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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


in an effort to clean out old, unprocessed photos (and not shovel out my car) i found a few more great gray owl shots from two weeks ago that were worthy of my attention. here they are, enjoy....

i included the last shot since i can't get that branch next to his head out of there. my cursory processing skills can't get rid of it without leaving an obvious/ugly scar. have at it if you chose, but please share the results if you come up with anything good.

dorian




looking right at me!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






wings wide!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/5.6L USM lens    400mm    f/7.1    1/2000s    800 ISO    -0.3 EV  






liftoff!

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







full body w/ branch (grrrrrr......)

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF500mm f/4L IS USM lens    500mm    f/5.6    1/800s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Feb 09, 2013 at 04:45 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


These look all great, Dorian and I really like the second one.
That branch next to his head it does look intrusive and distracting
This may look better.
Socrate

I see you used Lightroom, but if you have CS 5 or 6 it is very easy.
Make a rough selection around the branch.
Go to Edit Menu---> Fill----> in the Fill panel choose "Content-aware" and click OK
and you are done
Socrate








Feb 09, 2013 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Great shots, especially the last.

Ive only been using photoshop since christmas so Im no pro, but here is what I came up with. The problem, at least for me, was matching the noise in the background and gave up on it in the end. All I did was use the patch tool outlining the branch closely with content aware on. Once it was filled in I used the spot healing brush (with content aware on again) to remove any hard edges. Lastly to blend it better, I duplicated the layer, applied a small amount of gaussian blur to the top layer to get rid of noise, then masked it out of the owl/branch area.

Edit: Looks like I did it the hard way :P Thanks for that tip Shasoc




Feb 09, 2013 at 06:26 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Super images Dorian. I don't mind the branches yet I'll remove them for you.







What branches? This owl is so light it floats in mid air

Content aware fill in PS CS 5 and a little cloning. About 2 minutes effort.

Morris



Feb 09, 2013 at 06:40 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Very nice shot Dorian, the branches as you see do not present much of a problem. Leave it to Morris to go all the way. I think if you just remove the top ones and the one sticking out of his side you'll get a great composition with a super BG. Work on the full file will come out very well.
My favourite from the set is the wings wide one.

Rob



Feb 09, 2013 at 06:55 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Lovely...All are beautiful, even better with the one from Mr Morris...

Joey



Feb 09, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


You should open a branch office Morris! Good looking set Dorian.


Feb 09, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Great shots of an amazing owl. You got some shots I wish I could get. Here is my attempt at the PP.








Feb 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


wow - some great responses here! thanks! i tried the content aware trick since i have ps5 but for some reason, none of my efforts resulted in results as good as these. maybe i have some strange setting turned on, so i will mess around with it a bit more!

morris, your effort is surely worth a beer if we ever bump into each other - too funny!

great work everyone, we'll see who else chimes in......



Feb 09, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


very nice images Dorian


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Superb set, Dorian!


Feb 09, 2013 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


A wonderful looking bird especially that wing spread shot...would love a shot at a something even remotely close to these.
Eric



Feb 09, 2013 at 09:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Fine shots Dorian. Well done with all and well done to the others for their cloning skills
David



Feb 09, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Dorian, beautiful shots , each and everyone !! Thanks everyone for the post lessons, great job

Birdie



Feb 09, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Beauties,
3 my fav

Howard



Feb 09, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Great set - - not read all the info going in this tread

but I've got to go with Morris's floating owl

Lil



Feb 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


An excellent set, Dorian.
Like some others, I'm more than jealous because I've never even SEEN a great grey.
Charlie



Feb 09, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


#2 and #3 for me. Love em!


Feb 10, 2013 at 12:09 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


Wow! Incredible shots. they're all framers IMO but 1 and 2 are extremely exceptional. What a pose in 2!! Great work.

Like someone said earlier, you can use content aware fill then blend those areas with the healing or cloning brush - best technique is to turn down the flow and opacity at this stage so that there are no hard edges. Then do a gaussian blur (or regular NR - whatever filters you prefer) on the whole bg.



Feb 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · great gray owl holdovers + procesing challenge


An extra nice set Dorian. 2 is my pick too ~ Ron


Feb 10, 2013 at 02:05 AM
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