Horned Owl photos

Started Jun 23, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Horned Owl photos
Jun 23, 2011

I was just complaining a couple weeks ago that I'd never get to see an owl in the wild. I've heard them in my neighborhood now for a couple months but only at night and I've not been able to track down where they are since the sounds bounce around the canyon.

I went to the Vista Gas and Steam Engine tractor show this weekend and found some horned owls in a barn there. I was camping out in the area and didn't bring any long lens except my old tamron 70-300. I love that lens because it is lightweight and versatile. But I was wishing for my F*300 when I saw these owls!

Click on the photos with an exif reader and you'll see the bizarre iso I had to use to get these shots. I should have set the shutter a bit faster as they are a bit soft and yes there is noise there too, but there isn't another camera I've ever owned that would have allowed me to pull these shots off. They are all cropped too.

I have 16 photos uploaded to a gallery if you care to see more. I think their expressions are so much fun so each photo shows a bit different look to me anyway. Here is the gallery link:
http://laree.zenfolio.com/p290017115
and the slide show link:
http://laree.zenfolio.com/p290017115/slideshow

I can't believe the iso on these shots. Yep they have noise and yep a bit less detail cause I did run noise reduction on a couple of them but still...pretty dang impressive! iso 10,000 and 12,800?!? Those numbers would just be a dream not too long ago.
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