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RuwanFonseka July 16, 2015
Well crafted image.
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p_eileenbaltz June 05, 2016
Congratulations on your feature. :)
 
JDLifeshots July 12, 2016
Great capture! Congrats.

Screech Owl Calling



This screech owl was very animated and vocal.
This screech owl was very animated and vocal.
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Contest Finalist in Beautiful Owls Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3
Contest Finalist in Celebrating Nature Photography Day Photo Contest 2016
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photograph was taken at a special event to raise money for injured raptor rehabilitation. During this event, raptors perch in various places for environmental portraits. Very similar to having a human model pose for a fashion shoot.
Time
This was early in the morning at around 8:00 am.
Lighting
Because this is a forest area, the lighting is very low during these shoots. I always use a fill flash here to open up the shadows.
Equipment
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f4 L Shutterspeed: 1/125 ISO: 1250 Tripod: Manfrotto/Bogen 3221 / Bogen 3030 Pan/Tilt Head
Inspiration
Of course, I am always looking for something unique and interesting. Sometimes I find this type of photograph in the wilds of North America and sometimes I find these jewels at a place like a raptor rehab center. In this case, I think the inspiration comes from realizing first that this is an incredible cause that any wildlife photographer should get behind. Next, with a function like this, you have to feel inspired to do something different. Look for "gesture" from your subject and not just a owl perched on a stick. I think this is what photography is all about. Take something somewhat mundane and turn it into something interesting or compelling.
Editing
I did pretty much the standard post processing. I increased contrast, adjusted white and black points, performed overall and local noise reduction and sharpened it up a bit.
In my camera bag
Well, the easiest way to find out what I carry on a normal photo shoot is to simply go to my website link: http://www.mattcuda.com/index.php?/pages/my-gear/
Feedback
The biggest advice I can give any fellow photographer is to keep the passion real. What I mean is to always be searching for "the shot." Sometimes we nail it and go home smiling, but many times we don't (especially in wildlife). When faced with subjects that many are shooting, think differently than others. Look for compelling body language or gesture. In the case of perched raptors, look for wing spreads, calling and eating gestures. Be aware of your shutter speed in low light conditions. Here, for example, my shutter speed is in the basement and I could only capture certain gestures. Calling and eating are examples, I knew I could pull off and I waited for it.

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