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I have quite a nice print of this fellow which I entered in a club competition. It did very well scoring 9.5/10. Yahoo. However, the club then used the picture in one of the inter-club competitions. The new judge gave it 5/10 (the lowest score of the night). What do DPNow-ers think? - K.
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Re: In the eye of the beholder

I like the owl's pose and the vignette, but for me critique-wise there are two problems I see: firstly the eyes are almost featureless (too dark) and with owls the eyes are one of the most important assets. Secondly, and I don't know if this is simply the way the image has been resized for web-display, but the image is lacking in sharpness and resolution. And I can see some burned-out highlights mainly around the left eye (as viewed).

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Re: In the eye of the beholder

Thanks for the comment, Ian. The actual print does not look as burnt out round the eye as this reduced image. As for the eyes you have probably hit on the reason for the low mark. The problem with the scops (or skops) owl is that its pupils are very large so you don't get the usual luminous look. Additionally, to defend themselves from predators, white-faced scops owls keep their eyes mostly shut, except for a very thin slit, so as to better blend in with their surroundings, so I was quite fortunate to capture it with its eyes wide open. I can't really put it into natural history competitions as it was photographed in the back of a shed in a sanctuary.
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Re: In the eye of the beholder

Yes the pupils are wide open but there is still detail around the periphery and that is very dark. But the owl is a very handsome example and I would be very pleased to have had the privilege to photograph it

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