I made two versions of the same photograph. I did so because I was trying to hid a mistake. Look at the right edge of this photo. Do you see the white space on the wall behind the owl? That white space is especially unpleasant in the original photo, so I used software tools to create this antique plate effect. This was the only treatment that adequately blended the white space with the shades of the rest of the photo.
So, for both of these images, I cropped the image to focus attention on the owl's eye. An owl's eye is a well-known image in popular culture. And, the eye is the most prominent element to this image, so I used it to build this final image around the eye.
Both of these photos are examples of how I sometimes have to make artistic decisions because of an originally bad photograph. But, with Adobe Lightroom and Google's Nik Collection software, I am able to create the image on screen that I have in my mind. To me, that transformation is what I see as my role as a fine art photographer.
I just learned that the Barred Owl is the only common owl in eastern North America that has brown eyes. All others have yellow eyes.
Which photo do you prefer? Please comment below. If you also send me your address, I'll send you a printed 5x7 of the one you like.