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Great grey owl



Here's one I took a while ago and have only just got round to editing.

This is the world's largest species of owl, and by far my favourit...
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Here's one I took a while ago and have only just got round to editing.

This is the world's largest species of owl, and by far my favourite owl ever! (Since seeing David Attenborough's Frozen Planet slow motion footage of a great grey owl in flight)


D800, f2.8 1-2000 ISO1100 @300mm

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8 Comments | Report
johanvermeulen
 
johanvermeulen November 12, 2016
Amasing !
Bookins
 
Bookins November 12, 2016
Just beautiful
JBordons PRO+
 
JBordons November 12, 2016
Incredible capture.
Donnatti
 
Donnatti November 12, 2016
excellent shot
anthonybraithwaite
 
anthonybraithwaite November 14, 2016
Great shot...amazing to catch this creature in mis flight
coreyhardcastle
 
coreyhardcastle February 02, 2017
Fabulous shot!
dickdoeren
 
dickdoeren March 24, 2017
Great Capture
coleenlindstrom PRO+
 
coleenlindstrom January 23, 2018
splendid

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Behind The Lens

Location
As much as I'd love to say this was taken out in the wild, it was actually at a bird of prey sanctuary.
Time
This was taken just after midday
Lighting
It was an overcast day, which usually lends itself well for photography, as the clouds act as a giant diffuser thus creating nice soft light. In an ideal world it could have been a lot brighter for this kind of image, the birds fly so fast, and unless you want to capture some motion blur on the wings you need a really fast shutter speed for freezing the movement. This was taken with a shutter speed of 1/2000 and the ISO has been pushed up to 1100.
Equipment
Nikon D800, 70-200mm f2.8 on DX crop mode, so effectively 300mm.
Inspiration
Having seen the great grey owl in David Attenborough's frozen planet, I was keen to take a nice shot of this magnificent bird of prey. ALl I really wanted was the bird flying towards me and a soft green background.
Editing
I try not to do too much with regard to PP. I did however have to clone out a couple of small distracting objects in the frame, including the string from the birds legs, and a small branch in the lower half of the frame. other than that it was just the usual tweak in exposure, contract, sharpening and saturation.
In my camera bag
Nikon shooter from Nottingham. Covering weddings and portraits for Nottingham Derby and the surrounding areas. Bodies: Nikon D800 Nikon D300 Glass: Nikon 70-200 f2.8 Nikon 24-70 f2.8 Nikon 50mm f1.4 Nikon 14-24 f2.8 Sigma 8mm fisheye Lighting: Jinbei DC1200 Genesis GF400 Godox Speedlight Modifiers: Godox stripbox Lastolite Ezybox 60cm Bessel Gridded Softbox 37 inch Octabox Beauty Dish/Reflectors Lastolite tri-grip reflector Godox X1T trigger & receiver Thinktank belt system and Black rapid strap
Feedback
I would say the things to keep in mind are; - Background. try to go for a shallow DOF and keep the background clutter free. - Camera Settings. For this kind of shot you could always try and choose a shutter speed just right for getting a sharp owl and blurred wings.. maybe around 1/80-1/125 or to ensure everything is sharp, a fast shutter speed of around 1/2000 - just be mindful of your ISO, and do be afraid to push it high, if it means you get a little noise/grain, so be it. Its better to get a noisy image which is sharp, rather than a non-grainy image which has camera shake! - Focal length. I'd definitely recommend at leasta 200mm lens for this kind of photography, if you have a converter go for it, if not you can always shoot in DX crop mode effectively giving you 1.5x the focal length. You can more of these kind of hot over at ; http://www.mattselbyphotography.co.uk/nottingham-wedding-photographers-personal-photography/

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