Salvaging a Barred Owl

December 3rd, 2010 by Alan Murphy


D3, 400, ISO 640, f4, 1/250 -1.0 EV

I wanted to share this image that I processed 95% in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw CS5).
The image is full frame and was shot in very harsh light. The image on the left is converted from Raw with no adjustments.

I used the adjustment brush to tone down the over-exposed right side of the Owl and also to bring out more detail in the shadow side of the Owl, and the dark background.

Since the bird's right eye was in shadow, and his right eye was in full sun, you can see the different size of the eyes. After balancing the light with processing, I felt both eyes should be the same. I used a small brush in “liquify” (under “filters”) to resize the eyes. Credit to Mike Gray for showing me the “adjustment” tool.

I love that each new version of Photoshop is saving more and more images that I used to throw away :-)

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