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Long Ear flight

By philhomer  
No surprise, not a genuine wildlife image but another set-up. Given the fact that the 'ears' or feather tufts have flattened against the head you could be forgiven for thinking that this was a short-eared owl.

Only 1/500sec here to allow a little softening in the wings as they move, whilst hopefully keeping the body of the subject sharp.

A reasonable size aperture allows for separation from the unwanted background, and -1 2/3 EC reduces the possibility of 'blown' highlights and, i believe, increases detail.

Being ever critical i now realise that the areas to top left where there were holes through the canopy coverage are potentially distracting - bah!
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A question i am asked over and over at workshops or local clubs is 'what ISO should i use?'

The ISO (as long as within the realistic capabilities of the camera) is actually not that important, or rather it cannot easily be pre-determined, it is the range of results available from that ISO that matter.

I am in the midst of writing a brief but hopefully more useful explanatory note if anyone is interested - this will be uploaded to the website later today
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Tags: Owl Owl photography Photography workshops Pets and captive animals Owl flight Wildlife and nature Long-eared owl

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Richsr 12 91 223 England
26 Sep 2012 8:58AM
Like the inflight timing and back light on the wing in this Phil.
Regards Richard

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fificat100 8 5 2 Scotland
26 Sep 2012 9:14AM
Excellent timing. Lovely lighting.

Lavina
fentiger 18 920 24 England
26 Sep 2012 9:17AM
It would have been a simple matter to clone out the distracting bits of sky. Overall this is a most impressive in-flight capture and one I would have been pleased with.

Albert
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 10:44AM
Superb shot, Phil.
Tony
paulknight 9 2 8 New Zealand
26 Sep 2012 11:18AM
"Set up" it may be but it is a beautiful picture of the owl and yes you could easily fix the little patches of light.
philhomer Plus
9 85 32 England
26 Sep 2012 12:09PM

Quote:It would have been a simple matter to clone out the distracting bits of sky. Overall this is a most impressive in-flight capture and one I would have been pleased with.

Albert




Quote:"Set up" it may be but it is a beautiful picture of the owl and yes you could easily fix the little patches of light.


thanks to all for comments, i do appreciate the ease that this matter could be remedied but the truth is that i should have seen it at the point of capture - a nano-second or three earlier may have avoided it
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 1:56PM
Another amazing shot Phil - always a pleasure to view!
Carol
rayme330 8 17 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2012 2:23PM
Enjoying the images and the technical explanation, Phil keep 'em both coming.

Ray

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