Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati  


Owl Taking Off by Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati

February 2021 - Owl Taking Off

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i was watching the little owl and when i heard his mate calling him i knew that he is going to take off any moment and i took this moment


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Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Great image. Love it. The eye is so sharp. Love the contrast from the bird to the tree. The owl stands out. The only thing I would change would be to clone out the white light in the right corner. Great catch!   Posted: 02/05/2021 14:05:07
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
thanks for your comment and the note about the distracted area. attach the edit I did for that area and I hope it will be solved by it.
thanks so much   Posted: 02/06/2021 13:51:50
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Nice find on the owl I think they are very elusive and you were fortunate to find him. I do like how you caught him taking off showing the blur of the wing implying movement. I do wonder what your camera settings were because I think his body is just a bit soft although the eye is what catches our attention and that is nice and sharp.   Posted: 02/05/2021 16:27:04
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
thanks Bruce, yeah they are not easy to find but i was that day with an expert who knew how to track them as they were 2 to 4 "Little Owls"
my camera setting was: 1/2500 F8 ISO 1600
i was under him waiting for the moment he would start jumping. as because he is kind small, that why his wind shows blurry as i needed higher shutter but because at early morning i didn't have enough sunlight   Posted: 02/06/2021 23:56:50
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
I know those early morning shots are tricky. I really like going out at sunrise to shoot birds also, but like you said a fast shutter speed is needed and the light is too dim for a low ISO therefore I always get noise which tends to soften the image.   Posted: 02/07/2021 09:15:03



Alex Cohen   Alex Cohen
I love the eye on the owl! Fantastic detail. I'm also a big fan of the movement in the wing that really gives the viewer the knowledge that it was taking off. I agree on the distraction of the brightness up towards the top right, but I saw your edit based on the other comment and it looks fantastic.   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:55:54
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
Thanks for ur comment 😊   Posted: 02/28/2021 16:11:11



Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
You certainly got the eye sharp which important when photographing birds or any animals. I don't mind some blur to show movement, however, in this image nothing is sharp except the eye and the foreground. In my opinion, the the foreground is overwhelming and a tighter crop would be needed as well as a faster shutter speed.   Posted: 02/10/2021 11:00:22
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
Well cropping the photo more would sometimes shows less story telling and thats why i kept more so the viewer can see more where i took this shoot

Thanks for passing and comment   Posted: 02/28/2021 16:13:17



Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Agree with the others so far I am surprised at the noise in the wings though, unless you cropped alot. Nice catch.

I have been hanging out with too many birders. Sharp eye and motion is most impressive. If you shot with the 5DSR at 1200 iso I would be surprised about the noise but do not know how much you cropped. Owls are wise evaders.

  Posted: 02/11/2021 18:10:59
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
Actually cropped not much but maybe as my friends informed me that i need to clean my camera sensor …
  Posted: 02/28/2021 16:14:43



Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
The photo has impact! I can feel the tension of the impending liftoff. The focus is a little soft.   Posted: 02/24/2021 15:59:17
Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati   Maitham Aqueel Al Lawati
Thanks ™🏻   Posted: 02/28/2021 16:15:01