Snowy Owl Caught In Late Afternoon Light
Again, this is but another example of the type of light that I like for my birds.
I think by now, you know what equipment and settings that I use, as well as how I format and frame my shots, so I'll dispense with the repetitions.
Again, for some reason pbase seems to blur the sharpness of the eyes if not viewed in the original size.
Last Light Delight - Male Snowy Owl
I really enjoy first and last light when photographing birds. Here is a male Snowy Owl caught at almost last light - not much white at that time of day.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld at 1/1000, f4.5, ISO 400, +1 2/3 exposure compensation. Minor crop for composition purposes. A bunch of white reflective snow spots clonned out in the foreground.
For some reason, when not in pbase's original view mode, the sharpness of the eye is lost.
My Snowy Owl season has just about come to an end for this, a good season - there will be many more photos posted in the next few weeks.
My Svelt Athletic Vertical Lines - Male Snowy Owl
Hi. My name is Ti-blanc. I spent a bit of time on January 10 with Mike. Although I left the region not long after, I did leave Mike some nice souvenir poses for his camera.
I particularly like stretching my wings in this neat vertical position as I fly off my perch.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f20, ISO 400, - 2/3 exposure compensation. Left and right part of image cropped for a vertical format, although not cropped on top nor bottom. Several tiny dust bunnies due to f20 clonned out.
Tree Hugger - Male Snowy Owl
This Snowy Owl, photographed on January 10, 2013 seems to want to do a bit of tree hugging as he takes off.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1000, f13, ISO 400 and -1 exposure compensation. Cropped to decentre the bird for composition purposes. With moving birds, I always centre the bird in my viewfinder, otherwise my images have no chance to be in focus. I usually underexpose a bit when I have a white bird against a dark backgrouond to prevent blowing out of the whites.
Late January Afternoon Takeoff - Male Snowy Owl
January winter light quickly diminishes in the afternoon as this Snowy Owl takes off.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f10, ISO 400, -1 exposure compensation.
Small crop to de-centre the bird for composition purposes.
January 10, 2013
Fluffy Featherball - Male Snowy Owl
The mass of feather and down protects Snowy Owls to as low as -55 C.
This bird spent an all too-brief period of time last January before moving on.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens with 1.4 Extender II handheld @ 1/1000, f14, ISO 400, no exposure compensation.
Small crop to level the horizon/wire. The short winter afternoons in January shows up here with a touch of magenta tinting the owl's feathers - no question of "balancing for whites" for me here.
The last few months I've posted my photos @ 1000 pixels wide. With this shot, I'm returning to a standard 800 pixels width.
Great Grey Owl Faceoff
I don't recall the last time I posterd two photos on my site on the same day, anyway here goes.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f4, 800 ISO, +2 1/3 exposure compensation. Because of the wide headon wingspan, I framed to my often-used 8 x 16 printing format.
Takeoff Spread - Great Grey Owl
This Great Grey Owl shows its generous wingspan as it takes off.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handhaeld @ 1/1000, f4, ISO 1250, +2 1/3 exposure compensation. Slight crop for composition purposes.
According to Wayne Lynch's Owls of the United States and Canada, the Great Grey has the largest wing surface area, around 437-508 sqaure inches for both wings. The Snowy Owl comes second. To compare, the surface area of a sheet of letter paper has around 93 square inches.
Great Grey Ghost
Ya just goota love those ballerina workout stockings on this Great Grey Owl!
Canon 5D III with the 500 f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f4, ISO 800, +2 2/3 exposure compensation.
No crop. The image came out well despite the poor light condiitions.
Dynamic Concentration - Northern Hawk Owl
The dynamic movement of this hawk owl provides 1/1250 of a second of fascinating observation.
Canon 5D Mark III with the 500L f4 lens handheld at 1/1250, f10, ISO 400, +2/3 exposure compensation.
The bird was to the left of my frame due to its speed and my panning, therefore I had to crop away about 50% of the image to properly center for composition purposes - but it was worth it. With the very high pixel count of the 5D III, I have tons of resolution to work with for printing purposes.
Several small branches clonned away behind the bird, and I clonned away a partially buried prey to spare viewers a possibly disturbing sight.
Northern Hawk Owl
It's finally a good winter for these rapid visitors to our region.
Canon 5D III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f9, ISO 400, +1 1/3 exposure compensation.
Slight crop for composition purposes.
PS: I corrected this image to remove a bit iof a cyann cast and replaced the original.
Minimalist Great Grey Owl Takeoff
Canon 5D III with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/800, f4.5, ISO 800, +2 1/3 exposure compensation.