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She is a barn owl that flies for Sky Kings Falconry - Wildlife Revealed here in central Texas.

She is a barn owl that flies for Sky Kings Falconry - Wildlife Revealed here in central Texas.
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Contest Finalist in Beautiful Owls Photo Contest
People's Choice in Animals Photo Challenge
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JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 11, 2014
Awesome capture!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita February 14, 2014
amazing capture. Fantastic composition, beautiful color and texture
adoptedone
 
adoptedone February 14, 2014
Wow the clarity and detail - brilliant!
diane_hallam_4401
 
diane_hallam_4401 February 20, 2014
totally awesome, congrats on feature :)
terrycharbeneau
 
terrycharbeneau February 21, 2014
WOW.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta February 21, 2014
Beautiful portrait. Congratulations.
kasper PRO
 
kasper February 21, 2014
Congratulations. Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird.
hodsongolby
 
hodsongolby February 21, 2014
Nice capture! Barn owls can be really hard to shoot on a nice day as they usually white out with over exposure. I have failed to get them many times. Well done!
parulparmar
 
parulparmar February 21, 2014
A great Close-up!
LindaDLester
 
LindaDLester February 21, 2014
What a beauty! Congrats!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates February 21, 2014
Lovely shot! Congrats!
catini
 
catini February 21, 2014
Great capture, congrats on your feature!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 21, 2014
Excellent focus in this beautiful shot.Congrats!
brentmorris PRO+
 
brentmorris February 21, 2014
Excellent
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 February 21, 2014
Wow what an awesome photo. Beautiful. Congrats!
PhotoAlaska
 
PhotoAlaska February 21, 2014
nice
Thimbee
 
Thimbee February 21, 2014
What a beautiful owl. Terrific shot! Congrats
gaz
 
gaz February 21, 2014
Great shot
galinasimphoto
 
galinasimphoto February 21, 2014
I like it. I have a similar shot :) Just from a different angle. It is just interesting :)
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan February 21, 2014
Fantastic detail, wonderful lighting...brilliant close up.....beautiful capture. Congrats on the feature.
nitti
 
nitti February 21, 2014
Perfect....congrats
symesie04
 
symesie04 February 21, 2014
she/he is lovely
christinajoynerpatnode
 
christinajoynerpatnode February 21, 2014
AMAZING!! Love this.
garyrhook
 
garyrhook February 21, 2014
Thanks everyone for all the kind words!!
beturner PRO
 
beturner February 21, 2014
Great photo, focus is just perfect!
cilla8
 
cilla8 February 21, 2014
Gorgeous! Congrats on Feature!
zyxwv
 
zyxwv February 21, 2014
Excellent composition congrats!
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios February 21, 2014
Beautiful barn owl shot! Great details and composition!
imthinkingoutloud
 
imthinkingoutloud February 21, 2014
Oh my!! This is such a beautiful portrait. Congratulations on a well deserved feature.
sheriminardi
 
sheriminardi February 21, 2014
Stunning! Congrats!
SusiStroud PRO+
 
SusiStroud February 21, 2014
So Beautiful! Congratulations on your Feature!
jaxdolfan
 
jaxdolfan February 21, 2014
Magnificent capture of this beautiful species, WELL DONE!!
Jewel
 
Jewel February 21, 2014
Awesome shot! Congratulations on your feature!
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter February 21, 2014
Great shot & detail. Congrats. - Jake
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater February 21, 2014
Great shot
eyewandersfoto
 
eyewandersfoto February 22, 2014
and she's gorgeous
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 22, 2014
She is Beautiful .. Congratulations on a well deserved award !!
AlejandraDodge
 
AlejandraDodge February 22, 2014
Stunning capture! great details and excellent framing.
eidyousef4
 
eidyousef4 February 23, 2014
nice
lito
 
lito February 23, 2014
Great photo...
june_coker_428
 
june_coker_428 February 24, 2014
Gorgeous, Ms Hooty!
bobbynall
 
bobbynall February 26, 2014
Nice
ncpcov PRO
 
ncpcov February 28, 2014
Great clarity and congrats on the feature
DanielleSchroeder333
 
DanielleSchroeder333 March 03, 2014
This picture is Fantasic!!! :):) I love the colors:):) well really everything about this picture! when i look at a picture like this, my first thought is "Peacful", "Loving" , and "Caring" all in one emotion, and i like that how you have combinded that all of those feelings into just one breath-taking photograph!!!:):) Good Job!
-Danielle
djensen PRO
 
djensen March 07, 2014
Awesome work, congrats on being a finalist!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 08, 2014
Beautiful just like a toasted marshmallow..Congratulations.
CG PRO+
 
CG March 08, 2014
Love the eye contact
tonychirino PRO
 
tonychirino March 09, 2014
Great shot
ThompsonsPhotography
 
ThompsonsPhotography March 15, 2014
Great shot Congrats on the Awards
ArtQ
 
ArtQ March 25, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
MCBPhotography
 
