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#1 bobfriedman

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:13


Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso800
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Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso720
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Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso2000
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Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso800
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:55

Stunning image, especially the first one!

It is interesting that the feather right around the neck appears to be blurred in all images. Is the feather especially fine there?
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 20:36

Very fine images, all of them.

But, contrary to Akira, i like the 4th one best.
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#4 ashlandish

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 21:39

These are "wish I had been there" photos. The leaning forward of the first and the spread tail feathers while resting of the last make them atypical for me, which I like.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 01:38

Excellent series Bob - I'm with Akira - the first one is my favourite b/c of the "action" pose

#6 Alan7140

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:15

As usual, superb shots.

#7 bobfriedman

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:22

my only flight shot.. turns out there is detail in the feathers around the neck.. so they are part of the natural camo of the bird

Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso400
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:35

Stunning, magical shots.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 17:44

Very good !
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#10 bobfriedman

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 19:29

i was told by an owl expert today that the neck feathers are that way so the owl can turn his head quietly as he hunts

if i look at a 100% crop there is detail in the neck
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#11 Akira

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 20:26

Bob, thanks for the explanation. So, the blurry feather seems to be caused by the resizing artifact...

Stunning owl-in-flight shot!

Edited by Akira, 02 January 2013 - 20:27 .

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#12 golunvolo

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 18:55

Beautiful work. One more vote for image number 1.
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#13 dslater

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 19:07

Hi Bob,
Great images - my vots is also for image 1. One question, in the shooting info:

Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600s f/7.1 at 500.0mm iso800

what does the at 500.00mm mean? - were you using a tele-extender?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 14:24

Gorgeous shots! Fascinating re: the feathers. And I would guess the TC-1.7?

#15 bobfriedman

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 22:07

yes... a TC-17EII

thank you for the compliments..

akira: they look fluffy in real life too!
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 23:22

Great shots, Bob! I enjoyed them very much! But, as usual, the more action, as in #1 and 4, the better!

Edited by Eb Mueller, 04 January 2013 - 23:23 .

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#17 Andrea B.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 15:28

Bob, this owl is excellently photographed. It must be exciting to find an owl like that. I have rarely seen them.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 13:56

Very impressive shots, and congrats for POTW!
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#19 bobfriedman

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 23:06

thank you.. much appreciated... this owl was hard to find... but the crows pointed me to it..... it pays to listen to nature.
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#20 Jack Seaman

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:37

Wonderful pictures! I too liked the first one best.




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