Barbara Mallon  

Two Great Horned Owlets Awaiting Food by Barbara Mallon

June 2022 - Two Great Horned Owlets Awaiting Food

About the Image(s)

This is the kind of photos I am taking lately. I have a 100-400 L canon lens and a 1.4 extender on my 1.6 crop factor camera. This photo has been severely cropped as well. The exposure is brightened and the image sharpened with noise reduction using a topaz filter. The nest is barely visible except in one spot on the ground. Someone showed it to me or I would never have found it. I flipped the image so they stand out more. When I enter it in nature it will of course be the other way around.

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7 comments posted

Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
Following on the description of how you got the shot, I can say that it is successful. But I would like to know the actual focal length and aperture you used. This to have an idea of the 'real focal length' used.   Posted: 06/11/2022 11:51:52
Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
The lens was all the way extended. That is 400 X 1.6 X 1.4 = 896 mm. Hand held! (I am stunned I could it with no tripod!)   Posted: 06/11/2022 15:42:09
Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
That's nearly 900mm!!   Posted: 06/12/2022 10:26:36

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Very nice image of the owlets, and even the tree branch is interesting. I really don't see any noise, so can not tell that it is a tight crop. You must be both very steady, and have good image stabilization. And of course the image is all about the eyes. Excellent nature image.   Posted: 06/13/2022 08:43:37

Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
Nice image Barbara. I am a nature buff. I would crop a bit on the left so that the main branch forms a nice V and removes the green distracting leaves. I would then crop/scale the image to bring the birds closer to the viewer and getting just enough of the branches to give it a good foreground. And maybe burn the thick trunk a bit to give good contrast against the brightly lit birds? I tried to do that. Not sure if I am successful. Appreciate your comments.   Posted: 06/14/2022 08:21:54
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Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Very cute baby Owlets! they are sharp. on left side the bright yellow leaves attracted my eyes, I would crop then out to focus more on two owlets.   Posted: 06/15/2022 12:31:24
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Lovely capture Barbara. To say the least about the sharpness and the stabilizing hands you have. My thought was to crop to a square, then use the spot healing brush to clone out the distracting bright leaves. Great job.   Posted: 06/20/2022 17:24:35