And the wind owls for me...

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I've been running around with business a fair bit of late, and haven't been posting photographs as a result. But at sunset today, in-between a day of work and a night of e-mail and reports, I wandered past an old haunt of mine, where I espied a friend of long standing.

A slow walk over ensued, so that I might not startle him, and then he stood calmly as I shot a series from a few long strides of distance away.

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D100, 200-400mm AFS/VR with TC14EII (net 550mm), f/9, 1/160s, ISO200, cropped about 25% (upper left side), processed in NC

Burrowing Owl, Odessa, TX

Weighed down with work ? Ah, well. There's a good answer to that. Always shoot.


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So glad to see he was co-operative - looks like you've got a friend there. The TC14EII is certainly living up to its reputation as being very sharp, that's for sure! Good capture!
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John,

As you say, long time, no posts. :? OTOH, a few shots like this one more than trump a few dozen routine quacker and honker shots.... 8)

Great capture. Glad that you are back in the game. ;-)

Frank
 
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PJohnP said:
I've been running around with business a fair bit of late, and haven't been posting photographs as a result. But at sunset today, in-between a day of work and a night of e-mail and reports, I wandered past an old haunt of mine, where I espied a friend of long standing.

A slow walk over ensued, so that I might not startle him, and then he stood calmly as I shot a series from a few long strides of distance away.

John P.
Holy, Moly, Batman :!:, gorgeous.

A "few long strides" you say? What would you estimate then, 15 feet or so? I know these are fairly small, right? I am ecstatic when I can measure distance in double-digit-yards up here. This is plain awesome.

When I first noticed the image the coloration bugged me, until I saw the explanation, and then it was obvious, and looked very good. Reminded me of a workshop with Ron Reznick where we photographed some Snowy Owls, and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get mine to look the right color, white, it had this "green tint". When I asked Ron he said "Where was the bird", I said "Under those green, leafy branches.....oops" :oops: . It is amazing what the different quality of light during the day can do, isn't it? And you caught it here in a very complimentary way.

By the way, did you provide the Owl with dinner or something for being such a nice subject? Perhaps at least Union Scale :?: :?:
 
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Keith R. said:
cool shot John, nicely done and a great find ;^ )
. always leave the crowd wanting more!

Keith :

Chuckle. I'll try and post another one or two tonight.


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Flew said:
John,

As you say, long time, no posts. :? OTOH, a few shots like this one more than trump a few dozen routine quacker and honker shots.... 8)

Great capture. Glad that you are back in the game. ;-)
Frank :

I've been shooting, just not posting because I've had limited time to do so. If I can get a moment or two, I'll get some other material up in the next day or so. If I had enough time, I could post to almost every category here in the Cafe, but I'm off to work in a moment or two.



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Retief said:
Holy, Moly, Batman :!:, gorgeous.

A "few long strides" you say? What would you estimate then, 15 feet or so? I know these are fairly small, right? I am ecstatic when I can measure distance in double-digit-yards up here. This is plain awesome.
Heh.

Maybe eight to ten feet away. It's a matter of approaching in a "stepped" manner where I make a couple of steps, stop for a minute or two, and then make another movement.

Retief said:
When I first noticed the image the coloration bugged me, until I saw the explanation, and then it was obvious, and looked very good. Reminded me of a workshop with Ron Reznick where we photographed some Snowy Owls, and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't get mine to look the right color, white, it had this "green tint". When I asked Ron he said "Where was the bird", I said "Under those green, leafy branches.....oops" :oops: . It is amazing what the different quality of light during the day can do, isn't it? And you caught it here in a very complimentary way.
Yup, the light was getting extremely coloured - the sun was just about to disappear.


Retief said:
By the way, did you provide the Owl with dinner or something for being such a nice subject? Perhaps at least Union Scale :?: :?:
Last year, when I shot a family of five young owlettes, I brought ground beef that I rolled into small pellets for the young ones because I was scaring away prey. Maybe I'll bring this one some meat today.

Glad you liked the shot. Thanks for the kind words.



John P.
 

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