April 24th , 2015 – Avian Friday: Better Watch Your Backside Baby!

Something slightly different this week. I took some longer range images of Short-eared Owls last month a few of which were a sequence of one of them diving into a field to capture what likely was a vole or some other type of prey. None of them were that great compositions on their own, but it got me thinking about how to present them as a sequence. I’d never tried anything like this, but have seen several examples of combined images and thought I try my hand at it in Photoshop. It turned out to be fairly easy to do by selecting all the images in Lightroom , selecting Open as Layers in Photoshop, and then painting the images on top of each other with inverted layer masks.
I couldn’t really tell, but I’m guessing the owl was successful as the flight action tapered off dramatically after this. I hung around for a couple of hours until dusk hoping they might get active again, but it must not have been a good day for the vole.

Short-Eared Owl (Asio Flammeus)

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Edison, Washington 
1000mm | 1/3200th Sec. @f/8 | ISO 1250

Canon 1DX+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM + 2X Rear Extender

Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC , Nik Define & ColorEfx Pro.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,

JayT

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