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Owl Be Chrome For Christmas

Mike Oxley

Cornwall Ontario, Canada

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A little seasonal punography.

The High Tech Kitchen Studio
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
December 11, 2011

The original – one from Dad’s collection of tiny hand carved and painted birds (source unknown), about 2 1/2 inches long and 1 inch tall.

How it was done:
The usual set up with the old ratty back velvet tacked to the cupboard doors, an empty pickle jar under it as a stand and two LED flashlights (torches) for lighting.

I had to adjust the exposure a little in the PSE RAW converter before I pulled it into PSE, then I made a duplicate layer. I selected the owl with the quick selection tool, and, using the “glowing edges” filter, I got the effect I wanted. Then I inverted the selection, turned the background into B&W and added a little gaussian blur. Reselected the image and lowered the opacity of the layer to about 50%. Then deselected everything. For the wee festive hat, I used the Custom Shape tool, picked a little cone shaped tree, placed it on the owl’s head and changed the style until I got the effect I wanted. Then I flattened the image. Nowt to it.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 at 60 mm
iso 100, multi-pattern metering, F4.5, 0.6 second
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