Rusty Pinckney  

Whoo are you looking at? by Rusty Pinckney

May 2020 - Whoo are you looking at?

About the Image(s)

With little opportunity for photography since I've been compliant with the “stay at home” mandate, I was fortunate that a Great Horned Owl landed in a tree adjacent to my home. I grabbed my Canon Power Shot SX10IS and took a series of images. Most were directly forward, but I liked this one with its head turned. I post edited with Elements toning the edges with a vignette to focus on the subject given that the owl landed mid-afternoon of bright sunshine.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Lucky to be there at the right time! It's unusual to see owls out during the day as they are usually nocturnal.

The addition of a vignette helps to focus on the bird, but there is really too much foliage relative to the owl. By cropping a lot off the right and bottom, even more focus is put on the bird. I also added some contrast and sharpening to help it pop a little more. Thoughts?   Posted: 05/18/2020 15:28:43
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Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Excellent crop!!!!!!! it bring your hooter even closer. Very cool. Very jealous.   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:04:10

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Hi Rusty - nice find. I tried a few things. Darkened the greens to help isolate the bird. Put a little pop in his/her eye. Tried to even out the vignette - so it didn't look like a vignette.   Posted: 05/18/2020 16:53:52
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Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
Great shot! I've gotten a few shots of great horned owls through the years but none with eyes SO wide open. The composition and textures are super. I like Dan's treatment to really make the owl pop.   Posted: 05/18/2020 17:27:16

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Thanks everyone for your comments. The Great Horned's arrival was special. I prefer Dan's changes because the owl really pops. I think I'd leave a bit more at the bottom, cropping just above the V of the tree branch. To my eye it looks like his tail is falling out the image.   Posted: 05/18/2020 21:33:01