Don Poulton  

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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3 comments posted

Richard White   Richard White
Don, I like the owl, but the background is disturbing. I think I would have deleted the sky and replaced it with something else. Something with clouds and blue.   Posted: 08/26/2019 14:51:51

Ron Clegg   Ron Clegg
The owl is nice and sharp but the colors seem muted. using a spot meter may help in this situation. The background is a distraction.   Posted: 08/28/2019 08:50:37
Don Poulton   Don Poulton
Thanks, Richard and Ron. I realize that the background is rather distracting, but it's the natural habitat that this owl chose as a place to roost. Replacing it would ruin the nature story.   Posted: 08/28/2019 13:37:37