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Katy's Perch

By sherlob    
Taken at yesterdays Stockley Farm meet. A super day out in excellent company. I can not praise or recommend highly enough the falconers Claire and Garry. They really go the extra mile to ensure a fruitful and enjoyable trip.



PS. Claire - I know you'll be watching out for all the uploads; I hope I have the name right here (I beg your pardon if not).

Tags: General Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: shona, Dorothea, graceland and 40 more

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Dorothea 15 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 4:52PM
What a nice shot

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morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 4:52PM
Super image, great DOF.

29 May 2009 4:54PM
This is nicely positioned on the photo, well done
motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 5:14PM
Very sharp and crisp shot, beautiful pose and light you have caught.
WildLight 12 145 3 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 5:34PM
Great shot of this Barn Owl.
Brilliant composition.
Nice and crisp.
I did a mod as well!

29 May 2009 5:42PM
Lovely clear detailed shot. Nice work.

sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 6:10PM
Cheers all,

Joe - thanks for the mod. Interestingly I nearly posted a version with the bg slightly desaturated, but in the end I was in a little too much of a rush. I agree that its an improvement.

Wilmot 12 338 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 6:33PM
Excellent shot of a beautiful Barny
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4150 Canada
29 May 2009 6:38PM
It is a nice shot, I like the position of the Owl, - and I especialy like that wire fading off into the frame.

It can be difficult sat times to get good detail in the white feathers as they relect quite a bit of light.

Ive loaded a mod where Ive used the shadow/highlight tool to try to improve the bright feathers a little; Ive increased the eye detail by lifting the shadows; and Ive sharpened a little.


29 May 2009 6:56PM
lol yes the name is right.and even spelt the right way!
fab pic
claire xx
arhb 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 7:05PM
Very well composed shot Adam, well captured.
I like Joe's mod too.
andy210966 12 4 119 Wales
29 May 2009 7:21PM
That's a splendid shot! I like it very much!

Have posted a mod as a bit of fun!

AntHolloway 14 168 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 8:16PM
This location and angle was very well sought out so it deserves top marks.

I like your night time mode Andy.

fatmod 14 22 England
29 May 2009 8:19PM
lovely capture
cameragirl 15 43 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 8:35PM
Wonderful image captured! Deserves an RC! Smile
MrsS 13 4.5k 18 England
29 May 2009 9:38PM
Have they got Sue back yet?? Smile

Nice one Adam - - nice to see you posting too Smile

Fran x
Oliverpants 11 2 2 England
29 May 2009 9:41PM
Great shot. Ann
sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
29 May 2009 11:26PM
Thanks guys - and thanks especially for the mods.


andy210966 12 4 119 Wales
30 May 2009 11:39AM
Hi Adam

Thanks for the PM - here is how to achieve the night-time look.

1. Add a Black soft layer.
2. Add a Dark Blue Soft layer.
3. Select Backround image and Ctrl C to paste into Layer Palette beneath the 2 soft Layers and Colourise the Layer to a rich Blue - different images need slightly different variables so just mess with the sliders until you are happy).
4. Merge the Soft Layers and change the Blend Mode of the result to Soft Light.
5. De-Saturate the Backround slightly - you still need colour!
6. Re-adjust the Colourised Layer to suit.
7. Using Erase tool with soft edge - remove the Merged Soft Light layer around the eye to bring the catchlight back.
8. Select the Colourised layer and using a Low Opacity eraser - erase some of the feather to bring back some colour (you still need a Blue cast so a hint of colour is really all you need).
9. Copy the Colourised layer to to the Layer Palette and apply a Gaussian Blur to it and change the Blend to Screen (this gives the image a bit of a glow) and erase what you dont want.
10. When happy - flatten the image and admire!! Wink

Hope anyone who is reading this has fun with it!

30 May 2009 9:39PM
Super capture.
15 May 2013 10:54PM
Hi Adam.
I know its been a long time but do you still have a hi res copy of this picture. I would love a copy for my house.
Hope you are well, come and visit some time. Bring a camera!! Smile

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