Moonlight becomes you...

© Michelle Alton

Moonlight becomes you...

Uploaded: June 22, 2015 | Entered: June 22, 2015 03:58:17


Actually, this poor Great Horned Owl was caged in small enclosure at John James Audubon Center, his first home in America. I suspect the three owls in the enclosure were injured, but I still felt sorry for them as they paced to and fro on their shelves and perches. Wildlife is abundant in the 175-acre sanctuary; it is a gorgeous place. Anyway, to photograph this owl, I pressed my lens right up against the wire cage wall. But the wire walls surrounding him were still visible. So I masked him and put him against a dappled sky I had photographed earlier. The golden "moonlight" was a product of a series of plugins, as the photo was taken in midday sunshine.

Exif: F Number: 4.5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Jeff Sielski June 22, 2015

Excellent capture Michelle! #1621775

JO ANN CLEVELAND June 22, 2015

Awesome Michele! Enjoyed your description info, thanks! #11321584

Katherine Kuhn level-classic June 22, 2015

Love the light in his eye -- gorgeous capture! #11321594

John Connolly June 22, 2015

Nice work Michelle! A delightful presentation! #11321747

Barbara Waldoch level-classic June 22, 2015

Beautifully done, Michelle! #11321814

Jeffrey R. Bange June 22, 2015

Gorgeous capture and presentation Michelle. #11321920

Evy Johansen level-classic June 22, 2015

Wonderful capture, Michelle! #11321940

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 23, 2015

Outstanding DD work and presentation. #11322260

Ed Lauderdale level-classic June 24, 2015

Beautiful and beautifully done Michelle!! #11322508

Laura E. Swan level-classic June 24, 2015

His beautiful eyes are what have captured my attention. You did wonderful job on the eye and the rest as well. Neat story and a bit sad too! maybe he will get better and have some freedom in his upcoming days?? Or mate and make new babies in captivity that can grow and be free?!! :) #11322750

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic June 25, 2015

Fantastic close up Michelle!,
Amalia #11323006

Kathy Reeves June 25, 2015

Beautiful image, Michelle. Too bad they could not get them a larger enclosure. #11323167

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic June 28, 2015

Great DD work Michelle. Wonderful light, color and detail. Ditto with Kathy. #11324479

Linda A. Braddock level-classic July 05, 2015

Michelle, Beautiful Capture and Owl! #11327432

Rudi Reiner level-classic March 23, 2016

Agree, great DD work, excellent detail! #11450947

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