The neighborhood owl — 20 Comments

  1. Good morning Mary! That owl is dynamic. I adore them. I have to tell you that I’ve always appreciated your talent, but even more NOW. The other day, we went out to the countryside to visit my beloved horses. I took many photos but while I can say that my “studio” photography is improving a great deal, my NATURE photography has a LONG, LONG way to go. The lighting is very tricky to work with and though my horses are sweet and I tried my best to capture them up close, the surrounding background was terribly washed out. I think part of what I didn’t like is that we are still in late winter mode, with NO green. So my horses are stunning but the environment is simply dull.

    I must check out this program! I’m having so much fun. Happy day! Anita

    • When the background is not so fabulous it’s best to get in close, and lower your aperture. That will fade and blur the background some. Lighting is the hardest part of nature photography. Getting all the settings right in camera is essential, but not always easy. If you shoot in RAW however, you have more control over everything in the post processing. Your studio photos are beautiful, and I have enjoyed them. Outdoor is just another thing to learn and master. You’ll do it.

  2. What a treat to see an owl! I have only seen one twice in all the years I’ve lived where I am. I hear them occassionally but never see them!

  3. Hello, what a cute owl. Awesome photos and edits. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  4. I love owls and I loved it to watch your photos, what a great effect you got, it looks like the owl is sitting in a really dark&spooky forest (maybe forest of Sleepy Hollow lol)BRAVO!

  5. Owls are fascinating creatures! That is also amazing such a program is now free. There are so many different editing programs, it’s hard to know which ones to use.

  6. Great capture of the owl!
    I bought the program last year… I love Efex those filters, they are so easy to use. :)

  7. I’m thinking there are lots of mice or other food sources for that owl to stay there. Love the pictures, wonder if sites like PicMonkey and Fotor are too much competition for Google Nik.

  8. Love the owl pics, my favorites are the ones with natural color. I can’t get over how you managed to get him with his eyes closed! We heard one a couple of weeks ago but never got outside to find him.

  9. That’s a great photo of the owl. I saw it on Facebook and it’s even better here! And I love the way you played with the effects.

  10. great shot and lucky to see it! I really like the b/w image ! you have really good eyes to have spotted this guy :) cheers, debi

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