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A Short Eared Owl is Zoned In on his target.

A Short Eared Owl is Zoned In on his target.
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Winner in Summer 2020 award Photo Challenge
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NatureCoast September 05, 2020
Congratulations as the winner of my Summer 2020 Award challenge. This very striking image immediately caught my attention. Beautiful capture and editing to turn it into a piece of artwork. Well done! Kathy
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Congratulations🎉🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊 well deserved challenge win🥳🥳🥳 regards Lokesh Aeri 🙏🙏🙏🙏
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Very well done. Congratulations.
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Magnificent image! Composition is spot on. Congratulations on your win!
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Behind The Lens


Captured this image of a beautiful short eared owl at a Birds of Prey photo shoot put on by Wisconsin Area Camera Club and the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.


The shoot was a 3 hour time slot, 9am-noon.


Nothing special here for lighting, all natural lighting


This is an older photo, from 2010, that I revisited. Back then I was shooting with an Olympus E3(4/3) camera. If memory serves me right I did use a tripod on this image. I used the 50/200mm F2.8-3.5 zuiko lens. F5.6 1/5000 sec. ISO1000


WACCO (Wisconsin Area Camera Club Org) and Schlitz Audubon get together every 2 years to put on this shoot. It gives the photographers the opportunity to see these awesome rehab birds up close and capture some great photos. The proceeds help out the center for care for the birds.


After my normal post processing on the original image I replaced the background with a textured image. All post processing and the blending in of the textured background were done in Photoshop Elements 2018.

In my camera bag

My lens of choice is a long telephoto. This image was with the legacy 50-200mm 4/3 lens. These days I use the 75-300mm (micro4/3). Use this for wildlife, birds and butterflies. I have a few in my bag to choose from: 50mm macro, 40-150mm, 75mm, 11-22. I also carry 2 camera bodies in my bag. Olympus OMD-1 mark2 & OMD-1 mark3.


For those starting out in photography I strongly suggest joining a camera club. The friendships found are great and everyone is always willing to share tips to help you out. Our clubs do group outings, which are another great opportunity to learn with others. As of now, with Covid-19 everywhere, all of our outings have been cancelled. We have been able to have our monthly meetings remotely thru zoom. Not the same but we can stay in touch a bit thru that and FB postings. Check out videos on you tube and on FB to learn techniques on replacing backgrounds/creating photo art. It is a lot of fun transforming an ordinary photo into a piece of artwork.

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