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By Bigpoolman
7 weeks old and brother and sister it was thought.

The image is edited in LR and PS. It has been cropped, highlights,shadows, blacks whites and clarity adjusted, the background darkened and finally sharpened.

Not sure if this classes as a nature shot as they were sat on the arm of a handler ?

Comments very welcome


Tags: Summer Nature Lakes Wildlife and nature 2017 LeightonMoss

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
18 Aug 2017 3:23PM
Good colour in this one.

A slight decrease in exposure gives better white detail, and in the mod I set the black level using the left birds ring around the eye, gives it a slight contrast boost.

I notice you are using exposure compensation that usually wont have any effect when shooting in Manual, - unless the Mark IV is doing something different?

For me its nature, but in the category of captive wildlife


18 Aug 2017 3:33PM
Thanks Willie, see what you mean. How did you set the black level? I can modify that manually but not sure what you mean by setting it using the eye ring and it sounds interesting.

I use the exposure compensation in manual as I have auto ISO set with manual aperture/speed. The idea is to protect against blown highlights and was a tip that a wildlife photographer gave me.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2017 4:09PM
I like this a lot. Double portraits of any species, human or otherwise, are always tricky. Two individuals competing for the camera's attention... But there's a nice balance here.

Two entirely different points:

Firstly you have isolated the background I think in order to work on it separately, probably to blur it, and there are some hard cut-out edges. In particular look at the background bird on the left - the side of the breast and the feather tufts on top of the head; and on the bird to the right, the right flank at the edge of the frame.

I would like to see the original. But in general, making adjustments like that to a background behind fluffy fur, feathers or hair is tricky and should be approached with caution!

Secondly regarding categories / tags, I agree that the site's main headings are not always useful. This clearly isn't Wildlife but 'Pets & domestic animals' doesn't really cover birds of prey, any more than it covers highland cattle or hill sheep.

But then we still don't have a category for seascapes...
18 Aug 2017 4:29PM

Ive added the version post LR processing (mod2) but before I shipped it into PS to mess about with the background. In the main this was just darkened. I know what you mean but my selection skills aren't good enough to avoid the problem that you highlighted.
I did wonder about 'nature' as much for entering it into a club competition as much as the site labels.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2017 4:53PM
Thanks for adding the 'next stage back'. I rather like the background, it has interest and texture without being distracting. But I've had a go at a very quick modification.

I isolated the background including the fluffy white feathers that overlay it. Then I feathered by five pixels and made a Levels adjustment, pushing the left hand and middle sliders to the right but the right hand slider a little to the left. That darkens dark and mid tones while preserving lighter tones.

Then I used the burn tool very gently over the lighter strip on the right.

Just a suggestion as an alternative approach.

With regard to club competitions, I would check with the club what their criteria are - this is an issue that can cause quite violent arguments among wildlifers!
femape 3 Argentina
18 Aug 2017 4:57PM
Excelente imagen.
18 Aug 2017 5:22PM
Thanks Moira, I like the result. I will have a go.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2017 5:34PM
Remember that you will need to increase the feathering margin proportionally for a larger file.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
19 Aug 2017 2:44PM
Nothing to add...
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2017 4:00PM
A nice image in general. I understand the comments aove and there can be some advantage in auto ISO in manual, but not with set piece or planned shots, because you are not strictly on manual. Only a st ISO with set aperture and shutter speed is truly manual because you are still letting the camera make the final decision which will effect the tonal range depending on what some programmer thinks is right, not what you want.

The wildlife photographer was not strictly correct with his advice. Manual is manual.

This is a natural history shot. They are live birds and thus animals. In this case, they may be wild, but even if the hand were in shot, you still have a NH record of Barn owls.


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