Richard Siersma  

Who me? by Richard Siersma

October 2017 - Who me?

About the Image(s)

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.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 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

David Cooke   David Cooke
This is a very striking image, Richard. As it stands though the owl looks as if it has been cut out and imposed on the background. I took the liberty of taking it into Photoshop and running around the edges of the owl with the 'blur' tool to soften the edges. For me, this makes it a lot more realistic - see below.   Posted: 10/24/2017 02:12:23
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Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Interesting modification. I tried a combination of motion blur and "normal" blur to carry the idea even further... see below.   Posted: 10/24/2017 15:55:16
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John Yurchak   John Yurchak
In this photo the eyes have you looking straight at them and the color guides you to this part of the photo. The composition of the wing adds to the flight of the bird. I might like the front wing just a bit sharper.   Posted: 10/26/2017 16:57:48

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
Thanks to everyone for your comments, Dave and Oliver I see the improvement; I'm going to print each one up to see which one I like the better.   Posted: 10/31/2017 07:04:07