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Apr 07, 2013 02:49 |  #1

Hi, couple shots from yesterday. Ive photographed five Great grey owls for past 4 months and finaly one of them let me the come close enough (around 5 meters!) to get shots what Ive wanted for like 2 years. Only issue was one litle twig that was in the way. But still I am happy. ;)

Colours might look odd, because my calibrated pc screen is broken and I am posting these from uncalibrated laptop. Last picture is cropped only to the square format. No cropping on the other two. :)

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Apr 07, 2013 02:57 |  #2

That's REALLY close, especially the first one.
Great captures.


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Apr 07, 2013 10:46 |  #3

Twig or not twig ... great pictures!!! Nice job of getting close!!




  
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Apr 07, 2013 15:09 as a reply to  @ steve_douglass's post |  #4

I would LOVE to see a GGO.
You are very lucky.
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Apr 07, 2013 15:16 |  #5

Nice catch, in the last one he almost looks angry at the intrusion.


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Apr 12, 2013 12:54 |  #6

Heh, thanks everyone for your comments. Hard work pays off, aparently. The first one is taken with 70-200, so is the second picture. Last one with 70-200 + 1.4 tc.


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Apr 12, 2013 15:43 |  #7

nicely done Ville




  
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Apr 12, 2013 15:46 |  #8

lovely bird. maybe you could have the best of both worlds and clone those twigs out? :)


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Apr 12, 2013 15:57 as a reply to  @ stoshdwalshphotography's post |  #9

Lucky you!


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Apr 12, 2013 21:22 |  #10

Great photos...I just took a couple minutes with it in photoshop. A little more time on it and I think the twig wouldn't be an issue.

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Apr 13, 2013 01:40 |  #11

Yea it wouldnt be an issue to photoshop those twigs out, but the problem is myself. I dont want to "manipulate" my images. I wanna keep them as they are. But in my opinion its not a "real" photograph anymore, when the twigs have been taken out. Someone should brainwash me! ;)


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Apr 13, 2013 03:23 |  #12

Wow, nice shots! Such a beautiful bird.

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Yea it wouldnt be an issue to photoshop those twigs out, but the problem is myself. I dont want to "manipulate" my images. I wanna keep them as they are. But in my opinion its not a "real" photograph anymore, when the twigs have been taken out. Someone should brainwash me! ;)

I feel conflicted on this point too, just not sure how I feel about it. I guess I'd like to hear more from both sides since I haven't been involved with that debate yet.


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Apr 13, 2013 13:42 |  #13

I'd agree if there was no editing done, but do you adjust brightness/contrast/sh​arpening, etc. at all? To me that's still manipulation.




  
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Apr 13, 2013 14:05 |  #14

Houston1852 wrote in post #15823857 (external link)
I'd agree if there was no editing done, but do you adjust brightness/contrast/sh​arpening, etc. at all? To me that's still manipulation.

This is just my gut reaction as I really don't have a refined opinion yet, but to me brightness/contrast is just reproducing the image as accurately as you can compared to what it was you saw in the field. Cloning out twigs or otherwise altering it into something that isn't representative of what you actually saw just seems a little dishonest I guess. Maybe somewhat depends on how you view photography. If it's an art form where the goal is to produce the most beautiful image, then I guess everything's fair game and I can understand that view. I'm personally a scientist by education and trade so maybe I'm programmed to think about it a bit more objectively, as if I was a journalist documenting an event. Maybe I need to get over that. Sounds like a question of philosophy. Just thinking out loud here, I'm definitely open minded about it. :)


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Apr 13, 2013 14:24 |  #15

No need to get over that. Everybody has their reasons for what they like/dislike. I guess for me, if the twig was within reach at the time I took the photo I'd move it. If not within reach and I'm still capable of removing it, I might as well. I guess for me if it makes the difference between a good photo and a great photo, I'll take the great photo. Then again I'm no professional, it's just a hobby. I do understand the original posters feelings on this, I just don't agree : )




  
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