Candy Childrey, PPSA  

Great Horned Owl Portrait by Candy Childrey, PPSA

December 2019 - Great Horned Owl Portrait

December 2019 - Candy Childrey, PPSA


About the Image(s)

The image this month is a great horned owl portrait. The image was flipped, texture added to background, sharpened, stroke added. The distractions in the background were minimized with content aware fill before adding the texture.

f/8, 1/60 sec, iso 250, focal length 221- 35 mm equiv 443

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

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Wow, what a transformation from a ho-hum photo to a fabulous portrait!

I've got to use Content Aware Fill and textures more!

Can't wait for your notes on Stroke. Did you have to do anything to bring in the tiny ear feathers?
  Posted: 12/01/2019 16:37:19
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
No, nothing special to bring out tiny feathers. The texture was added, and I used multiply blend mode at reduced opacity. Because the original background was so bright, the darker texture and blend mode brought the feathers to the top of the layer.   Posted: 12/05/2019 13:14:55
Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Thanks for letting me know about how you did (or didn't do ;-)) the ear feathers. Thanks for the stroke notes! Somehow, I thought stroke was outlining items IN the picture (this has a different name, can't think of it) to make them stand out. I didn't realize it was adding a very thin border to define the pic. So nice of you!   Posted: 12/25/2019 19:38:35

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Again a great shot but more so the treatment of the image. The background sure lets the bird stand out. The detail in the bird is all there.   Posted: 12/01/2019 21:42:34

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
A perfect portrait and I love the way you have handled the background.   Posted: 12/10/2019 08:18:11

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wow... I love the way you cleaned up the distracting background. This owl gaze is quite striking.
I love it!   Posted: 12/14/2019 10:34:59

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
(Groups 8 & 18)
Beautiful image and you have created a terrific background to highlight this old owl !   Posted: 12/19/2019 15:27:50

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a really amazing shot. The colors are really nice and the background really adds to the bird. It really brings out the feathers.   Posted: 12/22/2019 20:08:33