Last summer (2010) I took this photo while nervously exploring around an abandoned barn and house near where I live. I was taking photos of the ground level detritus and heard this owl flutter crossly at me (how did I know he was fluttering crossly? Check out that look on his face. You would have known it too).
I really liked the image, and took several versions but they were all handheld and very few came out well. I couldn’t do a traditional HDR although I really wanted to, the light exposures were all blurry. Even the regular exposures were wonky. Luckily, the dark exposures came out good and I was able to make a decent single-exposure HDR from this one. This is also cropped significantly, mostly to make the owl more prominent but also to get some distracting elements out.
Processed with all the toys- Photoshop, Photomatix Pro 4, and Topaz Adjust and Denoise.
This is finally being finished as a part of my 2011 daily photo blog, and I’m not sure if it will end up on http://www.kelleybard.com or not. It might, I really like it. It will depend on comments that I get here, on facebook at Kelley Bard Photography’s page, and on flickr “kelleybardphotography”. I will try to post it on HDRspotting.com as well. So we will see!