MCBPhotography March 30, 2014
absolute masterpiece great capture and the detail is amazing :)
bayouphotostruecajun
 
bayouphotostruecajun April 01, 2014
Fantastic capture....
bayouphotostruecajun
 
bayouphotostruecajun April 01, 2014
This is where talent and patience intersect.
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz April 09, 2014
Great shot!
gunners42
 
gunners42 April 09, 2014
Barn Owl, well done - Congrats!
gallmese
 
gallmese May 26, 2014
((((((:::::::
Thimbee
 
Thimbee May 26, 2014
Nicely done-so cute
JaredHG
 
JaredHG June 09, 2014
wow! Amazing depth in the eyes.
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 23, 2014
very clear, sharp capture love it !
WynChance
 
WynChance September 16, 2014
Stellar!
jhonnyyang
 
jhonnyyang September 24, 2014
superb
DuffyDoherty PRO
 
DuffyDoherty October 02, 2014
Nice capture...!
BAPA2014
 
BAPA2014 November 14, 2014
So cute
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne December 09, 2014
Awesome ;)
jamie3379
 
jamie3379 December 19, 2014
beautiful shot!
Magnummom2325
 
Magnummom2325 January 02, 2015
Gorgeous capture!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon January 16, 2015
Beautiful detail and composition
CherylG
 
CherylG February 17, 2015
Beautiful!!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair February 21, 2015
Cute shot!
OutOfTheWild
 
OutOfTheWild February 26, 2015
AMAZING Capture Congrats
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset February 28, 2015
Congrats Gary, just magnificent!
bestphotos1
 
bestphotos1 April 24, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
bestphotos1
 
bestphotos1 April 24, 2015
Great eye contact
ircacaplikas PRO+
 
ircacaplikas May 02, 2015
wonderful portrait !!
janickgagnon
 
janickgagnon May 03, 2015
Beautiful, wow !!!
nig2000
 
nig2000 May 03, 2015
Great shot.
steo PRO+
 
steo May 22, 2015
brilliant
steo PRO+
 
steo May 22, 2015
brilliant
magdacoulterphotography
 
stunning
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon June 09, 2015
Congratulations Gary on your Finalist Win in the Feathers contest .. Great image
TheoShilton PRO
 
TheoShilton June 13, 2015
Beautiful capture Gary!
leannebrookes
 
leannebrookes June 18, 2015
What a beautiful photo. I love owls so much xx
EstefaniaJaquier
 
EstefaniaJaquier July 05, 2015
Such a gorgeous shot!
gidgetashton
 
gidgetashton October 03, 2015
This phototure is very sharp.The colours beautiful.The eye's draw you in.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots October 08, 2015
Congrats!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 09, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your wins!!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon June 22, 2016
Congratulations Gary in Battle of Professionals
garyrhook
garyrhook June 22, 2016
Thanks!
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers July 29, 2016
Incredible capture. I love it!
LeslieMichaud PRO
 
LeslieMichaud September 17, 2016
Beautiful!!
Mary18 PRO
 
Mary18 October 30, 2016
Cool shot!
Mary18 PRO
 
Mary18 December 13, 2016
Congratulations on winning People's Choice in my animal challenge! Keep up the good work!
paologrigolato
 
paologrigolato December 13, 2016
Foto stupenda!
Bazz PRO+
 
Bazz June 05, 2017
Terrific capture! Thank you for joining my "Single Bird" challenge! Good Luck!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon November 27, 2018
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Beautiful Owls
jewelssmoot PRO
 
jewelssmoot November 24, 2019
I know this must have taken time to capture as birds move around a lot. I admire your commit to detail and how beautiful this photograph is. Such clarity and just an amazing capture. My favorite shoot of an owl
kristenfelzscofield
 
The blue sky really sets of what was already an incredible shot. Nice job!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Sherwood Forest Faire, McDade, TX
Time
2:00 PM
Lighting
The challenge here was open, midday sky with a few light clouds.
Equipment
Nikon D5100 with a Tamron 24-75 lens, handheld, with only natural light.
Inspiration
I love animals, and there's a falconry show the ren faire where it's possible to get very close to the birds. They feature falcons, owls and vultures, and during the show they fly over the audience and land on perches around the area; I try to stake out a perch and wait for the birds to come to me. Making friends with the head falconer and apprentices helps, too!
Editing
This image was managed in Lightroom and Photoshop CS5. The challenge was managing the shadows produced by the overhead sun; the end results was created with some masking, levels and curves, and a bit of high-pass sharpening to bring out the features.
In my camera bag
I am 3 years into my D5100 and it has been a reliable companion. I keep a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens, along with (usually) my 150mm macro lens. I have recently acquired an 85 f/1.8, which I also love. All that, plus a speedlite and stand, remote, wireless trigger, and batteries. Never, never go without extra batteries.
Feedback
Know your lens and your camera. In event photography you must move around, be alert and constantly on the watch for the right moment. Keep your eye trained on your subject. And don't just shoot for moments, look for reactions, too!

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