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    I found these yesterday right in my neighborhood.
    I saw the adult and looked around a bit and found what I thought was a lone chick.
    It was late afternoon in low light (they were almost backlit).
    i took several shots and it was not until I got home, loaded and looked at the photos
    did I even notice the second one hiding behind the tree.
    Great Horned Owlets

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    420mm (300 f2.8 w/1.7x)
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    It is amazing how well these guys blend in. I wish the entire body of the rear owlet was included but understand that it wasn't because you didn't see him. A vertical comp was the right choice for this image. I would do some eye doctoring to bring out the yellow in the eyes,
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    They are so sweet. Funny how you didn't know till you uploaded. I wish for more light on the faces but a tought light situation to shoot.
    Comments and Critiques greatly appreciated. Thank You!
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    Great find. You will be spending lots of time in the neighborhood for a while. They look old for March, guess mom and dad got an early start this year. So cute!
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    Excellent picture of the two little cuties, Dan.

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    Thanks for the nice comments.
    Gail, I have never done as much PP work on any photo, ever.
    This is about as much as I could get.
    As soon as I saw the second one I cropped (it is 25% of the original) and coaxed, brightened, toned down, whatever was required
    because I liked it so much!
    The cutest chicks in the bird world, for me.
    This is as good as I could get for now. I hope to get better in the next few weeks. but it is a tough spot to get good photos,
    so I may just be happy to watch them grow.
    It was 1/200 in really bad light (one of the few times I wish I had a tripod).
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    Dan, this is my kind of image. Natural, tells a fun story. (Even if it does have some challenges). I think your processing is perfect. No way would those eyes have been yellow given your light angle. Only thing I would do is darken the pupils a bit to get rid of that hazy look. I've played around just a bit with the crop and I think you could come up from the bottom quite a bit to where that horizontal stick intersects the lower chick and have another nice interpretation of this scene.

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    Dan, what a surprise it must have been. that other owlet adds a lot to this picture....and I like that its one eye is hidden.

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