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Photo taken at Lindsey Farms in Quay County, NM

Photo taken at Lindsey Farms in Quay County, NM
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Djrussell July 14, 2018
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Behind The Lens

The photo was taken at my parents’ ranch in rural Quay County, NM. I currently live in the Dallas/Forth Worth area in Texas, so I miss the scenery and wildlife where I grew up. This photo was taken while visiting home for the holidays.
This one was taken around 900 in the morning a few days after Christmas. I had seen this owl the day before in the same general area, so I woke up early and searched for quite a while before seeing it at eye level in a cedar tree less than 50 feet away. I snapped a few shots and backed away.
It was a cloudy day in late December on the high plains of Eastern New Mexico. It would have been nice had there been more light, but the photo turned out alright in the end.
I didn’t have a tripod with me, so the camera was the only equipment involved, a Nikon B700 bridge camera.
My wife has been a birder for quite some time, so I bought her a “superzoom” camera to shoot birds with. We learned together how to use the camera, and that is when II started to take an interest in photography. I mainly photograph wildlife now, so I was super excited to see such a stunningly beautiful owl just staring at me.
Since it was taken on a cloudy day, the light wasn’t so great, so a quick increase in “brightness is all of the post processing that was needed.
In my camera bag
I still consider myself to be an amateur and I don’t have a lot of equipment. I generallly just take my camera with me everywhere I go (walking the dogs, hiking, traveling, etc)
Most owls are nocturnal so the best time to capture them is early in the morning or late in the evening. Most all birds are most active in the early hours of the day. Beautiful wildlife is all around in almost every place you can go, so just be looking for it and always have a camera at the ready.

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