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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Great Grey Owls


all are very nice Herb


Feb 09, 2013 at 08:55 AM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Great Grey Owls


Awesome shots Herb. #5 is my favourite.
David



Feb 09, 2013 at 02:04 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Great Grey Owls


These are outstanding Herb no single shot is my fav so i guess i will love them all .What a beautiful bird,and with the 500 .


Feb 09, 2013 at 02:17 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Great Grey Owls


great shots herb. enjoyed them all


Feb 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Great Grey Owls


Excellent shots Herb, all of them are great, really like #3 and #4.


Feb 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Great Grey Owls


Herb these are wonderful shots!! They are all stunning . I love them all but 3 and 8 really stand out to me.

Birdie



Feb 09, 2013 at 03:10 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Great Grey Owls


Hello.

This will only be based on technical merits only ……….. Some of it may be bias do to the conditions in which the images were taken, but we are not here to make friends are we. None the less please see this as an honest critique.

Image #1
This shot is just alright. The framing may be a bit tight tho.

Image #2
Nice close-up. In my opinion, a vertical orientation would have been a better choice.

Image #3
Good flight / dive shot with nice wing spread/position. In this one, I find the tree and especially all the branches very distracting. Looking past the clutter the Owl looks ok.

Image #4
Again, not a really bad shot. The position of the wing indicates gliding so the flat angle in them does not entail movement: I would have used a different aperture to get perfect focus throughout. Panning technique looks adequate.

Image #5
Ok stationary shot. The colour of the background is generally quite distracting. I would also clone out the branches in the lower right corner. The "sweet light" everyone is usually looking for does not quite work here because of the sky. This is probably personal taste but background complementing the subject is normally recommending for best results.

Image # 6
See comment for #1

Image #7
Good detail. Composition could be improved with a bit more room at the top and by not having the subject so centered.

Image # 8
By far it is the most original shot in this series. I do like the pose and the perch is fine.

Image #9
See comment on #2.

Image #10
A little better than # 1 and 5 as far as framing in concern, but it is still a bit too tight for my liking. Again some cloning may be in order. There is also something distracting behind the bird’s left leg (right side when actually looking at the image) that seem strange. Back to cloning, there is a distracting blob just in the corner of the bird’s tail. It almost looks like sensor dust.

Overall, not a bad series. I would just like to comment about the overall sharpness and detail in all of the photos, especially the close ups. Detail seems to be somewhat muddy, not quite as clear as should be. This is especially apparent in the feathers and eyes, well I guess, the whole subject, really. Could be different issues: image compression when downsizing for posting , post-processing, equipment, photographer's technique, etc. It could also be the sharpening prior to downsizing, but that would be part of post-processing. This issues is sometime related to cropping but in this case, it may not be likely given the semi control situation in which they were taken and you may have had too much lens for this photo opportunity. Also, are you shooting jpeg or raw as this may also have some sort of influence.

As I would think that you probably were anticipating comments, my first reaction was to begin this way: “crops or crap” but I did change my mind.

Again, I only wanted to concentrate on the educational value of the end shots and I hope you can appreciate that. Although the bottom line is that you still have a lot of work to do before any of the shots can be quilified as technically perfect. Kind of disapointing ......... If you ask me......

Respectfully yours.
Gilles

PS: I wish I could have been quicker but you know how it works ....... life kind of gets in the way.
You also probably note that my post has been edited. Why? just to refine my critiques.

Edited on Feb 09, 2013 at 11:48 PM · View previous versions



Feb 09, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Great Grey Owls


Very impressive collection, Herb.
I'm getting hypnotized by to many of them to pick favorites.
Chris



Feb 09, 2013 at 05:52 PM
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p.2 #9 · p.2 #9 · Great Grey Owls


Awesome shots Herb! #3 & 5 are my favorites.

-Jeff



Feb 09, 2013 at 07:38 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Great Grey Owls


Wonderful set as usual, Herb. I love every single photo here. Especially, the cropped version if incoming shots are spectacular.

- Tam



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p.2 #11 · p.2 #11 · Great Grey Owls


stunning shots
loving 3 the best

Howard.



Feb 09, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Great Grey Owls


Outstanding Herb. I love the one pitching out of the tree!


Feb 09, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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p.2 #13 · p.2 #13 · Great Grey Owls


These are remarkable images, Herb.
Many kudos for your talent in getting them.
Charlie



Feb 09, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Great Grey Owls


A very sweet collection. Some of your best work.

Larry



Feb 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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p.2 #15 · p.2 #15 · Great Grey Owls


Beautiful set Herb

well done

Lil



Feb 09, 2013 at 11:36 PM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Great Grey Owls


Great work Herb-love #8! What a pose!


Feb 09, 2013 at 11:59 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Great Grey Owls


Very nice set Herb.


Feb 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Great Grey Owls


These are awesome!


Feb 10, 2013 at 04:24 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Great Grey Owls


Herb, #3 would never ever come off at least one of my walls!
Greg



Feb 10, 2013 at 04:34 AM
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p.2 #20 · p.2 #20 · Great Grey Owls


I am truly stunned by the quality of these images.

tom



Feb 10, 2013 at 04:40 AM
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