Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

June 23, 2009

Back to the Owls

Filed under: Birds, composition, light, style — richditch @ 9:12 am
Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl

I previously wrote about the family of Great Horned Owls that I visited on the edge of the Phoenix metro area and how nice it was to spend some time around these birds.

I returned to see and photograph them again two days later, arriving a bit earlier since I didn’t have to waste a lot of time searching for them. On this second visit one of the young birds was more active, apparently at the stage of development where it was enjoying the new found skill of flying, and it would take short flights between the two large trees the family group was using.

This is my favorite image from the second visit. What makes the image for me is the the way the light emphasizes the owl against the attractive blue sky. I also like the wisps of cloud that break up the sky, keeping it from being a solid posterboard color.

Please note: I will not give specific directions to this location. As I replied privately to those who asked in comments before:

Owls are just too vulnerable to stupid behavior and the only way to ensure that word doesn’t spread beyond careful photographers is to not disseminate it to anyone.

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 plus TC20E (2x), ISO 320, 1/320th at f/10, spot metered, 6/13/09, 71% of full frame.

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