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Owl Eyes

By stu7131
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.

Tags: Wildlifeandbirds Wildlife and nature

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paskinmj 7 11 1 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2012 10:17PM
Great detail captured.
Matt

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9 Apr 2012 10:23PM
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.
Suehh 9 39 6 England
9 Apr 2012 11:09PM
The eyes are slightly out of focus, but the feather detail is stunning - and it is still a lovely image.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3555 Canada
10 Apr 2012 3:40AM
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.


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mhfore 9 6 176 England
10 Apr 2012 9:13AM
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
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3555 Canada
10 Apr 2012 5:06PM
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
paulbroad 9 117 1075 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 5:47PM
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.
mhfore 9 6 176 England
10 Apr 2012 6:55PM

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
4 Jul 2012 9:38PM
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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