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On the hunt

By Cliff_P
I've had the pleasure over the last few weeks to watch the Barn Owls hunting in the early mornings. Both Male and Female took it in turns to come out and get breakfast for the Owlets.

Amazing just to watch them never mind a reasonable photograph.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Barn owl Bird Wildlife and nature

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
12 Jul 2020 10:39AM
Hi Cliff and welcome to the Critique Gallery.

I can see from your pf that you are a competent photographer and have some really good wildlife stuff there.
There are a few things we could do with knowing before critiquing this image..

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We are here to help, and to give you the best feedback that we possibly can, but it would be very much appreciated if you could help us to more easily help YOU.
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Do you have any questions you would like answered?
Did you alter the bg ?
Did you do any post processing, if so what did you do ?

A little more input from you and a few questions answered would help us big style.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
12 Jul 2020 12:44PM
Welcome from me too.

In addition to some answers to Janet's questions, it would also be helpful to see the original complete frame. That's useful in the Critique Gallery and appropriate here as the bird is very central so seeing the original capture would allow us to suggest alternative crops.

That's what I've done in my mod, extending the canvas to the left to give a better balanced image and give the bird room to 'fly into'.

I suspect a significant crop, but it's acceptably sharp so your technique is good.
However, and cropping in makes it more noticeable, there is a blue edge noticeable around the vole. This may have been made more so by sharpening, so I removed it using the Defringe tool.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2371 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2020 12:57PM
It's an extremely good shot, we really do need to know what critique you are looking for.

OK, I'm not a wildlifer, so just a few random points. I think it benefits from a wee bit of lightening, the sky looks slightly drab. I simply added 8% brightness and made a Levels tweak bringing the right hand slider in a bit, then a bit of very gentle dodging on the face.

Keith has mentioned to blue edge, I'm afraid it was just about the first thing I noticed. It runs along the darker edges, the prey plus the breast, face and right wing, so I assume it's simply chromatic aberration, possibly exacerbated by sharpening. I did a bit of discreet cloning, file blown up, tiny brush, to remove the worst of it.

And then it's a question of placement. If this is cropped down from a larger file it would help to see the original. The bird is placed a bit to the left of centre, with more space behind than in front. Space behind a subject is usually wasted space... Keith has added more space for it to fly into, I have also added space below to add a sense of height. Just suggestions.

Over to you...
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1805 England
12 Jul 2020 3:58PM
Welcome from me, too.

As above - the first thing that struck me was the wiry edge to the bird, followed by the very central position.

The more you can tell us, the more we can help you - and a conversation always works well.
DaveRyder Plus
6 5.1k 7 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2020 8:33AM
Good Morning,

To add my bit to the above comments, I've added a Mod.
The aim to increase the blue in the sky to have the owl standout more. Enhance the shading of the Owls shading and draw out some details.

Reduced Highlights and Increased Shadow a little.
Saturation slightly increased
Details enhancement plus some sharpening.
Some denoise to compensate for increases introduced by above.
Some contrast adjustments to Highlights and Shadows - nothing to mid-tones.

Finally a little change in crop to centre the owl vertically but off set to the right horizontally.

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