For the first part of this installment click here. Now if I remember correctly I was telling you there was an owl in the tree that the lens was pointing at.
Gahhhh..... I look at the histogram and realize those highlight on the leaf are too much and will be distracting. Also I doubt I could crop them out and have a useable image. So spot meter will not work here lets try an evaluative meter .
A bit better. At least this is something I can work with. By now I am no longer mentally screaming and squealing in delight and starting to think about more than just shot settings and getting a few images. Like lets turn the camera from landscape to portrait orientation .
What about removing some of the headspace at the top of the image
Ok there is a lot that I like about this image but I think I can do better.
Lets take one that might work in black and white to see .
Not terrible but not good either. Stop and think for a moment dummy.....
Ok Hella brush that I am shooting through what about another location for me to move. I pick up tripod leaving camera bag where I dropped it on the boardwalk (on the side not the middle of the road) . The owl stays put so I know I am safe to move slowly and quietly because I will come no closer to it than I am right now.
Vantage point number 2 or maybe 3 if I include the higher tree. Hmmm back lite again. Do not want to deal with that in post so lets move again.
I move slowly a bit at a time looking for framing. Yahtzee I think I found something .
Ok enough of the bullseye type images lets move the owl to one side.
I kind of like this shot but it is missing the catch lights that were present. I should have waited a few moments and grabbed a few more frames. Back to the portrait orientation and shoot for a darker edit that is closer to what I was seeing with my eye.
Now for a black and white. I kind of like the monochrome but lets grab a few more shots.
I think at the moment this one is my favorite one from the series it may change over the next few days or week.
Right after this frame it turned its head and saw a opportunity to grab some food and flew off to catch a small mouse. Unfortunately it was out of range for me to shoot and in too much brush . Rather than interrupt its meal I decided to explore the rest of the park. Did I mention how deadly silent they are when they fly. Not even a whisper of a noise.
I feel honored that I was able to spend about an hour watching and photographing this Barred Owl. I think outside of the first part of the encounter it was very successful because the bird was not concerned with me and went about its routine. I managed to get some good shots now to work on improving them the next encounter. To me this is why I find it important to return to an area time after time and more important get out there and shoot. Luck favored the prepared and I was somewhat prepared. There will be another post with the other bits and bobs that I saw this day but I wanted to dedicate a post or two to this beautiful creature.