Canadian Geographic Photo Club - Who's Watching Who?

Who's Watching Who?

by Alpinewolf from Calgary CA on 08 Jun 2017

A candid look into the hypnotic glare of a Great Horned Owl. Penny for your thoughts?

  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Focal: 329 mm
  • Shutter speed: 0.004 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 8
tagged: great horned owl calgary alberta


Alpinewolf posted 2017-06-08 7:22pm

Thank you Jeff, and thank you for your input and suggestions Wayne. I did lighten the eyes and played around several times with different adjustments in lightroom. This is my first time editing an image in over 9 months and I am still struggling with the software. I do concur with you on the eyes without a doubt. I made several variations with varying contrast, and settings etc, but I chose this one as I liked it and it spoke to me the most.

I captured many body shots of this owl that I could have used, but I took the liberty of challenging myself by looking at the subject and photo in a new perspective, hence this close-up of the eyes. I shoot all of my work handheld and because this owl was incredibly close when we surprised eachother, I had to rely on the gear I have, and the skills I developed last year to the best of my ability.

Jeff Aelick posted 2017-06-08 6:24pm

Nice Shot Alpine wolf the eyes are so deep

Wayne_Duke posted 2017-06-08 6:20pm

Alpinewolf, a penny for your thoughts....mine are maybe you have pushed it just a little far, it's not as sharp as it should be. If you are wanting to really accent the eyes then lighten them a little. It looks to me as if you are handholding, use a tripod as much as you can especially when using telephoto lens. As a wildlife photographer I feel that I know what basic things cause me to like of dislike certain shots. I know what you are trying, try recropping, sometimes less is more, lighten, sharpen and thoughts.


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