Marge Barham  

Like a Halo  by Marge Barham

June 2022 - Like a Halo

About the Image(s)

This cute little Burrowing Owl caught my eye with its bright halo around him. Even with Summer approaching quickly I am still stuck in Spring mode.
My camera was Canon 80D with a Canon 100-400mm lens. Settings were f8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200 and focal length set at 400mm.

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10 comments posted

Gabriele Dellanave   Gabriele Dellanave
As always your images, Marge, have some kind of poetry to show. This little bird is the proof. Well taken image for a transitional season.   Posted: 06/04/2022 06:42:36
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Gabriele for your thoughts.
  Posted: 06/16/2022 19:36:21

Kurtis Sutley   Kurtis Sutley
I like how you composed this image. I like how you put the subject on the right with it looking into the image. In my opinion that is so much more comfortable. I'm glad you were able to capture one eye. I left the crop as you had it but there is a case to be made for less distracting(?) background. I think the subject was a bit too dark for my taste so I reduced the shadows and darkened the background by selecting the "select subject" mask and then inverting. I also reduced saturation in the blue and added a relatively strong vignette. I ended by lightening the under-feathers and brightening the eye and beak to my taste. Overall, a very nice capture of a daytime owl. That doesn't happen often.   Posted: 06/05/2022 22:00:03
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Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Kurtis thank you for taking so much time with your editing. My owl needed to be lighter and the background needed to be darker. You did a great job doing both. Thank you.
  Posted: 06/16/2022 20:02:07

Art Jacoby   Art Jacoby
I do like how he is looking at you so this isn't the usual butt shot. I agree with Kurtis' suggestions. I cropped more tightly, brightened the face and darkened the background.   Posted: 06/06/2022 22:31:01
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Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Nice changes Art. Thanks.
  Posted: 06/16/2022 19:57:47

Regine Guillemin
Nice shot! very unusual and precious . It is great I think that we can see its profile, eye and beak. I also agree with Art processing. I hope one day I 'll have a chance to capture an owl as well. How and where did you find her ? I would be very interested in hearing more about your story. Thank you   Posted: 06/13/2022 21:01:34
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Regine. It is unusual for me to see these cuties in trees. They are Burrowing Owls and they live and nest underground. We have a few groups of them in southern Florida and I have heard many call the Cape Coral area home but I have been photographing them for years a little closer to home, at Brian Piccolo Park, Hollywood, FL. They measure up to 10" height, 24" wing span and weigh 8.5 oz and are just the adorable to watch.   Posted: 06/16/2022 19:57:04

Sylvia Bacon   Sylvia Bacon
Marge, I love the way you photographed this little owl. I like how Art cropped in closer and brighten her feathers. The expression on her face is priceless and it really makes this a wonderful shot!!   Posted: 06/28/2022 09:34:45
Marge Barham   Marge Barham
Thank you Sylvia. Happy 4th!
  Posted: 06/30/2022 11:07:33