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Old Aug 14, 2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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I took this picture a couple of months ago in Rwanda. I haven't cropped it or edited it in anyway yet... any suggestions?
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Hi Tizianohc

Wow, those eyes are AMAZING!! (as most owls' eyes are) Great capture!

Nice to see it sitting in a tree (natural setting / good feel to it).

As for the suggestions, I also am glad to see the talons, however shame they are cut off (even in the original you posted above).

There appears to be a lot of high contrast parts to this composition (e.g. dark leaves, bright sky, tree branches, etc). This distracts from the owl (without meaning to).

So I think cutting out a few of these elements (and a closer crop on the owl's face) might help in this regard.

I've also used Martin Syke's wonderful 'auto hdr' program to balance the contrast between darks and whites (see more about that program in the HDR section of these forums).

Finally I rotated the photo, as it appeared 'at an angle' to me (but it might just have been the way the bird was sitting anyway - so thus not 'your fault'). However this means that less of the owl's body (and legs / talons) are included... which is a shame.

Happy to hear what you and others think of this version / edit.

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Old Aug 15, 2010, 12:22 AM   #4
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Hi Paul,
Thanks a lot for the feedback...
yeah the contrast bothered me a lot.... but the fact that i cut part of the talons off really annoyed me....
About the Owl's angle, that is how it was looking at me.... i had accidentally bothered it, so it leaned out and stared at me... at one point, the head was completely tilted...
I quite like your version except for the angle (as i would like to keep it how it was) but thank you very much for the feedback
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woot woot great shot love how he /she is staring right at you i think you did well as it was most probably a quick one shot shot luckily it didnt just fly off .. those eyes are hypnotizing ..............may i have a play with this?

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Simon, you've done it again--you've taken a great photograph and turned it into something magical! Nice PP. Topaz?
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Simon, you've done it again--you've taken a great photograph and turned it into something magical! Nice PP. Topaz?
run it through easyhdr 1.7 old version and did a LDR enhancment (havent upgraded to version 2 for the reason it jumped from 1.7.3 to 2.0 and they want another payment...DONT THINK SO!) and then selected the owl only except the eyes and you guessed it topaz
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I've been to the Topaz Labs website. I really like the products but there are several it seems. Which one should I be looking at for the effect you got?
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topaz clean .......
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Thanks, Simon!
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