Randy Dykstra  

Turning on Final...... by Randy Dykstra

November 2020 - Turning on Final......

November 2020 - Randy Dykstra


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Great grey owl found in Yellowstone National Park. The wonderful plumage of this rare owl is on display as he turns prior to landing on a perch. This is but one of the many shots I was able to capture of this magnificent bird. This was shot at 1/2000 f/5.6 and ISO 320

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11 comments posted

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hi Randy, I love the pose of this beauty with the wings spread and tilted to expose the feather detail. The lighting looks quite harsh and background is busy but still is a really nice image. PS. Is this owl near Back Bay Marina in the fishing bridge area? Two years ago I was lucky enough to find a great grey perched on a buoy on Yellowstone lake at the Back Bay Marina. Together with about 20 other photographers I was able to follow it as it hunted for about one mile when it crossed the main road and caught the attention of all the buses and road traffic so hundreds of people flooded the meadow it was trying to in. Bruce   Posted: 11/11/2020 19:48:34
Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
This was some what near that area, but I'll not get more specific than that on a public forum.   Posted: 11/18/2020 23:32:23

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Randy, great capture. It is sharp, the colors of the plumage are beautiful. Unfortunately, the background is very vivid and distracting taking away some of the bird's predominance. I just wonder if you have an image when the owl banks before landing and facing you.   Posted: 11/16/2020 13:56:44
Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
  Posted: 11/16/2020 17:05:27
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
WOW !!! Very Cool   Posted: 11/16/2020 19:17:27

Walt Brunner   Walt Brunner
Randy, this is a great shot, but as Isaac mentioned, the background is over saturated and bright. You might consider using Topaz AI Clear or sharpen to bring out more detail in the owl's feathers. I also really like the montage, very cool!   Posted: 11/18/2020 15:40:57

Marie Costanza   Marie Costanza
Randy, What a gorgeous image! The detail in the awesome wing span is very effective. I also enjoyed the montage. Well done!
  Posted: 11/20/2020 16:29:53

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Randy - I think this is a case of you capturing a rare animal perfectly; the fact it was flying in front of distracting background should not stop you taking it! It looks a lovely bird and you timed your shot perfectly with full wings out and it's head turned slightly to its right. You might be able to darken the greens to help the background. Lovely owl!   Posted: 11/21/2020 12:12:01

Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
I throw up images here with minimal processing, as that is what I was indoctrinated into with "nature" photos, and I do want some feedback. But some dodge and burn would definitely help. I did that and added a blur to the background and a custom vignette. Topaz didn't do much with this image, but I did use a custom action I created that helped. You can see the results on my bird portfolio page near the bottom... http://www.rdykstraphoto.com/birds or wait until about halfway thru my main page slide show.

Isaac - I never did get a full face. I was hoping! Here are a couple frames just after that shot.   Posted: 11/21/2020 14:07:56
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Randy Dykstra   Randy Dykstra
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Randy, great collection of images anyway   Posted: 11/27/2020 19:44:36