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Another Go at My Owl....

By WelshKiwi  
Morning All.

Thought I would have another go at this processing lark Smile

Ive not done as much work on this image as the one I posted yesterday, In the Raw Converter, I checked the blacks and slid the slider back.

I lightened it a little, I sharpened a little, and I moved the vibrance slider only slightly as I did agree with Cheryl that it was a tad too red yesterday.

Oh, and I left it "AS SHOT, and didnt change that setting at all.

Then I cropped it to make it square.

Im practising to see what the different buttons and sliders do lol Smile

Technie details are, so you know where I went wrong Smile

Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
Aperture F/8
Iso 400
Focal length: 300mm

The comments I got yesterday were very helpful.

Today a fair few of us will be thinking of Lindyn as he is laid to rest and can sleep in Gods Garden without anymore pain.

Im sure he will be watching our antics as normal with delight, he so loved seeing our images of things we had all got up to.

Lee Smile

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peugeot406 14 7 1 England
13 May 2008 10:05AM
Super image
GMKhamish 13 1 2 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 10:38AM
DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
13 May 2008 11:08AM
A super picture.

Can you read this?

Y Y 4 ME

Its an owl thing.
BarbaraR 15 1.1k 1 England
13 May 2008 11:22AM
Fab shot. These owls do make me smile.
Well done.

Shroomer 14 14 167 England
13 May 2008 11:23AM
Splendid full on portrait showing a lot of fine detail
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 12:14PM
I echo what BabaraR said, I did laugh when I saw it. But the detail and the colours are exquisite.
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 1:22PM
Excellent shot and I've just checked out your previous shot and this is a great improvement.
Nice fine detail, good control in the highlights and I love the composition and the eye contact.
delboy1145 Plus
13 30 10 England
13 May 2008 1:43PM
Worked for me, just added a different view point
WelshKiwi 13 3.2k 2 Wales
13 May 2008 6:50PM
Thanks for taking the time to comment guys, its what Im really needing at the moment.

I really need to know if I am improving in my processing, Im not expecting miracles but knowing Im heading the right way is something at least.

So, all you Birdie people out there..... Does this look right, have I done the processing better than yesterdays.

Crit as hard as you like, Im good for it Smile

Lee Smile
csurry 19 9.2k 92
13 May 2008 7:19PM
It's better processed but as an image it does nothing for me.

Oh and I know if you went back in my portfolio about 5 years and if they were still there I'd probably have taken the same shot.

Whilst photography isn't about copying as such it is about looking at the work of others and figuring out what makes the image better (or not) than the hundreds of similar ones of the same subject.

Cheeps best feature is his almost perfect facial disk and his eyes.

So that's where the focus of any image should be. Alternatively like one in my portfolio a side on shot works well, just because it is not the norm.

However, that all said, focus and exposure are good Smile
culturedcanvas 15 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
13 May 2008 9:22PM
I thought id come and offer a crit as well .... The image is technically fine but I agree Cheryl that the image isnt overly strong. The pose could work ok if the image had more of a graphic element to it. For me that would mean a high contrast background or vibrant colour that really makes more of the shape of the owl and gives a totally flat clean background to the shot.

Cheryls points are equally valid too and make perfect sense from a more natural and wilflife orientated perspective. There are other types of shot from birds that can be enjoyed tho and creating that poster style graphic image is just one of them.

Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
13 May 2008 9:26PM
all been said above, Lee.
I myself prefer to see bird shots with their environment, rather than a really close crop, as I think that would make the shot stronger and you can relate the birds more to their environment.
WelshKiwi 13 3.2k 2 Wales
13 May 2008 9:40PM
Thanks Dan and Cole.

Im going to try a different one tomorrow, just to show you I did get some different ones lol Smile#

Im learning a lot about myself, (a) I like to go in close with everything. (b) Im still thinking film (slide) as well, and Im cropping in the camera and forgetting I can leave more room and crop later.

All in the mind set though I suppose.

My main concern is the processing, thats what Im needing help with, I can never figure out how much to do, when is too much, too much, etc.

But, Im sure it will come and after all its been a matter of weeks rather than months with all this digital/processing stuff.

Although Ive dabbled, Ive not done eveything together, proplerly, or by myself Smile

Great help though guys.

Lee Smile
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
13 May 2008 10:21PM
Great detail and capture Lee, it works for me but I'm easy... well you know that

rowarrior 13 4.4k 9 Scotland
15 May 2008 1:04PM
Glad you found the top of his head, although his body has some odd angles, looks artificially cropped on the left, so maybe just his head alone would be great. Still better than I would have done though lol

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