Popeye

I was having a discussion with West Midlands birder and photographer Dave Hutton about the merits of making one of his excellent Great Grey Shrike images Black & White. We’d both had a play with his photo and damn it looked good.

Dave suggested my B&W Little Owl image from 2011 would look good with the colour brought back in to the eye. I had a little play in photoshop and I like the result. Being a juvenile the eye isn’t that bright, piercing yellow – which might have been a bit too much really.

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Little Owl

One of my favourite films is The French Connection with Gene Hackman, probably my favourite actor and certainly the best Lex Luthor, so his character Popeye Doyle inspired the title as the process I used is referred to as colour-popping.

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