Before/After: Great Horned Owl

It was Christmas Day. Suki and I stayed home because she picked up fleas somewhere, and I couldn’t chance giving them to R’s three dogs. We’d just returned from her afternoon walk when I heard an owl hooting.

It wasn’t the first time. I put Suki inside, fetched the camera, and tracked it down. I quickly narrowed the location: in the woods, nearby but not close.

Turns out it was farther away than I thought. I had to bludgeon my way through vines and palms and weeds and I don’t know what else to get to a place where there was enough clear space to shoot. I worried about snakes and poison ivy. Florida woods are nothing like those up north. There are things there that can kill you. I made a lot of noise for the snakes and hoped it didn’t scare off the owl.

And then I saw it! Perched on a branch.

WTF! So dark.

I was disappointed. Though the owl was far away, it was in good light… or so I thought.

Time for program magic.

My first edit sucked. It was nice but it didn’t look right, so I did it again, and this time it was bettter.

Quite a difference, eh?

I used Photoshop CS6 and Luminar 4. It took a while to get it exactly right, but it was worth it. This is my first sighting of a great horned owl anywhere. I was thrilled.

See you next time.

About Fenraven

Fenraven happily lives in south Florida, where it is really hot most of the year. Find him on Twitter and Facebook by searching on 'fenraven'.
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2 Responses to Before/After: Great Horned Owl

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    Wow fab photo.

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