Saturday was the first time in ages that I have been out and our little trip took us to Hall Place. Anyway as we were leaving we saw a sign for Jambs Owls and decided to pay a visit. Believe it or not the above photograph of this owl straight out of the camera was bland and boring even after cropping.
The background to me did nothing for the photograph. My eye was immediately drawn to the blue background instead of the owl and that is something I didn’t want. So the only way to get around this problem was good old Photoshop. So after adding textures and playing around with layer masks and levels I finally got a background colour that I liked. One that toned perfectly with the this beautiful bird.
Those awful blue lines on the wall were removed with the texture and you could finally see the beauty of the owl. The texture concealed a lot of the blue wall but still it was too harsh for my liking. As I originally planned this image was being given a Powder Paint Effect so I knew then the texture would be softened.
Powder Paint Effect
Keeping with my Powder Paint Effect, I decided to create two images. One with a Boxed Outline.
And another without the box which is the first image of this post. On this particular image removing the box seemed to add a more painted effect to the image. Which ideal for framing.
If you are near Hall Place in Bexley, pop into Jamb’s Owls because it is well worth the visit. At £4 per adult and £3 a child it does seem a little pricey but your ticket lasts all day. And doesn’t just limit you to one visit on that day.
This image can be purchased at Fine Art America.