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Really nice expression and eye contact! How long did it take to get the shot?
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Sunning Owl



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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken right near my front door. I have witnessed owls in here in past years, but not for any length of time.
Time
Late afternoon. I had just arrived home from a trip when I caught it out of the corner of my eye.
Lighting
I used a Canon Flash for fill purposes.
Equipment
Canon 6D, Canon 100-400 L, Hand held with Canon Speedlite 550EX
Inspiration
The inspiration came from thinking that the owl would only be present for the day, so I quickly grabbed the camera and snapped away.
Editing
I always do post-processing and this photo was no exception. It always begins with Lightroom adjustments, and in this case I opted to adjust the temperature to a warmer tone since it was more of a cloudy day. Further Photoshop adjustments were made from there.
In my camera bag
Besides my Canon 6D, I typically carry a portrait lens (Canon 85mm 1.2L) and a landscape lens (Canon 16-35mm L). Also, I usually carry the Canon 100-400 5.6L that was used for this shot. I never go anywhere without my tripod, as I opt to shoot HDR images where possible.
Feedback
For a shot like this, I could have utilized a tripod since the owl didn't move much. Typically though if shooting wildlife I tend to hand hold if I plan to capture the moment quickly. I have also used my ring flash for these types of shots in the past, although it can produce negative results in the eyes, and the ring flash is cumbersome to use.

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