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Hunting Owl

By Malc61
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Tags: Barn owl Wildlife and nature

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paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2020 7:46PM
It's a valian attempt at a very difficult subject. it need to be harper on the bird and that is always difficult> I doubt the lens is at it's best wide open ,and f8 would be better, but then shutter speed becomes a problem. You could do with around1/100 for such shots and camera support would be a help. - I rarely go bird shooting without at least a monopod. You have a little burn out on the body - possibly half a stop less exposure.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
5 Jul 2020 9:31PM
This is in Paul's area of expertise, and definitely not in mine - so I'll agree with everything he says, and add that 1/500 is a very low speed to be using for a moving bird with a 600mm lens on an APS-C camera - equivalent to three feet of lens on full-frame.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 784 England
5 Jul 2020 9:41PM
Welcome back Malcolm, I see it's a while since you uploaded to the Critique Gallery.

You've caught the bird nicely and it's positioned well in the frame.
The feet appear to be the sharpest part. Given the distance involved all of the bird should be in the plane of focus so I suspect just a small amoun of movement. It's surprising that evn 1/500 isn't alays fast enough when shooting birds in action.

There is strong light on the owl and that's resulted in lost detail through overexposure. A stop less would have retained this detail an given you a more handy 1/1000 shutter speed.

If there was some foliage or grass (or other mid tone) in the same strong light it would be good to take a reading from that to base your exposure on. The relatively darker background looks to have influened the camera to give extra exposure.
In tricky lighting like this I'd always look for those midtones to use as a guide.
Personally I'd tend to set that exposure manually but you could still use Auto and set exposure compensation to get the desired exposure. The choice is yours as to which you find easier.

That's all I can say unless you let us know what you think, are you happy withthe image or is there something you're not satisfied with?

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4272 Canada
5 Jul 2020 10:22PM
Use shutter priority, called Tv in Canonese.

Set it at least 1.5 times the focal length, (1/1,000th) leave ISO set to auto, and AF set to AF Servo.
chase Plus
16 2.2k 584 England
7 Jul 2020 2:41PM
Hi Malcom, I am a touch late to this, sorry.
My feelings are much the same as have been covered.
A well seen image and a difficult one to get right, especially with what looks like tricky light which has not helped the over exposure on the body of the Owl.
Focus does need to be on the head and eye of the bird, here it seems you missed and focused on the feet.
Barn Owls do tend to hover whilst hunting so you really need to be quick and a sturdy tripod is essential.

Quote:Set it at least 1.5 times the focal length, (1/1,000th) leave ISO set to auto, and AF set to AF Servo.

Good advice from Willie there.

I do like the fact you have captured him doing something and in his natural environment..

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