Snowy Owl - Quit Tailing Me!
It's been very hot and humid here in Quebec City this week, therefore, here is a little something to cool you off.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f14, +2/3 exposure compensation.
I formatted this photo in two versions.
First, the original which shows the whole bird. But, since the focal point of the action is on the Snowy's expression, I opted for this closer view but with clipped wings.
There is no law that you can't clip a bird's wings, so listen to your heart instead of some self-proclaimed Internet photo guru:- )
Cooper Hawk - Supper Time
This young Cooper Hawk is enjoying a late supper provided by a parent.
Taken late at sunset in lowering light blocked by trees, resulting in some background sky being blown out.
Cropped in to a vertical format.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/350, f4, ISO 1250,+ 2 1/2 exposure compensation.
Cooper Hawk - Feather Fetish
This very young Cooper Hawk keeps things tidy on the advice of, and to eventually look like, mom and dad.
Young Fox - Okay, You've Caught Me!
Canon 5d Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f/4, ISO 640, +1 exposure compensation. Minimal crop for composition purposes.
Exposition d'art Village En Arts 2016
Exposition d'art Village En Arts - au plaisir de vous voir
EXPOSITION d'art champêtre: Village en arts, le 1, 2 et 3 juillet, 2016 sous les chapiteaux dans le parc Le Picart et rue De l'Entente du quartier Saint-Nicolas à Lévis. Vendredi: 12h à 17h, samedi et dimanche: 10h à 17h.
Snowy Owl - Ultimate Extension
It has been a while since I've posted a photo - life's many other activities and my aching knees has diverted my attention from bird photography this spring :- )
With the Snowys gone back north to their breeding grounds, I'm left to visit my photo archives to remind me of their mysterious and majestic beauty.
Here is another example.
Snowy Owl - Branching Out
It is amazing to watch Snowys as they perch upon the slimmest of branches.
Here, this Snowy moves out in a late setting sun giving the photo rich colours.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld as usual @ 1/1000, f6.7, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation.
Slight crop for composition purposes. A few annoying branches shortened by cloning back.
Snowy Owl - Closeup and Personal
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld as usual @ 1/1000, f9.5, ISO 400, no exposure compensation.
I had several choices as to presentation. I chose to crop close at original ratio for that dynamic look, although I did clip the wings.
I processed this one on the fly on my laptop instead of my main computer, therefore colours and white-balance contamination may vary. I applied selective sharpening only to the face.
I could have crop to a sleek 1:2 ratio to get in more of the wings, or I could have kept it at the original ratio without crop to preserve the full wings and to emphasise the Snowy's fore and background environment. All three presentations are acceptable, yet different - three for the price of one!
Snowy Owl - Morning Arrival
With the rapidly melting snow and immanent departure of these majestic birds for their natural habitat in the north, my Snowy Owl season for 2015-2016 has unfortunately come to an end. This doesn't mean, though, that I won't post new photos - there are many many more in my collection not yet published :- )
I will miss passing quality time with this, my favourite of all species.
Thanks to good friends who helped me find the birds in secret locations and who understand my need to be alone with them, Regretfully, the same cannot be said for many photographers who practically stalk you to disturb the peace, tranquility and trust established with individual birds - such is the nature of bird photography.
All-in-all despite some bumps in the road, it has been a very good season. New individual birds found, several returning birds from previous years were also located (identified by individual physical features).
It is getting harder and harder for me to carry on with my Snowy pursuit. My bad knees and other new bodily aches and pains are slowing me down, not to mention age. I have already greatly reduced by photo sessions with other species throughout the rest of the year. I suspect I'll have to reduce my Snowy activities next year also. New interesting pursuits and interests are replacing the time spent photographing birds.
As for this photo, an early morning light nicely illuminates this Snowy and guarantees wide open eyes, contrary to mid-day when heavy shadows obscure them and the bright light forces the Snowys to keep their eyes squinted.
Canon 5d Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, + 1/2 exposure compensation. Slight crop to bring the bird leftwards towards the centre, he was leaving my frame to the right which caused a slight clip of the wing - no big deal. Some unnatural white reflection spots in the snow removed.
Snowy Owl - Just Me and My Shadow
The late afternoon setting sun provides a cool-looking light on the snow and shadow for this departing Snowy, who has his beak covered with snow. The Snowy itself is in a warm pre-golden tone due to the setting sun.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld as usual @ 1/1000, f9.5, ISO 400, - 1/2 exposure compensation.
Slight crop to straighten the level of the shadow. A zillion annoying snow reflection spots and a huge dust bunny removed. I could have removed the three strands of vegetation, but decided to leave them there for now.
Snowy Owl - Winged Wonder
The wingspan of Snowy's is amazing to witness.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, F11, ISO 400, no exposure compensation.
Slight crop to level the snow horizon line.
Snowy Owl - Get A Grip
Again, with a very early morning light just after dawn. Just love the shadow created by the Snowy.
Canon 5D Mark III with my 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f4.5, ISO 400, + 1 1/2 exposure compensation.
Cropped slightly to straighten background horizon.