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    Same bird, captured on New Year's Day. Another frame, this time with a head turn and one eye open. Would have liked to get a frontal stare with both eyes open, but I was lucky enough just to get an almost unobstructed view. I was looking through a tiny opening in the vegetation, so a move of a few inches either way obstructed him. Subsequent visits have found him buried deep within the Junipers.

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    Like how the owl is tucked in there nice and tight. The fluffed up look is nice as well.

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    Hi Bill, lovely and cozy, nestled and framed in between the branches. I do like the detail, and maybe lightening the eye a touch may help.

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    Just superb Bill, I liked the previous frame, but the open eye means this knocks spots off the first. Agree with Stu about possibly lightening the eye a touch

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    These guys are always a treat to find. I agree with lightening the eye (iris only, of course). Good job finding a keyhole through the vegetation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu Bowie View Post
    Hi Bill, lovely and cozy, nestled and framed in between the branches. I do like the detail, and maybe lightening the eye a touch may help.
    Smart man from where I sit. I used several techniques to brighten the iris; simply pulling the curve up a lot helped the most.

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    On a second look I would say that the curve on the whole image could have been pulled up. IOW, it is too dark overall for me as presented.

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    Thank you all. In this repost I've used Curves to brighten the entire image slightly, and then brightened the iris further. I appreciate the suggestions.

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