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Great Horned Owl by Don Poulton

August 2019 - Great Horned Owl

August 2019 - Don Poulton

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August 2019 - Don Poulton

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About the Image(s)

In March of last year, I spotted this Great Horned Owl on a tree branch at the Circle B Bar Ranch near Lakeland, FL. He was rather sleepy in the late morning, and was in a shaded spot where the contrast was quite high on a sunny morning. He was not moving much, so I tried the set of 2 stops bracketing on him to try and reduce the extreme contrast. The + exposure was slightly blurry and blown out of detail in most of the images, so I deleted it and tone mapped the other images in Aurora HDR Efex Pro 2 (which still works properly for me in Windows 10 despite some warnings that have been given). I then cropped the image and removed a distracting twig using the spot healing brush in Photoshop.


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