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I think this is an European Eagle Owl. managed to get quite close for this shot. A bot of a shame that the eyes are a little out of focus.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-200mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Apr 2012 - 3:15 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Owl Eyes
Username:stu7131 stu7131
Uploaded:9 Apr 2012 - 10:01 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature, Wildlife/birds
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2012 - 10:17 PM

Great detail captured.
Matt

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NickCoker
NickCoker  9
9 Apr 2012 - 10:23 PM

Striking! The severe crop enhances the shot but unfortunately highlights the fact that the eyes are not in sharp focus. I would do my best to repeat the shot aiming to get the eyes in focus for an A*. Slightly greater depth of field or more selective focus on the eyes. Great shot nevertheless!

Regards,

Nick.

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2012 - 11:09 PM

The eyes are slightly out of focus, but the feather detail is stunning - and it is still a lovely image.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 3:40 AM

A really nice shot Stu, except as pointed out, the eyes are not sharp. The ca,era has focused on the feathers in front of the eyes. Are you using multple focus points, or just one? You should select a single point to use, place it on the nearest eye and your focus will improve quite a bit.


I tried a mod the eyes as sharp as I can get them to see the difference, but they are too soft to respond.


Keep in mind that f/f.6 at 200mm gives very litle room for error as the dof is so shallow, so accurate focusing is essential. A brilliant shot if you had the eyes.


W

Last Modified By banehawi at 10 Apr 2012 - 3:45 AM

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 9:13 AM

Hi Stu,

Good capture and I agree with the above comments but there are a couple of things you can try if your using "Elements/Ps etc" to sharpen the eye's. At this point I must admit that sharpening is not my strong point but this will give you an idea for something you can try on a copy.

No1. Using the "Unsharpen mask" set the radious to 0.7 and the threshold to 3 and move the slider until you get the eye's the best you can, then erase the sharpening from the rest of the image.

No 2. In filters select "Emboss" and use the settings below, all images are different for very high resolution images you could use a-little higher settings and for low resolution images you could use lower settings.
Set the angle default 135
Height around 2-6 pixels
Amount around 100-150%
Once you have applied the filter in blending mode to "Overlay" and then desaturate the layer to get rid of the noise that will probably appear. You may then need to align it with the original layer below (move tool or arrow keys) because the offset nature of the emboss filter.
Once you are happy you may need to reduce the opacity of the emboss layer and once you've flattened it you can use the unsharp mask to make any slight final adjustments.

Mod 1 = No1
Mod 2 = No2

Have a play you have nothing to loose (on a copy)

I hope you find this helpful

Take care
Martin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2668 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 5:06 PM

No amount of post processing sharpening can sharpen whats out of focus. The original has to be in focus, and just a touch soft for sharpening to work. The sharpening algorithms are designed to correct lens blur, and Gaussian blur, not unfocused areas.


regards


Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom825 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 5:47 PM

Very strong, but the eyes are not sharp enough - nearly, but not quite. The beak is, but, by choice the focal point should be the eyes, or more depth of field to include both.

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 6:55 PM


Quote: No amount of post processing sharpening can sharpen whats out of focus. The original has to be in focus, and just a touch soft for sharpening to work. The sharpening algorithms are designed to correct lens blur, and Gaussian blur, not unfocused areas.


regards


Willie

Who said enything about working miracle's. I've showed two ways which may or may not improve the image and two ways which are used by alot of PS and CS users.

L&K'S

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stu7131
stu7131  4 Wales
4 Jul 2012 - 9:38 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. I shall try a bit harder next time, just a shame the eyes are out of focus. We live and learn.

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