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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006Sun 10-Feb-13 07:04 AM
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"Barred Owls"


OFallon, US
          

My morning and evening work commutes "had" been coinciding with just after sunrise and just before sunset. I had been occasionally been sighting an owls so I decided to start commuting with my camera in tow. Here are a few images from the opportunities I ran into. I should probably try to find a small bean bag, for now I just stop, roll down my window partially, and rest my lens directly on it. I never did find ideal lighting conditions(go figure). The first image was taken minutes before sunset and unfortunately half the face is shaded. The second photo was early on a very overcast morning that even a 1/50 second was 1.5 stops under exposed. Apparently Barred Owls have dark eyes so no love on the eye detail. The 3rd image was the first I took and I was not very happy with the noise at iso800, so I decided to lower the iso and try to live with slower shutter speeds and under expose if necessary. Unfortunately the times when I had a better backdrop or better lighting the bird was to far off or I didn't manage to get an in focus or shake free image before the bird moved on. I'm not sure if I'll get another opportunity. I haven't seen one in a week and the days continue to get longer.


f4 1/200s iso400


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Dubes Silver Member Awarded for his high level of achievement and willingness to help others – most notably in wildlife photography. Nikonian since 16th Jun 2007Sun 10-Feb-13 08:19 PM
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Sun 10-Feb-13 08:19 PM by Dubes

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A really nice set of images Jack, but #'s 1 & 2 really stand out in my eyes; the warmth of the rising sun in the first, and the clean lines and reflection of the skyline in #2.

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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006Mon 11-Feb-13 04:14 AM
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OFallon, US
          

Thanks Richard.

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VR8 Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008Mon 11-Feb-13 10:31 AM
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Ottawa, CA
          

This first photograph is first class. Light, details, color etc. Just great!

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Gamecocks Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jul 2010Mon 11-Feb-13 05:00 PM
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Joanna, US
          

Hi Jack,

Very good series of a hard to shoot/find subject. #1 is my favorite with the way the light is used while #4 showing sharp detail would be a good add for Contel.

John

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bhench Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Sep 2009Mon 11-Feb-13 07:04 PM
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Hershey, US
          

Wow! I love them all, but the warm light on the first is definitely my favorite.

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Don't change a thing about #1!



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jot2nik Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2007Tue 12-Feb-13 01:56 PM
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Troy, US
          

Hi Jack, like your owl shots especially number one, the light and color fit. Make your self a bean bag out of your favorite beans. I used a two pound bag left them in the plastic bag and placed that into a nylon sock. Also works good to place on the lens for vibration.

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Yardley, US
          

Nice capture, great series!

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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006Wed 13-Feb-13 04:11 AM
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OFallon, US
          

Thanks for looking and commenting. Hmmmm, great white northern or navy?

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Troy, US
          

Hi Jack, I went back and looked at my bean bag (and its not, its a rice bag) that I made, and I made mine from a 2 pound bag of brown rice not beans! I remembered that I thought that the rice would be in contact with the lens better. They work great for me as a rest or laying on the lens. White or brown rice, either would work.

In one of your shots I seen the Contel post, we must live close. I live in Troy.

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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006Wed 13-Feb-13 03:50 PM
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OFallon, US
          

We are pretty close. I live in OFallon and commute to Hermann.

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Hectorspruit, ZA
          

You really deserve all the accolades. #1 is superb The stump, flowing feathers and color is outstanding. To me the only small niggle is that I think the eyes are less sharp than the body. Thank you for the series I enjoyed all of them

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Holland, US
          

These are very nice. thanks for sharing. I also find #1 to be my favorite. What a nice commute you must have. Just curious- what lens did you use to capture these?

-bob

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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006Wed 13-Feb-13 03:20 PM
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OFallon, US
          

I did forget that info. All were taken with a D300/400mmf3.5 combo

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ehall Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Nov 2012Wed 13-Feb-13 05:15 PM
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South Orange, US
          

Thanks for sharing, They may not be to your satisfaction but have excellent work in my opinion.
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Swan Reach.Vic., AU
          

Nice series Jack. Great detail in the feathers. You were lucky to get a long pose....Scotty.

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NatureDon Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Nov 2007Thu 14-Feb-13 12:25 AM
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These are beautiful Jack. The first one takes the cake for me. Sporting a coat that looks fit for majesty.

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