Sanford Morse  

Great Horned Owl by Sanford Morse

February 2021 - Great Horned Owl

February 2021 - Sanford Morse


About the Image(s)

I finally got a decent owl photograph when a neighbor asked me to come over and take this photograph. This owl's mate is nearby nesting. We're looked for some owlets in the next few weeks although they will be harder to shoot since they're in a repurposed osprey nest that's higher up, and some distance over the water. Shot with a Canon 5D, and a Sigma 100-600mm 2 600mm. Very little PP.

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8 comments posted

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
Sanford, this is very nice. I envy anyone who has the patience and ability to shoot wildlife, especially birds. I do like the contrast a bit better in the original image. It looked just a tad light and less defined in the image presented. In fact, I was thinking that these may have been switched since the one marked 'original' is cropped. I like the crop and the contrast in the image marked 'original'. Well done!   Posted: 02/07/2021 12:13:16

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Like Heidi, I was concerned that I might have swapped them. Neither file came to me titled as an original so the one titled Great Horned Owl 2 was the one I took as the main image.
I too have tried to photograph wild birds and failed dismally, so I take my hat off to you Sanford. The angle of view, composition are all very good. Well done.   Posted: 02/07/2021 19:11:04
Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
I should have labelled. They are reversed.   Posted: 02/07/2021 20:01:01
Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
All fixed Sanford. My apologies.   Posted: 02/09/2021 01:19:21

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
A fine photograph Sanford but I think the sky is lightened too much. I prefer the colors at the original.   Posted: 02/08/2021 06:57:34

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Sanford - I like the colorful image. You have done a wonderful job on the capture, and the PP.   Posted: 02/08/2021 08:30:21

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
A great photo Sanford. I have never seen a Great Horned Owl, what a nice capture. Very sharp and detailed even at 600mm.   Posted: 02/08/2021 19:48:32

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
The focus on the owl is fantastic and I really like the clarity in the eyes. I wonder if a vertical crop may have been a better choice, but maybe that's my eye as a photojournalist that says crop to the action/focus of the shot. Maybe if you move more to your right you could have caught all the tailfeathers? The out-of-focus lower limb is distracting but the others are in sharp focus providing contrast to the owl's feather pattern. You did a great job in capturing the moment!   Posted: 02/20/2021 11:08:11