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Barred Owls

jfbacks

OFallon, US
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jfbacks Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Nov 2006
Sun 10-Feb-13 07:04 AM

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.

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f4 1/200s iso400

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f4 1/50s iso400

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f4 1/200s iso800

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f3.5 1/200s iso400

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f4 1/125s iso800

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f8 1/800s iso640
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