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Scops owl... the tiny shadow by phalalcrocorax Scops owl... the tiny shadow by phalalcrocorax
Hi

Finally back from another trip... it was amazing : forgetting the time, forgetting about what a night is supposed to be...

Almost all alone in the night... almost ? no... because some species are as active as a tit feeding his chick. Take example of this scops owl. I truly love this specie !!!

About this picture : It has been made under strict photographic conditions to avoid any problem with the breeding. One of the specialist of this specie in France helped me a lot to understand their behaviour, their tolerance to the modification of their surrounding and the care of the chicks. I created a nest, similar to the one they used but with an integrated flash and a camera in it. The power of the flash was strongly reduced using a mirror system, the camera was hidden in a box included in the nest...

The installation was made of 1 IR trap, the camera and 3 flashes. The camera was wire-controlled with a computer, all the flashes was set to manual. A picture will follow (perhaps).

I used a 14mm on a 5D to make this shot. The bird was close, very close :D only few centimetres away from the camera (the wing was surely touching it). BTW, this bird is small, VERY small : he is the size of a screech owl... but weight almost twice less :D
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elfgurl06 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Such a cute little guy, amazing capture!
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Sarah-Joy-Landon Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Unbelievable! :O
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Phoenix-Brul-Plum Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, je viens juste de la voir et je la trouve SUPERBE ! L'angle de vue ets juste parfait et je ne parle pas des couleurs !
C'est... Une mouche qu'il tient dans le bec ?
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Kriloner Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Alors la photo du making of?? :D
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here in The Eyes Have It at :iconanimal-portraits:
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow

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PandaofCurses Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Photographer
Its so beautiful!! Well done to you!! :D 
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CailinGore Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love this to death! The wing on the right side leads in very nicely to the owl :love:
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply MARVELOUS capture! Great job! :D
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TiaRose Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Woahhh. Amazing. Well done. Such a great capture of a brilliant moment!
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Ralu77 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
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AdARDurden Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on 2nd place in the Contest !! :clap:
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BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow this picture is amazing!! Well done :love:
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kaush Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing and wonderful work.
Would really like to see your set up.
:)
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awesome43 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This beautiful owl has been featured in my Featuring Owls from my favorite feature here. [link] It does not have it's own link it is located on the left side of my page below featured print.
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DieselPaws Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist
wow great photo awesome action!
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You has been feature in my group :iconnature-capture: in a affiliate journal, Congratulations!! Bird-Photography Best of 2012 Winners
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Photographer
Congrats on winning 2nd place in the Best Of Bird Photography 2012 Contest!!!! Well done! :)
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Cmac13 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   General Artist
:iconiloveit-plz: congrats on your winning entry in the :iconbird-photography: Best of 2012 I have featured that image in my latest journal here [link]
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guillaume-dauphin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot !
that's photo contest material ...
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zusse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow this is just amazing!!
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StargazerLZ Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured [link]
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work.
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ABirdNerd Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How beautiful!
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Hi!!! You are in our first feature on Wyld-Art!! [link]
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Digao006 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just Amazing :aww:
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Lady-Lena-LaFaye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible capture! That is a beautiful creature! :faint: :heart:
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gustodelbello Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Mes compliments les plus sincères!!!
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Truly an amazing capture :O Love the story that comes with it :)
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:iconwyld-art-photography:
What a fantastic capture! The method to obtain it is off-the-scale!!! Very very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic shot! What an interesting angle, you don't get to see that very often :D
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phalalcrocorax Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Thanks a lot !!! :D

In fact, it was the point... trying something different :D So... bye bye the 400 and longer lenses.... and hello to the shortest lens available :D
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ERB20 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!

Very nice! You can get some wonderfully intimate shots with a shorter lens especially with camera traps! :D
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Kriloner Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
the shortest? si tu étais un vrai sportif tu aurais utilisé du samyang 8mm ;-)
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PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect work!
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Modernmyth6277 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
okay, holy f*ck O__O can this be even real?? :jawdrop: this is amazing!
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Edris-Kingfisher Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And this one. This one is even better than the other one but nonetheless I love them both!
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Abbey-TerMeer Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
absolutely incredible. i am doing research for a painting (magpie is the subject matter) and i can't help but get distracted by the rest of your gallery... this shot is absolutely incredible. the lighting, the colors, the timing, the position... all incredible. i can't believe you got this kind of shot. beautiful.
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carmendee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
this is of the awsome
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AnastasiaMorning Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student
Epic!
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Spademm Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing capture!!!
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You must have put a lot of effort into this, but you know what? It was definitely worth it! Whenever I tell myself it pointless to get surprised anymore when I see your next pic, it still makes me :jawdrop:
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DimRasha Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
beautiful shot!! Congrats!! :)
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Neaffka Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love action shots! They are very powerful! You did a great job :clap:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: This photo has been featured as one of #Bird-Photography's top submissions in July - it was available on our homepage for a week and is also featured in our news article found here: [link]
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SoulDragonit Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture <3 Love the power in it
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YellowHooves Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This picture is amazing ! I like the effect of the front wing. :)
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Thom44 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
bien joué bonhomme, c'est que du bon :)
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muck7 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Beautiful!
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Emmalemakins Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Photographer
Your photo has been featured here! :) [link]
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Canon
Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
30/1 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
500
Date Taken
Jul 5, 2012, 1:01:54 AM
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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