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Backyard Barred Owl
Backyard Barred Owl

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-05 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Ledyard CT
Date: May 15, 2007
Aperture: 5.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2007

This is my new backyard friend. It showed up on my son's birthday and can be heard and seen almost every day... THis is not the best lighting, but I couldn't be too picky...

Shot in Raw
Opened in CS2 - adjusted exposure and white balance and curves. Saved as JPEG
Opened in Elements 3.0
Added adjustment layers for levels, bri/cont, hue sat.
Added layer for owl. Added masking layers for levels, bri/cont and hue sat to bring out owl and subdue background.
USM 10,50,0 to increase contrast
Dodge/ burn throughout image
Save for web
Opened JPEG - adjusted levels, hue/sat
USM 85,0.5,0 to sharpen
Reduced noise on whole image
Dodge burn in background and on feathers and eyes to give more contrast
Blurred background to reduce noise
Burned around edge of branch
Save for web.

Place: 129 out of 617
Avg (all users): 6.1321
Avg (commenters): 6.2857
Avg (participants): 6.0775
Avg (non-participants): 6.3667
Views since voting: 787
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 159
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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07/05/2008 12:32:20 PM
What a marvelous guy to have around! Nice detail.
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06/10/2007 05:29:47 PM

I'm in a bit of a quandry, not sure whether I am more jealous of the fact that you have such a wonderful visitor or the fact that even if it came to my place I dont know whether I would be able to capture it half as well as you

Great job and wonderful dof
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06/08/2007 05:35:37 PM
Excellent processing on this! What a delightful friend to have in your yard, too.
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06/08/2007 10:25:10 AM
I am so jealous! I love owls so much. What an amazing photograph. Shot right in your own back yard! Wow!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2007 07:28:01 PM
this is very good and the dof is fine
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06/07/2007 04:33:14 PM
That little owl is very cute, nice shot. 8
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06/05/2007 12:38:27 PM
Great shot, Should be in National Geograpic.
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06/04/2007 07:20:42 PM
Very pretty photo. Nice detail..I love the stare. Tad too much blur near his bottom..but wonderful job.
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06/04/2007 05:38:29 PM
You must hear a lot of hooting at night I'd imagine? :) Nice bird image, but it could benefit with more midtones and maybe have the background a little less blown-out. Hope this helps.
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06/02/2007 12:22:19 PM
nice sharpness
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06/02/2007 09:43:47 AM

Great shot. He is looking at you like OMG what is he doing......
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06/01/2007 07:11:20 PM
Wonderful lighting, composition and tones.
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06/01/2007 09:30:53 AM
He's a cutie! (Or she.) Very good job with detail.
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