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Barn Owl Beauty





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Duchess January 27, 2016
Love this well done. I still have so much to learn so thank you for sharing
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Artmann June 20, 2019
Nice photo, I am adding this one to my Favorites for this challenge.
NaturesBounty September 04, 2019
Lovely with great detail and colors.
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richardbauman September 05, 2019
Thank you, NaturesBounty

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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken at "Bird Day" at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens in Claremont, Calif. It's an annual event where birds one normally can't get close to, like raptors, are available to view and photograph.
The picture was taken at about ten in the morning, in open shade.
It was soft lighting without any harsh shadows or strong contrasts. It turned out to be great lighting for photographing this barn owl.
Nikon D5200, Nikon 55-200mm kit lens, f/7/1, 1/500th, ISO 500, handheld in available light.
The bird was so calm despite the people and noise going on around him/her. The bird was the epitome of serenity sitting perfectly still on its keeper's arm. Also the bird's coloring; the tans and browns contrasting with the white face and dark eyes. Captivating.
The image is cropped to remove a bit of the keeper's shirt sleeve, and brightened a bit using Photoshop Elements 8. That was all the post processing I did to it.
In my camera bag
Nikon D5200 body, Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens and an a Nikon 18-55mm kit lens, circular polarizing filter, remote shutter release, Slik monopod 350 and Slik 500DX tripod, Sunpak digiflash 3000.
Do your best to shoot birds like this one at eye level. That's not always possible, but when you focus on the eyes it brings the picture to life. The eye contact is is almost magical and it gives a feeling of closeness to the bird. Also, take a lot of shots at different settings to improve your chances of getting a really good shot.

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