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Old Jan 23, 2011, 8:12 PM   #11
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I think you did really well - they're really engaging images! These birds have amazing faces, so it makes sense to do the closeups the way you have.

Since the light was a bit low and overcast, these images would really benefit from a few processing tweaks. For example, your first shot is very well captured with great focus isolation of the owl from the background, but the colours lack boldness:


By boosting the shadows a bit, warming the white balance, and increasing colour saturation it can look a good bit punchier. Don't be afraid to play with the images after the event - you've captured some great shots, you may as well make the most of them
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Old Jan 24, 2011, 12:37 AM   #12
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Nice shots, I love the owls and how serene/serious they look
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I think you did really well - they're really engaging images! These birds have amazing faces, so it makes sense to do the closeups the way you have.

Since the light was a bit low and overcast, these images would really benefit from a few processing tweaks. For example, your first shot is very well captured with great focus isolation of the owl from the background, but the colours lack boldness:


By boosting the shadows a bit, warming the white balance, and increasing colour saturation it can look a good bit punchier. Don't be afraid to play with the images after the event - you've captured some great shots, you may as well make the most of them
Thank you very much!

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What software have you used to do the processing for that photo?

I see exactly what you mean, that makes a big difference!
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Nice shots, I love the owls and how serene/serious they look
Thank you.

I was concentrating on capturing their expressions and waiting until i saw a good photo, which was sometimes difficult as they wanted to turn their head when i was going to take the photo
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Wow...Nice shots... I share one idea with you, when I shoot subjects (Birds,flowers,people & other portraits etc...) I always shoot the same subject in two different ways. One(or more) closeup/Macro and one (or more) with more background in it. It really helps me to post process my photos + don't need to worry about missing anything at the end of the day.
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Wow...Nice shots... I share one idea with you, when I shoot subjects (Birds,flowers,people & other portraits etc...) I always shoot the same subject in two different ways. One(or more) closeup/Macro and one (or more) with more background in it. It really helps me to post process my photos + don't need to worry about missing anything at the end of the day.
Thank you for the further advice, much appreciated!
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Thank you very much!

Really appreciate your reply!

What software have you used to do the processing for that photo?

I see exactly what you mean, that makes a big difference!
I usually use The GIMP (which is free, but a bit complex).
For your photo I just used Picasa (also free) to get it done quickly while I was at work. I think I increased the shadow, dragged the colour temperature toward warm, and increased the saturation. Give it a try
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Old Jan 26, 2011, 4:09 PM   #18
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LOVE the face on the first little guy in the last set! How could a mom say 'no' to those eyes? I love all birds, and would love to photo some, but alas, am just starting out w/a Rebel 18-55mm kit lens (camera doesn't even get here till Friday!) But hopefully one day I'll have the right glass and may get some shots.
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