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.
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.
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.