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Spotted Owlet



I walked into the woods near to my home in Hyderabad - India I noticed something strange moving in the center of this huge Banyan Tree, and Just for your info B...
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I walked into the woods near to my home in Hyderabad - India I noticed something strange moving in the center of this huge Banyan Tree, and Just for your info Banyan Tree is considered holy in several religious traditions of India, Well I began to move a little forward slowly to see what exactly it was then I realized it was an Owl, Yes it was Spotted Owlet which was difficult to notice where it was camouflaged against the tree bark and shadows, it sat there and disappeared into the hole next to it, I began to get ready and took position of my camera and was waiting patiently when it will come pop out And well one should be very patient especially in Wildlife Photography,.. then after a while the Owl came out and created an artistic impression and was wondering why I was still around and what I was upto, Let me tell you the Spotted Owls use a perch to sit and wait to dive down onto prey, in that moment I began Angling my camera up towards the dawn light to get a good composition with the rule of thirds in mind but there was some disturbance of other light from the side of the tree trunk as distraction with half the tree trunk exposed in picture... then I centered the Spotted Owlet to the center of the picture but I knew that I was breaking the rule of thirds but I decided that was a better option than the distraction... and went ahead with my shot. and then finally when I saw the outcome of the picture I felt a bit satisfied and give it a thumps up.


ABOUT SPOTTED OWLET - The spotted owlet is a small owl which breeds in tropical Asia from mainland India to Southeast Asia. A common resident of open habitats including farmland and human habitation, it has adapted to living in cities.

Scientific name: Athene brama
Phylum: Chordata
Higher classification: Athene
Rank: Species
Order: Owl

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BantamBluePhotography PRO+
 
BantamBluePhotography August 15, 2017
Great capture! Love this
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 15, 2017
Thank you :)
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe August 15, 2017
I love the texture of this shot!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 15, 2017
Thank you :) :)
Canadianeh PRO
 
Canadianeh August 15, 2017
Simply wonderful image!!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 15, 2017
Thank you very much :)
critique PRO+
 
critique August 15, 2017
Wonderful shot, beautifully composed and really showing camouflage well! Nice that you didn't crop it too tightly; the greater tree area increases the possibility of the owlet getting "lost" in the field and increases the excitement at seeing him! Great work!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 15, 2017
Thank you so much.... yes you are absolutely right and I appreciate it very much :)
debbyfaz
 
debbyfaz August 16, 2017
Robbie, this owl photo is so sweet!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 16, 2017
Thank you Debby :)
tvkappel PRO+
 
tvkappel August 16, 2017
Beautiful Photograph and great capture!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 16, 2017
Thank you :)
helenarmstrong
 
helenarmstrong August 16, 2017
Stunning
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 17, 2017
Thank you :)
Samijored
 
Samijored August 17, 2017
Stunning
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman August 18, 2017
This is spectacular, what a great composition and sharp detail
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 18, 2017
Thank you very much Glenda ... appreciate it very much :)
sue-zon PRO
 
sue-zon August 18, 2017
Wow! Talk about camouflage!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 18, 2017
Thank you very much :)
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen August 20, 2017
lovely shot!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 20, 2017
Thanks Ellen
LeisaLJL
 
LeisaLJL August 20, 2017
Love this ! Great shot!!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 21, 2017
Thank you :)
photoflea PRO+
 
photoflea August 25, 2017
Bravo!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 26, 2017
Thank you :)
Tigereye316
 
Tigereye316 August 27, 2017
wow great capture what time of day did you capture this owl?
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 27, 2017
Thanks ... it was in the afternoon some where around 2 p.m
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose August 28, 2017
Excellent shot!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss August 28, 2017
Thank you :)
PamelaNewcomb PRO+
 
PamelaNewcomb September 01, 2017
Hiding in plain sight! Good shot!
elliets PRO+
 
elliets September 01, 2017
great capture
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 03, 2017
Thank you :)
podesta
 
podesta September 02, 2017
Great capture
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 03, 2017
Thank you :)
Mr_serrano
 
