Juvenile screech owl with the 7D MK2 at ISO 8,000

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Although I am beginning to use the Canon 6D for low-light images, I still use the 7D MK2 occasionally for low-light. This photo taken at ISO 8,000 at 1/25s handheld because the image-stabilization on the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS III is great. Cleaned up background just a bit with Neat Image. It did not require much noise reduction at all.  Thanks for looking.

Juvenile screech owl at ISO 8,000 looks great

BTW, I can use ISO 25,600 and 52.000 on the Canon 6D without much concern. That is how good the 6D still is for high ISO low noise.

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Ozark Bill New Member • Posts: 12
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Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I tell anyone who will listen that the 7D ii can handle low light much better than it’s given credit for. All you need do is pay attention and ETTR and I’ve gotten images I’ve been quite happy with at 6400.

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Ozark Bill wrote:

Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I tell anyone who will listen that the 7D ii can handle low light much better than it’s given credit for. All you need do is pay attention and ETTR and I’ve gotten images I’ve been quite happy with at 6400.

Thanks Bill.  Yes, key is ETTR.  I have also pushed the 7D MK2 to ISO 12,800 or 16,000.  The ETTR helps with the noise.

BTW, the piece of bark under the owl just happens to look like its legs.  Lucky placement.

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Beautiful photo. Good thing for us photographers that the juvenile owls don't know how to hide as well as the parents.

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Krusty79 wrote:

Beautiful photo. Good thing for us photographers that the juvenile owls don't know how to hide as well as the parents.

Thanks.  You are so right.  When they leave the nest, the young stick together so if you find one, you find them all.  One of the parent owls is close by watching over them.  I find the owls mainly when other birds find them first and sound the alert.  I follow the alert calls and it leads me to the owls.

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Krusty79 Senior Member • Posts: 2,820
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Justme wrote:

Krusty79 wrote:

Beautiful photo. Good thing for us photographers that the juvenile owls don't know how to hide as well as the parents.

Thanks. You are so right. When they leave the nest, the young stick together so if you find one, you find them all. One of the parent owls is close by watching over them. I find the owls mainly when other birds find them first and sound the alert. I follow the alert calls and it leads me to the owls.

I recently photographed a couple of fledgling western screech owls. They were near the nest cavity, standing near each other. After we had been photographing them for a while, we realized there was an adult a couple feet away, brilliantly camouflaged in a long crack in a branch. No wonder the adults are so hard to find if they are not being mobbed by other birds.

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Krusty79 wrote:

Justme wrote:

Krusty79 wrote:

Beautiful photo. Good thing for us photographers that the juvenile owls don't know how to hide as well as the parents.

Thanks. You are so right. When they leave the nest, the young stick together so if you find one, you find them all. One of the parent owls is close by watching over them. I find the owls mainly when other birds find them first and sound the alert. I follow the alert calls and it leads me to the owls.

I recently photographed a couple of fledgling western screech owls. They were near the nest cavity, standing near each other. After we had been photographing them for a while, we realized there was an adult a couple feet away, brilliantly camouflaged in a long crack in a branch. No wonder the adults are so hard to find if they are not being mobbed by other birds.

Awesome.  Thanks for sharing that experience.   While the adult birds know how to hide, unfortunately the young eventually give them away

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Tom59 Senior Member • Posts: 1,508
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Great photo!!

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Tom59 wrote:

Great photo!!

Thanks again.

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Wonderful capture! Thanks for creating, and sharing your work.

I am seeing and hearing fewer Screech Owls, in our neighborhood, this year. I hope it is not a permanent trend. I have only seemed to see them, as they are flying, when they appear in the glow of a street lamp, during evening walks with the dogs, so, obviously, I have had no luck photographing them.

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Ken53 Senior Member • Posts: 2,179
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Thanks for the post. Your image is great. I also appreciate the technical info that some posters often don't included here at DPR.

I just purchased a new  7Dii a few months ago while knowing it is technically old. Actually it was hard to locate a new 7Dii. The few left are often going for premium prices. I am finding the 7Dii is a "much" better camera then is portrayed by the the press it gets. Simply not under exposing allows clean looking high ISO images. The focusing is amazingly dependable when tweaked to the task at hand. I am hooked on BIF at the moment and this 7Dii is just simply fun.

Thanks again for the nice post.

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