Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Snowy Owl in Flight!

Yesterday I had two great opportunities to photograph a snowy owl. I was thrilled to make this flight shot. This owl was perched high on a dune. It was early morning and the light was perfectly diffused by some thin clouds. After watching this bird for about a half hour, it decided to shift its position about ten feet to the next dune. I was ready. Fortunately, I was able to make a sharp photo of its face as it flew.

It was worth it to get up early and freeze my fingers off to get this shot! It was only 30 degrees, but after sittng still for more than an hour, my hands were downright chilly! Still worth it:)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So Close....

This morning I was fortunate to photograph another snowy owy owl. It was perched in a tall pine tree for quite a while. Snowy owls are not known for perching in trees, but then again, they are known for perching wherever they please...

After watching this owl for nearly a half hour, it was harrassed by a group of crows. I have been trying to get a great photo of an owl taking off. So far, this may be my best.

I am happy to write that next fall, I will be displaying some of my favorite snowy owl images at the North River Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Over the next couple of months, I will be trying to improve my current portfolio. On my short list is a shot of an owl with its prey. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Snowy Owl Invasion Continues

Today I was lucky to photograph another snowy owl. This one was very distinctively marked, so I knew that it was a new one for me. The owl was far away when I first saw it. Then it flew very close and I was able to photograph it using a van as a blind.

In an effort to speed up my frames per second, I have gone back to shooting JPEGS when photographing wildlife. RAW frames just jam up the memory buffers, because they take up too much space to record quickly. With the help of Lightroom and Nik software, I am able to make this image look as I saw it.

This has been a banner year for snowy owls. It has been a thrill to see so many owls!
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