Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA  

Enjoying Time Together by Erik Rosengren, FPSA, PPSA

August 2022 - Enjoying Time Together

About the Image(s)

How I did it—We, the Fab 5 had to make our last trip of the season to Cape Coral, to make images of the Burrowing Owls, hoping we would have enough subjects this late in the year and they didn’t disappoint. The adults were still caring for a few chicks that hadn’t fledged yet. About 10:15 AM Betty Sue spotted 2 owls on their cross bar perch, bless her heart, That turned out to be the best stop of the day. They put on quite a show for about 20 minutes, time enough for us to capture multitude of outstanding images. My tools for the day were my Olympus E-M1 Mark 111 body and a new Olympus 300 mm f4 lens with addition of a 1.4 extender mounted on a mono pod while sitting on my trusty stool. My favorite image of the day was (Enjoying time together-Burrowing Owls). My settings were 400 ISO, 1600th of a second at f11. These birds always put a smile on my face, just watching them do what they must to survive.

10 comments posted

R Gary Butler   R Gary Butler
Beautiful shot Erik and wonderfully composed. For me the two outstanding traits are the balance between the two owls and the soft green backdrop of the foliage. I like the sharpness of the feathers and the eyes. Nothing to say but "well done."
Let me know how this does in Exhibitions.   Posted: 08/04/2022 09:45:20

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Erik, Burrowing Owls are a lot of fun to photograph, and if we get low to their eye level even better. This couple as you describe, are enjoying time together. Both are sharp in spite that they are not on the same DOF plane, obviously f/11 helped. No, I have a question/critic to make. You amputated the legs. My guess is because you do not want to show human intervention (perhaps a man made perch), but now you are compromising for an award or even perhaps acceptance in a nature salon. anyway the image is sharp, the colors are vivid and the background is perfect   Posted: 08/04/2022 18:29:49
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
This particular perch had a wood cross bar however the vertical support was white PVC pipe and its presence all but destroyed my image vision. I'm pleased with the crop.   Posted: 08/09/2022 11:49:14

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Have always wanted to see these cute owls, tell Betty Sue well done with the sighting. Didn't notice the feet as I just looking at their eyes, position and sharpness.   Posted: 08/07/2022 12:07:03
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Vella, view my reply to Isaac. Thanks for recognizing credit due Betty Sue.   Posted: 08/09/2022 11:51:38
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Just read it. Your crop is fine to me. It is an image that brings a smile to my face.   Posted: 08/09/2022 16:18:19

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Erik, great shot and very sharp. The eyes really grab the viewer's attention. I like the very out of focus background - must have been some distance away to be that soft on f/11. I can't make up my mind about the feet. I think this is fine for a pictorial image but have no experience in Nature images so can't comment on that.   Posted: 08/12/2022 10:23:35
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Thanks for your kind words Guy, reading my reply to Isaac will supply the reason feet were not included. This image can be used in Nature competition.   Posted: 08/13/2022 05:21:56

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
(Groups 7 & 32 & 57)
Great sharp image, with the front owl looking toward you, and the back owl looking at the front owl.   Posted: 08/16/2022 13:31:25

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
every time you post one of your nature images I think how is ever going to better that well again you have confounded me like Vella never noticed the legs,the juxtaposition of the 2 birds the amazing sharpness but above all the eyes its perfection if I could take something half as good as this I would hang my camera up and retire pure perfection.   Posted: 08/17/2022 15:24:23


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