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I was lucky to watch 3 babies spent their summer growing and learning all about life from Mom and Dad. They grow so fast....
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I was lucky to watch 3 babies spent their summer growing and learning all about life from Mom and Dad. They grow so fast.
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2 Comments |
SnowbunnyPhotography Platinum
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 21, 2016
Awww! He's still fuzzy. :-) Cute! Congrats on the award! :-)
melissavines36
 
melissavines36 March 04, 2016
Cute! He's so fuzzy!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken down the street from my house at a park that runs along the Coquitlam River, in BC Canada.

Time

I had been walking my dog down one of the trails around 3pm when I heard the tell tail sound of baby owls. I looked around and saw mom swoop out of a tree and land in a branch close to me. I then noticed that she had a baby to the left of her and another one in another tree. I called my friend and let him know, then rushed home to grab my camera. We arrived back at the location around 4:30 pm, we noticed that there was, in fact, three babies and Mom and Dad.

Lighting

Since the shot was taking in the forest and it was late afternoon sun, I had to use a higher ISO than I normally would to make sure my shutter speed was as fast as possible to avoid blur.

Equipment

This shot was taken with my Canon 6D, and I used the Tamron SP 150-600mm. Settings were 1/250 sec at f/5.6 ISO 2500 400mm

Inspiration

I have always loved owls, so seeing them in the wild always makes my heart race. This was my first time seeing an entire family of owls, and such cute fluffy little babies. Being able to share the time with them as the curiously watched us from high in the branches was amazing.

Editing

I use Lightroom to process all of my shots. For this particular one, his face was a bit dark so I used the adjustment brush to lighten the shadows a bit.

In my camera bag

My bag always consists of my Canon 6D, 24-105mm f4L IS USM, Canon Prime EF 50mm f1.8II and my Tamaron 70-300 F/4-5.6 DI. I always pack my Vanguard VEO 235AB, wireless and wired shutter release, Lee Filter holder and my as well as various lens cleaning and microfiber cloths.

Feedback

Bird photography can be very frustrating but very rewarding. You need to have a lot of patience when shooting animals in their natural habitat. When walking through a forest always look up, and make sure you are listening. If there are baby owls you will generally hear their peeping cry before you see them. Once they have been spotted, a telephoto lens will as well as a tripod will generally be needed to make sure your shot is nice and crisp. Make sure to keep your shutter speed as fast as possible to avoid any blur if they move, and then just watch and enjoy.

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