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Owl Intensity - 10-13-18

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kevin Dietrich is an amazing local wildlife photographer. He recently got this great shot of an owl, commenting that "They have a sense of intensity and wisdom you can almost feel in the air. Although they are silent those eyes say it all."

Kevin often gets questions about how he post processes his images. He said, "I thought this might be a good example. The majority of the images you see whether it is a fashion, sports, landscape, cityscape or wildlife has been heavily edited. One of the many reasons I love wildlife photography is that if you capture the moment properly there is no reason for manipulation of the image beyond simple cropping. Wildlife doesn't give you a second chance or allow you to set up lights and have assistants telling the model where to move. It's raw and natural and the same moment never happens twice. It's a challenge of patience, skill, determination, and passion. This particular image shows how little I needed to adjust to make the image unique.

A simple crop of the edges focuses the attention on the owl. The blurring effect on the edges was natural due to wood, bushes and railing being at the edge of my frame. It is always my goal to have the image represent what I saw in person. Why make the image something it wasn't?"

He's right about wildlife not giving you a second chance, and needing patience and skill to get the kind of photos he consistently captures. We're blessed to have someone of his talent living here in the valley!

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