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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 8 493 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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12 Dec 2011 9:21PM
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 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 3771 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,


12 Dec 2011 9:57PM
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 10 123 1195 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 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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