This was shot yesterday at the same time of day as the two recent “Spooks on the terrace” photos – which is to say it was sunny. But in Sigma’s ProPhoto, I set the exposure to -0.5 and X3 Fill Light to -0.3 to give it a darker look. And in Photoshop, I set Highlights to 20 to knock the sun off Mr. Owl's beak. Then I put a slight negative curve in the Shadows to make them a little darker (“I don’t lose detail in the shadows – I throw it there”).
Anyway, here’s the result. Yesterday, I was so focused on the animal that I ignored everything else. Today, I went back and found this one – and it reminded me that the real reason I went to the terrace wasn’t to see Spooks but to wander around Leela’s Garden and admire all the care and attention she's put in. Also, I thought I'd see if the plants were dead. She’s in Penang and I’m having to water these guys.
Click image for larger size. Frankly, the larger sizes are about all that matter. I was always content to throw compact-camera images up on the web; in fact, they often looked better smaller. But with the DP2, and I suppose all Foveons, you really only want to look at the original and admire the detail in the photo. (So click – it’s only 600KB and you can't see the rusty chain that hangs him unless you do. )
DP2, ISO100, f/5.06, 1/160s