Three Views of a Western Screech Owl


WC and Mrs. WC had a lovely visitor to their backyard recently. Photos were taken.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

Many times, the issue with a bird photograph is the background. That’s especially true when you are around manmade structures. As in a back yard. This owl was perched on the side of an elm tree, behind WC’s garage. From this angle, the background is cluttered with out of focus leaves and stored stuff. The bird is pretty good, the tree is okay but the background is seriously distracting.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

At a slightly different angle, the background is the side of WC’s recently painted garage. It’s a nice, uniform color but an unnatural color. WC likes the color as house paint, but as a background to a bird photo? Not so much.

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

Western Screech Owl, Boise, Idaho

In our final shot, from a yet another angle, you can see the heavy hand of Photoshop: a third of the background has been selectively altered to a plain black. WC doesn’t like making major modifications to a photo, but, on the other hand, you can hardly ask the bird to move.

If you have an opinion you’d care to share, please offer a comment.

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One thought on “Three Views of a Western Screech Owl

  1. My comment is: I would be so pleased to see (and photograph) a WESO, I just would not complain about the background … too much (that green is weird and the black is downright scary). But really, such a lovely little creature, I can easily focus on those brilliant eyes and beautiful feathers!

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