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    The Garden Owl

    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

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    Re: The Garden Owl

    Just to the left of the owl... same developing treatment...

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    Re: The Garden Owl

    Some flowers are beginning to appear here now as well. Not as beautifully taken as yours perhaps but cheerful none the less.

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    love that owl, don. thanks for showing your steps.

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    cheers Don that helps me no end.

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    Will and Don a question please!

    Can both of you please share how you processed these photos. Don especially the one with the red flowers in it. Will, your capture has a great mood to it that I really like. Thanks fellas!

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    Don, Will ,
    a great start to spring. Details with the Sigma cameras are so impressive too.
    Really like the piece of string in yours will, makes the picture.
    Here its been raining all week and when it stopped I was working, so no picture taking . Well apart from a few today. I want to break out my C5050z this week

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    Re: The Garden Owl

    Beautiful images. Much appreciated. It's snowing here again today....but I know Spring will arrive eventually.

    Gary

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    Thanks Paul, I like the string as well.

    Bruce, that effect is achieved with a bit of minus X3 Fill light and Shadow in Sigma Photo Pro. Shadow -0.6, X3 Fill Light -0.8 or you can get a very etherial look by pushing the X3 Fill Light even further down. Having said this I think the contrast between the out of focus leaves and the sharp string jeux de position effects it as well.
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    Re: The Garden Owl

    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    Some flowers are beginning to appear here now as well. Not as beautifully taken as yours perhaps but cheerful none the less.
    Love the background, the colors and the string. If we have a few more flowers, it's because we're in the semi-tropics and the warm weather has been coming in waves -- alternating with cold winter monsoons blowing down from China. We're in the warm week right now, but the plants decided they were tired of waiting and bloomed some time ago.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by D upton-Hackett. View Post
    cheers Don that helps me no end.
    Glad it did... usually I don't spent much time experimenting, but this seemed like a good candidate for my darker look.

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    Re: Will and Don a question please!

    Quote Originally Posted by bbodine9 View Post
    Can both of you please share how you processed these photos. Don especially the one with the red flowers in it. Will, your capture has a great mood to it that I really like. Thanks fellas!
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    I think I hit the high points in my first message regarding processing. If there's a particular question you have, I'd be glad to answer it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollobarca View Post
    Don, Will ,
    a great start to spring. Details with the Sigma cameras are so impressive too.
    Really like the piece of string in yours will, makes the picture.
    Here its been raining all week and when it stopped I was working, so no picture taking . Well apart from a few today. I want to break out my C5050z this week
    b rgds
    paul
    It's definitely spring, as I also noted in another thread about taxis. It's been sunny the past couple of days -- maybe I'll break out one of the infrareds tomorrow and see if the love is still there.

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Beautiful images. Much appreciated. It's snowing here again today....but I know Spring will arrive eventually.
    Gary
    I grew up with snow but it's been so long I can hardly recall it. Well, except for some of the pain... so I'm glad to share these with you.

    Don

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    finally some spring time shots with the GX100. PP with Rawtherapee and GIMP,
    these are daffodils blown down by air currents. Not a good spot for these flowers.
    Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/760)
    Aperture: f/6.4
    Focal Length: 8.8 mm
    ISO Speed: 80
    Exposure Bias: -0.3 EV


    then this is across the road from where I live
    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/380)
    Aperture: f/5.7
    Focal Length: 5.1 mm
    ISO Speed: 80
    Exposure Bias: -0.3 EV
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    That forsythia against the deep blue windows and sky is really beautiful.

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    Re: The Garden Owl

    Stunning photographs Paul.

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    Thanks Will, Thanks Osman

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    lovely shots, paul. it's disgraceful i have 2 gx100's sitting on the shelf which i haven't used since getting 2 dp1's.

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    Thanks Wayne,
    you have to make an effort to use the older cameras... My C5050z is following me around this week.
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    have you tried Google translator? its quite comical between english and Italian.But the idea comes across . I use it also for English to German, then I get the text corrected. Its fairly good.
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