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Short-eared Owl

By MickWest  
This stunning owl was photographed 5 miles from where i live last March. This was one of over twenty birds present!!!

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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strokebloke Plus
9 493 17 England
12 Dec 2011 9:08PM
Spot-on Mick. Nothing wrong with this. Gorgeous colour and detail.
Presumably already on your website?
I'm just glad I'm not a rodent Smile

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Thanks for that Jack,much appreciated Smile I will listen to ALL comments posted and try to improve my work as much as i can!!
Not sure if it is on the website Jack!
Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
12 Dec 2011 9:27PM
Hi Mick,

This is good but it looks a bit underexposed and a check in levels confirms it.
I've added a mod. in which I've adjusted that and added a catrchlight to his eye.
If it's not on the website, it ought to be.
Hope this helps.

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
12 Dec 2011 9:38PM
Really good shot, - especially as this is a wild bird. Sharp and well focused, with a good composition. Could only be bettered I think if it was a portrait format to include all the bird.

Ive loaded a mod with space cropped from the left to place the eye on a third.

Very slightly under exposed, and a little cool, so corrected in the mod.

Very slight background noise visible, removed using Noise Ninja. Enhanced eye catchlight that was already there.

Hope this is helpful,


Thanks Willie and Bren for your helpful advise and the very good modifications to my photo. I liked the results. I don't realy do anything to my images apart from the odd crop and to sometimes alter the levels!! I'm not too good on the computer and i only use Zoombrowser EX.
Cheers Mick
13 Dec 2011 2:00AM
hey Mick see that you are getting good response well done mate
paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2011 8:32AM
This looks fine initially, and basically is so. I wonder if you have done something to the background - after looking a while, the background starts to jar a bit - it is so monotone as to be suspicious. I would flick the dodge tool across the eye to brighten the yellow and come in much closer on that head - cropping most o the background.

(hello Tosh - have a good Christmas.)
perkyjude Plus
6 46 11 England
13 Dec 2011 4:12PM
Liking Jesterclowns mod version. Franks is wild, but not for I prefer the softer natural background colour. Stunning capture - well done.
19 Dec 2011 10:27PM
Thank you for your helpfull comments and for the three mods. I must agree, Bren, yours is my prefered mod, but the others have given me some ideas. Once again, thank you! Smile

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