Richard Story  


BURROWING OWL by Richard Story

July 2021 - BURROWING OWL

About the Image(s)

CANON 70D
188MM
F/8
1/2500
ISO 800

THE BURROWING OWLS ARE RATHER SMALL IN SIZE, BUT BIG FUN TO CAPTURE IN FLIGHT...
MY INTENTION WAS TO FOCUS ON THE BIG YELLOW EYE, WHILE SHOWING THE ACTION OF HIS TAKE OFF,
SO USING A RATHER SHALLOW DOF I WAS ABLE TO GET THE EYE AND MAIN BODY SHARP, USING 1/2500 SEC. SHUTTER I WAS ABLE TO FREEZE THE ACTION BUT THE DOF ALLOWED BLURING OF THE WINGS TO AMPLIFY THE ACTION.
USED SOME ADJUSTMENTS IN LR, (VINETTE,CONTRAST,ETC.) CROPPED A LITTLE TO GIVE HIM SOME ROOM TO FLY INTO.


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2 comments posted




Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Great photo Richard! I love that the eye is sharp and wings slightly blurred. YOur technique seemed to work.   Posted: 07/22/2021 19:46:16



Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Things I love:
#1, tack sharp eyeball. There's nothing that can replace this, IMHO.
#2, Tack sharp body and especially talons.
#3, DoF blurred, homogenous, non-distracting background. Really killer her and DIFFICULT to achieve for birds, in my experience.
#4, Posture of the bird with outstretched wings.

I'm not as big of a fan of the motion-blur/DoF-blur of the wings, in this case. I don't think it really detracts, but it's not the same as if the bird were head on and the wings were blurred merely by motion. Anyway, that's just me. Super duper shot.

How far away from the bird were you? Were you laying on the ground, or in a blind or something? Were ants crawling all over you (2 points extra in that case)? How'd you get the shot? I've been considering setting up a blind in my back yard so want to hear about your tribulations.   Posted: 07/23/2021 12:36:03