First Owl Picture :)

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ThomCull
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First Owl Picture :)
Oct 30, 2012

This afternoon I had a break from lectures so I went on a walk through the provincial park thinking I would look for wildlife, given the thick fog I had pretty much given up hope of seeing anything of significance when I spotted my first owl ever.

Looks to be a Great Horned Owl, fairly common, but still the first I've ever photographed and second I've ever seen wild.

Great Horned Owl - St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Not the greatest photo ever, however my 350D was pretty much maxed out with ISO 800 and low light thanks to the fog.

C&C appreciated, I think I will start to do this more often as I hear there are snowy and other varieties in the same park.

- Thomas

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ThomCull
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Digirame
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I like these better.  Yes, it's difficult with foggy weather, so I don't think we can find fault with your pictures.  Some people photoshop different backgrounds and play around with the image that way for different affects.  But that is something I don't care to do...but it can be useful.

I've only had a few times to take pictures of owls, in fact it's so few of times that I remember where they were.  Once it was on Vancouver Island.  I tried to take the picture of the owl under the dark canopy of trees with my Sony H2 P&S camera.  I was able to get a photo of the bird, but the image quality was not good.  The other time was in Walla Walla, Washington as I followed an owl in a clump of trees.  But branches obscured my view of the owl, so I was unable to get a photo of it with my Olympus E-510 DSLR camera.  So saying that, I can appreciate sometimes the difficulty in taking pictures of these owls, particularly in dark conditions.  Now, with the Canon T2i (550D) cameras that I'm using, I think I would be better able to get a good photo of them in low light conditions.

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In reply to Digirame, Oct 30, 2012

Thank you for the kind words, I forgot to mention that the bottom one is SOOC, just converted to JPG from LR4. To give an idea of how foggy it truly was.

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In reply to ThomCull, Oct 30, 2012

It looks like that fog is going to change to massive amounts of rain & snow. That's some Nor'easter storm coming your way. When it is safe to take photos, you'll have to show us some of the affects.

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ThomCull wrote:

The top image looks excellent when I click View: Original Size!  I would encourage anyone reading this to have a look at it that way.

Very nice capture!  Congratulations!

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In reply to Y0GI, Oct 30, 2012

Thank you very much, I don't know what happened when I exported from LR, there is an odd border happening with the first. This has really inspired me to follow wildlife for a while, I live essentially in a provincial park (subdivision is surrounded) so maybe I'll take it as an opportunity to stalk some moose, elk, and if I'm lucky find an eagle. They're apparently around this area.

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