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Alfredo_Jose PRO
 
Alfredo_Jose June 22, 2017
I love this, superb!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 31, 2017
Beautiful scene. / Voted
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 December 27, 2017
Amazing shot..Congrats!! シ
DexHortonPhotography
 
DexHortonPhotography January 19, 2018
Beautiful shot!
deanhester
 
deanhester February 22, 2018
This is completely photoshopped...
CameraAWA
CameraAWA April 16, 2018
Many photographers edit and use photoshop to enhance their photographs. In fact 99% of all major photographers do!
ryansmith_4978
 
ryansmith_4978 April 21, 2018
I photoshop all my Images, doesn’t make them any less authentic. This still looks like a real image of two owls to me. Great capture.
dkoch28 PRO+
 
dkoch28 October 08, 2018
Wonderful shot!
gailstelick PRO+
 
gailstelick November 08, 2018
Love this - great image! Congrats!!
Gilarou
 
Gilarou November 08, 2018
Je vois deux visages d’homme en plus des hiboux!
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT
 
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT November 11, 2018
Awesome. Wish I could see some of those in the wild.
Penny-K PRO+
 
Penny-K December 17, 2018
Beautiful. Nice shot.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL Jan 29
Exceptional composition and photography

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo is actually a composite, or manipulation, of three different photos. I started by taking photos of a rescued, one-eyed screech owl at our Audubon Center here in Bayside, Wisconsin, a Northern suburb of Milwaukee. It was in the month of May, so there was no snow on the ground. Later on during the following winter, I took the snowy branch in our back yard. I then went into Photoshop Elements and "isolated" an owl shot from its initial background and put it on the left of the winter scene, and isolated and reversed another shot of the same owl and put it on the right, again using Photoshop Elements. Finally, I took the one good eye in each of the owl shots, duplicated and reversed it, and put it into the opposite, empty eye socket of each owl shot.
Time
Late morning.
Lighting
The lighting was soft overcast, which is usually better in most situations. Once in awhile, you can get a great shot combining sunlight as the key light and flash or a reflector for fill, but that was not the case here.
Equipment
A Nikon D7100, with an older F4, 300mm AF Nikkor lens.
Inspiration
I was trying to get good photos of raptors, and just thought I could doctor up a shot of this little one-eyed screech owl and make it look good.
Editing
Yes, as I described above, I made it in Photoshop Elements 12, on a ten-year-old imac computer.
In my camera bag
I have my Nikon D7100, a kit 18-55 mm lens, a 70-300mm zoom, and an old (1990's) F4 Nikkor AF 300mm telephoto, which, while not a zoom, is much sharper than the newer zoom at 300mm.
Feedback
As I said, this was not a wild bird, and so it was easy to get a good shot of it. I have taken more raptor shots, sometimes with flash and sometimes without, depending on lighting conditions. I am in my seventies and cannot hike through the woods and/or mountains for days on end to find a great shot like some younger photographers can. But I am still able to put together some nice shots now and then, often with the help of software.

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