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Eagle Owl

By philhomer  
apologies to the purists - this is (obviously) a set-up, but to be honest most of us do not have the time (or patience) to sit in a bush all day hoping that something 'wild' will wander / fly / hop / shuffle past.

for the newer or less experience togs -

BIG, relatively slow bird so taken with 'slow' camera (3 fps) - my cameras are both old so i have to decide whether i want speed or quality - those with newer incarnations can get both at the same time.

bright day so no need for a high ISO - 400 chosen knowing that this will show no more noise than 100 but deliver faster

mid-range aperture to ensure all of subject in focus whilst not slowing too much, and not so small that background begins to distract from subject

a little negative exposure compensation (- 2/3 EC) to protect against blowing light areas

single focus point on the left of viewfinder for framing, and AI servo to allow tracking

personally i now tend to bank a few of these easy shots before moving to more interesting settings - ie slower shutter (although still via aperure priority) to capture movement - here the 1/1250 freezes the subject but slower than 1/500 will show some life in the subject

Tags: Flight Barn owl centre Owl Eagle owl Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

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tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 10:11AM
V2 for me Phil

A lot sharper around the eye, plus I like that wing styleSmile


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capto Plus
4 4.1k 8 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 10:18AM
Two very good shots. Set up or not, it's the final image that counts.

12 Jan 2013 10:46AM
V2 is excellent. A
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 10:49AM
I agree with V2 although a tighter crop on the right might apeal more to me .
12 Jan 2013 12:25PM
Great images. The extra colour visible in V2 'lifts' the image - IMHO.
Well captured.
CaroleS Plus
6 424 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 2:22PM
Might be a set up, but still two very good images.
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 6:34PM
Both are lovely but its V1 for me!
p12owe 4 101 2 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 7:03PM
V2 from a non bird tog... it has something extra! ...and thanks for all the info in the description... its very rare!
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
13 Jan 2013 12:08AM
I am really pleased that you got an award for this and even more pleased that somebody at last gave an explanation.
I have always wondered how you do it in I see sort of one owl or bird of prey per week, not more. I have observed that one owl seems to be around the same bend in the road on clear nights.
But I can't count on it and I never have seen it there in day time.
I have always wondered how you manage to predict that. And how you know when the mouse will be there so that they start descending.
You say here that it is a set -up.. still wonder how you knew. And what the pet was? the owl or the mouse?

what do you mean by AI servo tracking? When I do my garden birds I set the focus sharp roughly around the twig or branch and just tune the ring towards me or away depending on where the head is? Maybe you can explain a bit better, when I did car races I concentrated on a point on the track and took the picture exactly when the car (S) filled the frame...
But I am most impressed that you got so close to the owl, with a 200 mm!!

must get a stalking course from you guys one day, I never get over the fact how close you get to foxes and deer and other very shy creatures.

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