Ella Schreiber, QPSA, APSA  

Sonora Desert Museum  by Ella Schreiber, QPSA, APSA

May 2022 - Sonora Desert Museum

About the Image(s)

We recently ventured to the Sonora Desert Museum located just outside Tucson, Arizona for a class on Dot Shot focus. While there we had an opportunity to practice at the raptor show with ring-side positions. A FF camera with a shutter of 1/4000, F4.5, ISO 250. To my eye, the background was distracting so, I removed the bird and selected a grey for the background instead. Converted to BW using NIK, cropped, sharpened using high pass, added a slight vignette, and a 3px medium grey stroke and called it done.
This owl was “talking” to us the entire time she was with us. They did tell us the owl was a female and she is usually vocal. My regret was that I am not conversant in owl and could only “catch” a few of her vocalizations… but plan on enrolling in a class so that on the next visit we will be able to communicate in Owl. 

8 comments posted

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Very well caught, Ella! Position of the wings spot on and the owl looking directly into the camera a real bonus. Your choice of background works well with no distractions.
A minor gripe - the highlight on the branch behind the owl is a little bright IMHO.   Posted: 05/04/2022 06:25:47
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Peter... thank you for your suggestion... I think you not only have eagle eyes... B U T owl eyes as well. I did go back and darken that branch and it DOES make a big difference. Thanks again!   Posted: 05/04/2022 09:39:38

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ella, what a brilliant bird picture!

Sort out that highlight and this must be a winner.   Posted: 05/12/2022 01:21:57
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi John: Thank you for your very nice comment   Posted: 05/21/2022 19:09:02

Nick Delany   Nick Delany
This is a wonderful Bird in flight capture. There is great detail and contrast. I might suggest a subtle brightening of the owl's eyes to make them the focal point.
That we would both convert an owl image from a raptor centre the same month is quite a coincidence but owls do make great B&W subjects.
We both used NIK and I wondered whether you used SEP2 or CEP4 in your conversion. If you used CEP4, did you consider adding a Detail Extractor filter after the B&W conversion?   Posted: 05/13/2022 17:04:02
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Nick: Thank you for your nice comments and suggestion. I only used NIK and Photoshop on this image - nothing else.   Posted: 05/21/2022 19:08:28

Ed Ries
Wonderful capture and timing. I love the detail in the feathers, and the fact that the bird is looking directly at me. (I hope it doesn't see me as dinner). Really strong composition and an excellent job in replacing the background.
The bird photography enthusiast in my local photo club would be envious.   Posted: 05/21/2022 14:27:49
Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: Shooting wildlife is sometimes being in the right place at the right time with the right camera, lens and settings. I was shooting into the sun and, she was lit beautifully. I had my lucky horseshoe with me the entire time :-)   Posted: 05/21/2022 19:15:24


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