friend.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-01-14 12:24]

Well done, Vandana for this great contribution for the theme ! Incredible shot of those fantastic eyes. Well done, thanks !


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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2008-01-14 23:54]

hello vandana;
like alive and will fly into my living room.tfs.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-01-15 0:34]

Hi Vandana
In one word beautiful.
Gr Jos

Hello Vandana,

Magical eyes, wonderful colors and an excellent job, as always!
Congratulations! TFS

on wednesday

Hi Vandana,

Wowwww impresionante imagen, que definición tan buena, me encanta el detalle de los ojos. Muy buen trabajo.



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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2008-01-16 7:27]

Hello Vandana,
Wow, amazing picture, what a great colors, focus and great contribution to the theme...just beautiful!
Thanks a lot.

Hello Vandana,

The portrait of this owl is just fantastic:)))
I love the texture here, it looks like a pastel drawing:)
Great close-up, framing, details. Very impressive:)

Hi Vandana,

Amazing shot, very sharp, great detail, perfect lighting and nicely composed.
Well done,
Greetings and hugs from both of us,

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  • NecipP Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 669 W: 16 N: 404] (4722)
  • [2008-01-16 11:26]

Hello Vandana, what an amazing looking owl with excellently composed shot. I like the pov and how you set one eye in the middle of the frame, it really works well. tfs, Rgds Necip

Congratullations, great details and colors, really espactacullar photo, allways great. TFS


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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-01-16 19:49]

A welltaken creap Vandana
Killer eyes
Good job


OOOOOOOoooooooooooohh I am so impressed from these eyes from this SUPERB portrait.
Have a nice time.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-01-17 10:43]

Hello Vandana,
Very interesting macro. The location for the photo - and the sharpness and colors - could not be better at all. A super picture.
Best wishes.

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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-01-19 14:55]

Hi there!

Great macro! Big eyes and in yellow they look even more bigger!!!

Good work

Hello Vandana :)

Wow ! Excellent ! Wonderful capture, amazing eyes ! Colours, light and sharpness are really perfect ... thanks, because I never saw an owl so close :)
Best wishes

A WOW Vandana!! Super detail & great eyes. Just right on the in & out of focus! Well done! :} Don

hello Vandana
amazing eyes how two fog lights!!
the marvellous capture with great details.

best regards sERGIO

Hi Vandana,
Yes, those eyes are definately yellow:)) A very striking image and a good close up shot. 1600 ISO...WOW. Neat image certainly does a good job in cleaning up the noise. I need to get this program...have been saying this for too long now. Very nice shooting and PP work Vandana!


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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 53 N: 58] (3371)
  • [2008-01-23 13:07]

hello Vandana

stunning portrait of this bird

their eyes are really the main center of interest in the frame



Hi Vandana,
excellent close-up on this bird. These eyes are really scary *s* Perhaps a bit too tightly cropped at the bottom..? tfs


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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 350 W: 105 N: 198] (7374)
  • [2008-01-24 9:05]

wow ... what a beautiful coloured eyes...
a great model and interesting reflections in the eye...
very well done my friend...
like it much...

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-01-31 1:18]

wow, it seems that I've missed this gorgeous one.
Congrats !

ps.I'll be back with points

Bonjour Vandana.
Les détails sont très nets et les couleurs magnifiques.
J'aime le cadrage serré et l'expression intense du regard.
Bravo !

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2008-02-05 11:06]

Hello Vandana.
Superb capture. Well presented and composed. Great effect of yellow eyes.
Janek Kloss

This owl seem scary...about something.....probably your lens.....!!!
The result is simply wonderful.....
Special look,special picture!!!

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2008-03-03 11:18]

Takes an evening to read these comments; takes an instant to see this pictures special expression. More admiration grows when reading this is a night shot; especially in your culture.
Good work.
and thanks Vandana for your nice words at my place.
(ps: I never give points)

Splendid portrait of a fine bird ! His eyes are absolutely mesmerizing... Note is interesting too...
Best regards,

Bien le bonsoir, impressionant regard il a pas l'air commode, belle prise.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-01-06 8:47]

I very stunning image with striking intensity, detail, and color espeically the eyes.

Excellent detail considering you shot this at ISO 1600.


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  • dale54 (452)
  • [2013-11-02 3:41]

hello vandana..very well taken for being in a cage and dark..superb work! dale

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