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Young Barn Owl

By CH_Tymbl    
Photo taken at the National Botanical Garden of Wales where a Falconry Display demonstration from the Black Mountain were there.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Trev_B 15 151 68 England
23 Jul 2013 9:35PM
Hi Chris a lovely detailed image that suits the square crop, I would preferred to see a little more room around the bird particularly in front of the owl. The eyes need lifting as they appear slightly dead against the wonderful detail of the plumage. In my mod I have used the dodge tool to bring out the catchlights in the eyes.

23 Jul 2013 9:52PM
Hi Trev,
Thanks very much for your feedback and taking the time to create and upload a mod. I can see what you mean about the eyes, in your mod they have got a lovely sparkle and brings the owl to life.
The rule of leaving space in front of the owl's gaze was missed by me until you mentioned it. I think I was too pre-occupied by the plumage and did not examine the whole picture. A lesson learned.....
Thanks again,
johnlw 15 1 10 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 10:02PM
What a terrific close up the detail is outstanding. I was the same as you I looked at the plumage and not the eyes but Trev's Mod improve it again.Winkstill very nice.
Regards John.
23 Jul 2013 10:30PM
Hi John,
Many thanks for your comments. Yes Trev's mod has improved it no end with just a simple tweek to the eyes.
I was extremely pleased with this shot myself, but it does take a fresh pairs of eyes to look at a photo and apply objectivity to it.
Kindest regards.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4321 Canada
24 Jul 2013 12:48AM
Hi Chris.

This is a great learning shot.

Its way, way over-sharpened; its way over-saturated; white balance is off; and the crop is way to close to the face on the right.

Sorry to sound negative, but you wont learn unless obvious issues are brought to your attention.

Can you tell me what method you used to sharpen? maybe I can help with it. Animals and birds that have coarse, hair like feathers need to be sharpened carefully, as its easy to go over the top.

Make sure your monitor is calibrated, - theres a free online calibration tool called calibrize which is decent, - not as good as the Spyder type, but better than nothing.

Ive put up two mods, - the second one will look better. You will notice much less saturation, and when you think about it, Owls in general are not terribly colourful!

The mods have sharpness reduced; saturation way down; eye detail lifted; feather detail improved using the highlight tool in CS; cropped with less height and more space on the right. Please view large.

Do you shoot in RAW? If you do, and have the raw file, I can look at it more closely if you can mail it to me at [email protected]

Owls eye are extremely dark, - thats normal, and the best you can get is some light reflections if they are there, as in this one.

Hope this helps.

I have to give my monitor a rest now as I think youve used up all its coloursGrin


24 Jul 2013 8:06PM
Hello Willie,

Thank you again for your input on the Young Barn Owl, your comments are always taken as they are meant. As you quite rightly pointed out without the frankness of people like you I will never improve my photography.

Unfortunately this photograph was shot in RGB not RAW. Recently I have been shooting in dual mode, RAW and RGB.

As I think I have mentioned before, my photo editing skills are even more limited than my photography. This photo was edited entirely in the software supplied with the camera. I have updated 2 mods where I have toned down on the bright colours, don't want to overwork your monitor again Grin The first mod I uploaded in error, it is the 2nd of my mods I would like your thoughts on if you would be so kind.

Kindest regards,

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 9:48PM
You mean RAW and JPG. RGB is a different thing altogether. That relates to the colour space used, not the type of file saved. RAW and JPG will both be using RGB colour space, or AdobeRGB, but the former is best for most purposes.

25 Jul 2013 6:51AM
Hi Paul,

I stand corrected mate.

It's been a long tough day at work. Blush


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