Owl Penetrating Eyes

March 16, 2013

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With the current cold wet weather I again delved way back in the archives and scanned this shot of a slide.

The image was taken at a falconry and I think it is the Northern Great Horned Owl

The original was taken with Fujichrome Sensia 100 and the scan was with a Nikon Coolscan 4 slide scanner 

Photoshop

The image was first cropped for a closer view and better composition.

Topaz adjust was used to adjust detail differently in the Owl and background. Topaz Adjust, Vibrance preset group and Detail 2 preset was applied on a layer. A layer mask and brush was then used to remove the extra detail from the background.

Levels used to increase brightness.

Contrast increased slightly.

Vibrance was increased slightly by 17 points.

Layers flattened before going on to sharpening.

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 48 amount and 48 radius.

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original scan  and then the final result.

Original Scan

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Final Image

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For licence see Owl Penetrating Eyes

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