Snowy Owl - Late Afternoon Balancing Act
With the Québec provincial election drama now over, it's time again to post another of my Snowy Owl photos.
This one was taken in a late afternoon light about 45 minutes before sunset.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes.
You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings - Snowy Owl
Grab-shot as the owl passed overhead. Always looking for a different pose.
No crop lengthwise, but the top half height-wise cropped away to eliminate unwanted sky, therefore formatted for an often-used 8 x 16 frame.
Handheld Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens @ 1/1000 f/14, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation.
Strong Reaction To Putin's Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
As an ethnic Ukrainian, I'm of course outraged by Vladimir Putin's Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This interference in Ukraine's affairs and long-standing attempts at assimilation has been an ongoing process by the Russians and their "useful idiots" for over 400 years.
My outrage is to be expected, but I was curious to gauge the reaction of my Snowy Owl friends that I photograph to this naked aggression.
This Snowy Owl best showed his opinion by expressing: "Putin and his Russian thugs make me s**t"!
I Dare You To Take My Snowshoe Away - Snowy Owl
Again a Snowy Owl took possession of my snowshoe for use as a perch.
This full-frame no-crop photo was taken handheld with my Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens.
Taken about 30 minutes before sunset, but with a veiled sky which accentuated the pastel cyan hues.
I tried a version without balancing for whites, but changed my mind because the cyan was too overwhelming.
This low-light shot was the last photo of the day, due to incoming clouds. Therefore, I knew this was my last chance.
Although my Snowy Owl season is basically over, I have many good photos still on file to upload in the near future.
One Final Effort For Mike! - Snowy Owl
This evening's dusk session with a Snowy Owl may possibly be my last for the 2013-14 season. Towards the end of March the Snowys start to think about their long trek back home to the Arctic. The extended daylight acts a signal for them to leave, as well as the requirement to find a partner for mating towards the end of April. This photo was taken an hour and a half or so before the sun set on the horizon.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld at 1/1000, f11, ISO 400, +1 exposure compensation. Very minimal crop for composition purposes.
This winter was unusually cold with much snow, which hasn't melted yet. I'm curious to see whether this will affect them and delay their departure. If so, I just might be tempted to give another "last visit", but if I don't, my goodbyes have been given and I will await the return of these majestic birds who share their time with me and provide for me a feeling of well-being - more than just photos.
Many thanks to my friends with whom I had the pleasure to photograph with this season and to the many more who gave me lots of breathing room and privacy.
Snowy Owl's Dusk Departure
As I always say, it's all in the light; or in this case it's all in the lack of light with a bit of side lighting!
Canon 5d Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000,f5.6, ISO 400 +1 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes. A couple of small branches cloned away.
A Long Stretch - Snowy Owl
My Snowy photos aren't always taken in unusual light. This one, for example, was taken in ordinary late morning light. The dynamic pose presented by this beautiful bird was worth capturing at any time of the day.
Canon 5D Mark III handheld as usual with my 500L f4 lens. A bit of uneven snow due to footprints behind the owl cleaned up.
Just Checking To See Whether I'm Taller Than My Fence Post - Snowy Owl
I find this one a little humorous.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f20, ISO 400 +2/3 exposure compensation. Ordinary daylight. Cropped vertically.
My Day Is Done - Snowy Owl At Dusk
Many in the bird photography world of my region prefer full-daylight photos with the whites of the light "balanced".
This is fine, and I enjoy them also, but I also enjoy the light of early morning or late afternoon where pure white doesn't exist - a concept called Red-5 by world renowned nature photographer Andy Rouse. Visual artists such as my painter wife understand and appreciate this much more.
Here we have an example and as I said, it is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea.
This Snowy is back-lit minutes after the sun had already set behind the low trees. It was my last shot of the day before heading home.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L lens handheld @ 1/800, f4, ISO 1250, +3 1/3 exposure compensation. Taken vertically, I cropped it to format the image horizontally, eliminating the lower part of the fence-post. Slight snow horizon tilt corrected (merci Dom).
The incredible capacity of this camera gives me low-light performance that I didn't have with previous cameras.
The Spotlight Is On Me - Snowy Owl
What can I say - it's all in the light!
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with the 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f7.1 ISO 400 and +2/3 exposure compensation. No crop.
Adding My Own Decoration - Male Snowy Owl
This older male leaves some genetic material to mark his passage on a very cold snow-covered field.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f20, ISO 400, -1 exposure compensation.
Some of my colleagues have been disappointed because I haven't posted any of my interesting "dump shots" recently :-)
Well, here you go, enjoy.
Curious Kate - Snowy Owl
Canon 5d Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation. Cropped vertically. Late afternoon therefore the light was not "bright and white".