Barn Owl 19 crop
Barn Owl 33f crop
I've always wanted to photograph wild
barn owls in flight, so in late January 2008 I went with
a couple of friends to North Norfolk for a few days to see
what we could find. We were amazed at just how many
owls we saw, and after a little homework we spent a couple
of mornings and evenings on 2 owls. Unfortunately,
one had a couple of feathers out of place, but it does prove
the owl is wild.
Barn Owl 14 crop
The light throughout the trip was
quite dull, and coupled with the time of day that the owls
came out to hunt, forced me into shooting at higher than
normal ISO ratings. With the Canon 5D, I would try
to keep the ISO at 400 or below, but almost always the results
were blurred through poor panning or even focus tracking.
Too many images were lost to the bin.
Thankfully, I think the aesthetic and interest value of
the images more than compensates for any loss of quality,
so I'm quite happy with these - for now.
Barn Owl 42
Barn owl photographs almost always mean dusk and lower
light levels than ideal.
This can often be compensated by the richer tones and
more dramatic lighting.
Barn Owl 31
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