The Eyes, the Window to the Soul

By Vladimir Brezina

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54 responses to “The Eyes, the Window to the Soul

  1. Great pictures!!!! I have to geek out though. Camera, lens etc. Inquiring minds want to know!

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  2. brilliant close-ups, taken from the kayak?

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  3. Wow! Stunning set Vlad! What lens do you use?

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  4. WOW!! wonderful!!

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  5. they’re all lovely; what species has the red eye ring? z

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  6. Wow! Great shots!

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  7. Those are amazing close ups….and I love your title :-) what lens do use?

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    • 55-300mm zoom (see my response to quotidianhudsonriver’s question above)…

      An interesting thing is that, about half the time this saying it’s used, it’s given as “Windows are the eyes of the soul”, and the other half of the time, it is “Windows are the eyes to the soul”. Quite different meanings, almost the opposite, in fact…

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  8. vastlycurious.com

    White bird has those red markings around the eyes? Fantastic contrast!

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  9. Finally watched Life of Pi last night so this is very relevant. Beautiful shots!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful!

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  11. Love the title, love your blog! You get really close to the birds with your kayak, that’s a gentle approach.

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  12. Agree, the eyes are the window to the soul. Perhaps you might want to read this, A Bright Vision: http://marygilmartin.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/6830/

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  13. Got to love that lens of yours!!! WOW!! Spectacular!

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  14. I’ve gone back and forth and back and forth but still can’t place the eye in the whole gull. As a closeup, the eye would nicely (well, not so nicely) illustrate a science fiction story. An alarming moment in the story.

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    • There’s a very good reason why you can’t place the eye in the whole gull. It’s not the same photo, although it’s the same gull (I think—there were several). I must have dozens of photos of that gull. I thought that particular photo of the whole gull would better show its overall characteristics with a view to identification, whereas the first photo, of its eye with its beak buried in its feathers, is indeed somewhat sinister… Do birds even have a soul? ;-)

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  15. Good Evening: Nice work! The extreme closeups work great in conjunction with the square or nearly square formats. Vonn Scott Bair

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  16. Good choice of subject matter. Beautiful shots!

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  17. nice attention to details.

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  18. Wow sort of creepy and beautiful at the same time. An eerie beauty. Love the photos!

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  19. The eyes always have it. Thanks for including the shot of the whole gull too. Beautiful shots!

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  20. Hi Valdimir! Wonderful Shots! What kind of camera do you use?

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  21. Wonderful shots !
    I always thought that birds have frozen eyes… then a frozen, spooky soul.
    Ciao

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  22. Wow! I have a D50 with a 70-300mm lens and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten quite that close! Very nice!

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    • You just need some tame birds. Actually, I take that back—these birds weren’t tame at all, but rather self-confident. They knew where the line dividing the human domain from their own domain lay, and were confident enough to do their thing very close to that line…

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  23. Wow – truly amazing photos.

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  24. Oh wow, Vlad, these are gorgeous. That last one is crazy beautiful. xxx

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  25. I find your last photograph appealing for its way-off-center placement of the eye, for its distribution of light and shadow, and for the feather details in the lower right corner.

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