Birds. There is a travel theme challenge that I am not going to miss. One place I love to go and take photographs is World Bird Sanctuary. Last spring I did a series of ten HDR images that features birds from the sanctuary. Here is a Tawny Owl:
When I was creating this image, I was interested in accentuating two things. The first was that this bird had a bath not long before I took this picture and I loved the fact that not all his feather were dry. Also, I have photographed this bird many times and usually it looks as if he does not have his eyes all the way open. In order to accomplish these two things, I zoomed in as close as a could to the owls face, and left my depth of field so shallow that not even all the feather are in focus.
I created this image using Photomatix which is software that can help you create HDR images. So, in order to create the HDR image I combined three exposures of this same photo which I had captured using the exposure bracketing feature of my camera. HDR can create a lot of really artistic looking effects but for the purpose of this photo, I was just looking to capture as much detail as possible.
I also created a 5×7 card out of this photo:
What do you think of my very clean owl? Isn’t it lovely how many shades of brown and gold he has in his feathers? Your comments are welcome below.