Mr_serrano September 03, 2017
Wow! Brilliant
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 03, 2017
Thank you :)
Annis
 
Annis September 06, 2017
Beautiful!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 06, 2017
Thank you :) :)
vitor PRO+
 
vitor September 10, 2017
Beautiful!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 10, 2017
Thank you :)
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis September 12, 2017
Amazing image.. blends into the background works well in B&W:-)
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 13, 2017
Thank you :)
frechdi
 
frechdi September 13, 2017
Beau mariage super
amil09
 
amil09 September 13, 2017
click com bons contrastes e definições!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 13, 2017
Thank you :)
cindybucholz
 
cindybucholz September 16, 2017
Almost camouflaged!!!
JHuggon
 
JHuggon September 19, 2017
That's a great home your friend has made in the Banyan tree. That tree must be huge! Great photo, straight on, reveals the level of camouflage that critter has with his environment. Thanks!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 19, 2017
Thank you very much :)
petercundill PRO+
 
petercundill September 21, 2017
Exceptional photo Robbie, did you have to highlight him to make him stand out! :)
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 21, 2017
Thank you Peter, .... no I did not :)
SnapMcAleer
 
SnapMcAleer September 23, 2017
Magical moment very well captured!
gryphonjewel PRO+
 
gryphonjewel September 25, 2017
Beautiful
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 26, 2017
Thank you
DJane PRO+
 
DJane September 26, 2017
I believe your patience paid off with this photo. It made an amazing image.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss September 26, 2017
Thank you Jane :)
davincipoppalag PRO
 
davincipoppalag October 03, 2017
terrific capture
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 03, 2017
Thank you :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 07, 2017
Congrats on your win !!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 08, 2017
Thanks Ester :)
SusanBurroughs
 
SusanBurroughs October 11, 2017
Great shot. The composition really shows how the owl was using the tree as a camouflage.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 12, 2017
Thank you very much Susan
Baumhaus
 
Baumhaus October 12, 2017
Congratulations on your contest win Image of the month :-), great.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 12, 2017
Thank you :)
CarpeDeeM PRO
 
CarpeDeeM October 17, 2017
Great shot and I love the background story that accompanies it. It's lovely to read about your country and wildlife.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 21, 2017
Thank you very much :)
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 21, 2017
Thank you very much :)
ElynG
 
ElynG October 20, 2017
Amazing capture
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 21, 2017
Thank you :)
gayleandersonwildt PRO+
 
gayleandersonwildt October 24, 2017
Excellent capture! With the Beautiful tree, and the camouflage of the Gorgeous owl, just Magnificent!!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 25, 2017
Thank you very much... :)
WilmaWolf Premium
 
WilmaWolf October 27, 2017
I love all your commentary with your photos. This one too is stunning.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 27, 2017
Thank you... :)
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana October 29, 2017
A great shot!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 29, 2017
Thank you very much :)
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana October 29, 2017
Congratulations!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 29, 2017
Thank you :)
JoseSantarem
 
JoseSantarem October 29, 2017
I really like your photos, great work. Congratulations !!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss October 29, 2017
Thank you very much :)
Fujiguy PRO+
 
Fujiguy December 02, 2017
Rules are meant to be broken and your fine image is evidence enough. Thanks for sharing the story of this image. It is important to do this.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss December 02, 2017
Thank you very much... :) :)
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel December 09, 2017
Superior. Owls are my favorite captures.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss December 10, 2017
Thank you.
terryacregan-leidigh PRO+
 
terryacregan-leidigh December 10, 2017
Great shot, love how the environments texture and the owl blend together so gracefully!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss December 10, 2017
Thank you very much :)
Cookies4U PRO+
 
Cookies4U January 16, 2018
quite extraordinary perspective on the giant Banyan Tree and this adorable owl. Beautiful!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss January 16, 2018
Thank you Cooki :)
FlyingScot PRO+
 
