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I realise that it isn't normal to convert pictures of owls to Monotone but I am beginning to like black and White or Sepia type images. I am not sure if it works in this instance and would value your opinion.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Jan 2014 - 12:48 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/7.1
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:A Long Eared Owl
Username:RobertTurley RobertTurley
Uploaded:8 Feb 2014 - 7:40 AM
Tags:Birds, Black and white, Long eared owl, Nature and wildlife, Owls, Wildlife / nature
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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
8 Feb 2014 - 7:45 AM

Like it Robert, it would be nice to see both versions,
Fred.

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 334 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 7:49 AM

Yes, it works well, Robert.

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 7:54 AM

I do like it Robert...your mono tones are also perfectly done....could see it hanging in a library or study...excellent shot

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 8:01 AM

Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueTongue

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Mike_Young
8 Feb 2014 - 8:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A very nice shot Robert, but for me it doesn't work in general to convert wildlife images to mono. I feel that such a large part of the owls appeal is in the colour, especially the eyes for instance. I would love to see the colour version of this image.

Conversions that may work (IMO), given the right image, might be... say....Zebras or other creatures with strong patterns or perhaps an animal with strong shadows or caught in strong contrasty light. Just my opinion, but you did ask Smile

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RobertTurley
RobertTurley e2 Member 1RobertTurley vcard United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 - 8:08 AM


Quote: Works well in mono.....should that be Eared..........GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinTongueTongueTongueTongue

Yes - I just put it down to my age.

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NDODS e2 Member 43443 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 8:17 AM

Stunning ornithological imagery. Before the days of colour plates we would be used to seeing such great monochrome images.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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dwarf
dwarf  652 forum posts United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 - 8:45 AM

great image

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7455 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 8:49 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Like this a lot. It's very satisfyingly composed, with the bird sitting in the fork of branches and a good angle on the face.
I'm not into feathery photography, but I enjoy the way b&w makes us see differently. It's more about lines, and underlying structures. The hard, cool sepia works for me (done in Siver Efex I think).
But remember that adding toning to a b&w reduces the dynamic range slightly, mutes your lightest and darkest tones in the image. It's important to check for any light adjustments that may be needed after conversion to b&w, because a perfectly balanced colour image will not convert automatically to perfect b&w; it's also important to check again after adding toning. Here I suspect that a slight Levels adjustment would bring the owl much more to life.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 8 Feb 2014 - 8:50 AM

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 9:34 AM

Excellent capture Robert. For a personal thought I much prefer colour but well done you for experimenting.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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tarkalove
8 Feb 2014 - 9:39 AM

Iam just a beginner my self,but I think its beautiful, ilove the graining in the tree and I think the owls eyes are captured beautifully

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 5:39 PM

Beautiful capture, works surprisingly well in mono.

Best Matt

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10903 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2899 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2014 - 11:27 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I downloaded this and converted it to b&w.

The original image is likely underexposed. I dont know if you still have it, - would be nice to see it. The original has to be really good before you can get away with this.

When I work on the exposure with the converted b&w, its looks very good indeed, - sharp and good contrast.

So I wonder how you got it to this from the original? Toning is something to be careful about, - especially how you do it, as you want to retain the vibrancy of the original without killing contrast.

I think this doesnt work well as it is, but it could, with a well exposed original and careful toning techniques.

I can email you the conversion of you like, just send me a PM with your address.


regards


Willie

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