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.
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.
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.
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