Richard Siersma  

Who me? by Richard Siersma

October 2017 - Who me?

How I Did It

This is a repost of May's submission which had a strong BG that impinged on the subject. I used Topaz ReMask to remove the owl from the original BG and replaced it with clouds. It was an unusual atmospheric condition which created a cloud condition that looked much like waves on a lake. I was fortunate enough to have my camera at hand and capture the moment. I then boosted the orange of eyes slightly using PS.

3 comments posted

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
As a reminder I went back to the May image and there is no doubt that this is indeed a huge improvement; the clouds do resemble water. The boosting of the eyes may perhaps be a little overkill but to me they emphasise the feeling that he is coming straight for me. Who was it said "the eyes (ayes) have it!)" Well done!
  Posted: 10/01/2017 07:19:47

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Rick, this is a startling image. The owl's eyes immediately capture my attention. Their location within the frame are perfect! I like what you've done with the BG. It "fits" the image without distracting from it. If there's anything that I would modify it is the sharpness of the wing tips. It seems to me that they would be slightly blurred with motion given that the owl is actively flying.   Posted: 10/01/2017 10:30:47

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
I love flying bird photography. You have caught this owl with a striking pose. The new background makes the owl stand out. The eyes may be a little overdone, but they sure draw you into the image. I don't mind the blurred wing in the foreground since the owl is in flight.   Posted: 10/15/2017 14:56:02


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