There’s an Owl in My Coffee!

Imagine waking up, doing your morning hygiene, and while still being groggy going after your first morning cup of coffee. Just as you prepare to dunk your face right into the cup, going after that first morning zip – you see this! Whoaaa! I guess it would be the last thing you expected… even though there is some kind of connection. We’ve already seen coffee-bean owls before, but this one’s a first! I’m not exactly sure how the artist managed to pull it off, so if any of you could add more background info, feel free to do so!

33 Replies to “There’s an Owl in My Coffee!”

  1. This is simple photo manipulation. If I had to guess, they started with the coffee and over-layed the owl onto the foam on top. There are functions in photoshop that allow you to blend the edges into each other rather easily.

    Impressive, yes.
    Hard, no.

  2. I work with Photoshop a lot in my own work, and while the artist *could* have used it, I’m not so hasty to jump on the “it’s photoshopped” train, particularly since part of the fun for some photoartists is NOT using the program for their special effects. I like the Cheerios theory, but I also thought it looked like some kind of hollow pasta stood on end with raisins stuffed in the centers, weighted down or glued to the bottom of the cup. The downy feathers could be caused by any number of things–a spot of cream, a flake of an Alka-seltzer tablet, what have you. And then, before shooting the photo, touching the corner of a paper towel that had been rubbed on some soap to the spots just above the pasta could clear the foam away for the eyes.

  3. It looks to me like hot coffee with cream swirled in it and 2 cheerios for eyes. To the left of the right eye and up about 1/2 inch is a babies head. In the pupil of the right eye it looks like a person with a hat on.

    1. yup, this is correct, :)


  4. however, this is a very good one – but, as I love owls above all other birds, it would certainly stop me drinking my coffee!

  5. I’ve done something quite similar before. The face was made with cream/sweetener, and the eyes are edible straws. I have made a cat before haha.

  6. It is definitely two Hula Hoops. The image was in the UK press a few weeks ago, and the artist explained the image. It is beautiful.

  7. very cool, it luks like an owl sitting in the cup……….. brilliant work………. what ever or however done, its well-done……..

  8. I saw this in my daily newspaper & the guy who did it said that he had dropped his sugar into the coffee and it left two holes in the froth so he took a photo of it and added the eyes himself to make it look like an owl…excellent :-)

  9. all you do is get a pic of coffee and a pic of an owl and there is a way of getting the images to blend with the photoshop tech.

  10. Not cheerios, those are much thicker. I think they’re plastic animal eyes that you can get at the craft store. The foam is just a coffee/cream foam. I think the photographer arranged the foam into the owl shape, dropped in the plastic animal eyes, and snapped the picture just as they floated back up to the surface. Likely was tricky, took him a few tries, and careful timing. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that coffee might be cold, haha.

    1. I totally agree… it looks pretty incredible that this effect took place by chance. To the point I don’t think it did. Maybe those are really snacks, but the photo is almost certainly been staged.

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