FlyingScot January 28, 2018
Its all been said, but I do concur, the temptation to crop was well resisted, it took me two passes to spot the Owl, I also thought it was Mono. Great work Robbie.
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss January 28, 2018
Thank you :)
JRoyShotsofLife PRO
 
JRoyShotsofLife February 04, 2018
Beautiful
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss February 04, 2018
Thank you :)
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi March 19, 2018
congrats. great description
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss March 19, 2018
Thank you :)
laurenkaymyers Premium
 
laurenkaymyers April 04, 2018
Oh my gosh! I love owls and I love this photo. Perfect!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss April 04, 2018
Thank you :)
billkuespert PRO+
 
billkuespert May 02, 2018
I really love this photo! Our creator really knew what they were doing when it came to stealth and the worlds creatures. Good eye catching it!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss May 02, 2018
Thank you very much :) :)
bensantiago PRO+
 
bensantiago May 03, 2018
Love this image, wonderfully simple but moody
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss June 22, 2018
Thank you so much :)
lthrprncss
 
lthrprncss June 25, 2018
Wow...excellent photo...excellent shot......I do love owls...never seen one though in person :(
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss June 26, 2018
Thank you so much :) you should see them they are cute
bobtoye PRO+
 
bobtoye November 11, 2018
Great comp and framing, but it’s those flashing eyes that color my reception!
RobbieRoss
RobbieRoss November 11, 2018
Thank you very much :)

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the woods
Time
its was around 430 p.m
Lighting
I walked into the woods near to my home in Hyderabad - India I noticed something strange moving in the center of this huge Banyan Tree, and Just for your info Banyan Tree is considered holy in several religious traditions of India, Well I began to move a little forward slowly to see what exactly it was then I realized it was an Owl, Yes it was Spotted Owlet which was difficult to notice where it was camouflaged against the tree bark and shadows, it sat there and disappeared into the hole next to it, I began to get ready and took position of my camera and was waiting patiently when it will come pop out And well one should be very patient especially in Wildlife Photography,.. then after a while the Owl came out and created an artistic impression and was wondering why I was still around and what I was upto, Let me tell you the Spotted Owls use a perch to sit and wait to dive down onto prey, in that moment I began Angling my camera up towards the dawn light to get a good composition with the rule of thirds in mind but there was some disturbance of other light from the side of the tree trunk as distraction with half the tree trunk exposed in picture... then I centered the Spotted Owlet to the center of the picture but I knew that I was breaking the rule of thirds but I decided that was a better option than the distraction... and went ahead with my shot. and then finally when I saw the outcome of the picture I felt a bit satisfied and give it a thumps up.
Equipment
I used a Canon 600D Camera, 250mm telephoto Zoom Lens,
Inspiration
The camouflaged or the owl and bark of the tree and shadows,
Editing
When shooting bird photography or any type of photography post processing comes in handy and its advisable to always shoot in RAW, I did post processing to this image just to bring out the shadows and white balance in its place to match the camouflage this image, since the camera settings at times do not match the light conditions so I took the advantage of processing it a bit, and finally happy with the outcome.
In my camera bag
I always carry a Canon EF-S 55-250mm telephoto zoom Lens for wildlife photography, 18-55mm to shoot landscape whenever its a beautiful day, A Tripod to avoid handshake which may cause the image to blur especially when using slow shutter speed, and of course water to be cool and composed. : )
Feedback
When shooting bird photography one should always feel and understand the beauty surrounded before capturing, And one must also respect the privacy of the animals and have a lot of patience to capture it. It is said that patience is a virtue and this certainly holds true in wildlife photography. Photographing wildlife is not as easy as shooting other subjects, because we cannot make them move or pose accordingly. This requires observation from a distance since the surroundings can be dangerous. It is advised to wait for the right moment and one must always be prepared to wait, and be patient. Wildlife photography takes a long time to get good shots, and to get good shots one must know the right gear, rules, light, shoot wider or shoot closer, and finally again patience isn't a necessity but it’s a MUST. :) :)

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