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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

Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Lens:70.0-200.0 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 May 2009 - 5:35 PM
Focal Length:160mm
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-0.375
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Eagle Owl
Username:philhomer philhomer
Uploaded:12 Jan 2013 - 9:21 AM
Tags:Barn owl centre, Eagle owl, Flight, Owl, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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tomcat Plus Member 106361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 10:11 AM

V2 for me Phil

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


capto Plus Member 32825 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 10:18 AM

Two very good shots. Set up or not, it's the final image that counts.


accipiter Plus Member 6accipiter vcard England58 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 10:46 AM

V2 is excellent. A

bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 10:49 AM

I agree with V2 although a tighter crop on the right might apeal more to me .

M_squared Plus Member 4M_squared vcard United Kingdom
12 Jan 2013 - 12:25 PM

Great images. The extra colour visible in V2 'lifts' the image - IMHO.
Well captured.

CaroleS  5289 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 2:22 PM

Might be a set up, but still two very good images.

JuBarney Plus Member 4JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 6:34 PM

Both are lovely but its V1 for me!

p12owe  2101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jan 2013 - 7:03 PM

V2 from a non bird tog... it has something extra! ...and thanks for all the info in the description... its very rare!

annettep38 Plus Member 4216 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 12:08 AM

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 Britain...here 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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