Long-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl, at the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, Gloucestershire; 2 July 2014.

As often happens with living things, I’m close in to the individual both by means of a telephoto and via cropping of the resulting image. 

The eye – to me the really vital, vibrant and living focus of the shot – is in focus, while all of the surrounding patterns and textures are blurring into an “impression of the beast”.

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D700 with 70-300 Nikkor at 250mm; 3200 ISO; Dfine 2; Color Efex Pro 4.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

20 Responses to BIRDS 69 – LONG-EARED OWL

  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    King of bird close-ups 🙂


  2. Absolutely beautiful! I wish I could reach out and touch him. ❤️


  3. Malin H says:

    Brilliant portrait of this beauty!


  4. Sallyann says:

    Wow! 🙂
    Wonderful colours. 😀


  5. Meanderer says:

    My first thought when I saw this was: Wow! and I see another commenter felt the same 🙂 Wonderful image, Adrian.


  6. Orpheus Eye says:



  7. paula graham says:

    Nice and Arty, Adrian, what beauties they are..(Owls!)


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, beautiful >>> the beautiful face of death I suppose, since in the natural world, this would be the last thing that their prey would see. But having two eyes mounted in the facial disc does it – if you’re ever around Newent you might like this place – although of course my shots don’t show the cages – not too sure about them. Any idea when you’re coming up this way? A


  8. Robert says:

    The colours are amazing, I agree with you about the eye.


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