This week was a good week for an owl hunt.
They are often hard to find, blending so perfectly into their surroundings. Here are three owls I found throughout our area. Some are found in evening light like above, others during the day, but in deep shadow, like below.
Either way, if the subject is dark, the image is of lesser quality when raising the ISO. Colors are not accurate as a result. Grain becomes a problem and images get soft.
The first owl I located was a Great Horned Owl. There is a pair at this location, yet I only found one.
Yesterday, my friend and I traveled to Seneca Falls, NY to find a couple of Snowy Owls. They were in a sunny field. Even though the shutter speed is set for a flying bird, the ISO was not quite as high.
Later in the day, we zipped over to Bloomfield NY to watch and photograph Short-eared Owls. Now here, the ISO was at 4000. Considerable grain resulted with the shutter speed at 1/1250. Not to mention, being hand-held using a long lens with a 1.4TC lowered the light entering the camera which also increases the grain and lowers quality.
You will see more of these owls as I go through my photos at a later date. I will talk about how, what time of day or evening, and where you might find these owls. I just grabbed a few images to post on Facebook, but wanted to share here on Nature and Wildlife Pics.
This is a Great Horned Owl that I took its photo with one of my photography groups in much nicer weather. All with a slower shutter speed, 300mm lens and a reasonable ISO.
I will be gone for a few days to a Canadian park with lots of wildlife. Hopefully we get to see some interesting critters. Maybe another and different owl.