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Old Sep 30, 2004, 4:05 PM   #1
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Last week came across another great horned owl across the road from where I took pictures of the pair I posted here a few weeks ago. Might be one of the same owls, no way to tell. Anyway he let me get to within about 30 yards.

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Old Sep 30, 2004, 4:58 PM   #2
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Nice shots. I have still to see one in real life.
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Old Sep 30, 2004, 5:29 PM   #3
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They are both really good shots, zoomn, but I really like the first one. With a little bit of curves work in PS or PSE or PSP I think you could make it really pop. The wide-eyed expression (probably trying to stare you down) is priceless.

If you sharpen the second one up a bit it would probably compete with the first. I'm not sure exactly why, but the intruding branches don't seem to bother me in these shots...

I just noticed that the first picture exhibits a bit of purple fringing in the bright areas. That can be minimized also in an image editor.

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Old Sep 30, 2004, 11:01 PM   #4
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Thanks Bobby and Geoffs,

Geoffs I appreciate very much the constructive comments. I am still in the early learning stages of this photography hobby.

One of the hardest lessons I am learning is "When does a photo look right".

Post processing for me can be a double edged sword, you can take a decent photograph and ruin it by overprocessing and I tend to over do it.

So right now I tend to sharpen a bit and not mess with them to much.

Geoffs I have seen some of your photos with your new camera they look great and you must be having a blast with your new toy after such a long wait.



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Old Sep 30, 2004, 11:35 PM   #5
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The odds are that they are the same owls as last time. Many (most?) owls find roosts that they like and reuse them. I know this is true of Great Horns and Screech Owls. Probably others as well.

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Old Sep 30, 2004, 11:49 PM   #6
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good point zoomn

it is definetely tough to see how sharp is OVERsharpened...

one major way to see when it's too sharp...is a "glow" coming off a high contrast edge (like a silhouette...), and sometimes, the highlights look painfully sharp...

i guess it's just something you get used to...but keep shooting, editing, and posting! you'll learn alot!

wat techniques do you use to sharpen?

btw...nice shots tough subject to find! i have NEVER seen an owl...at least that wasn't in a cage....or even a habitat bigger than my room...lol

well done finding it, and shooting it

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Old Oct 1, 2004, 11:12 PM   #7
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The foliage really adds to this already great shot.
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