Success and failure.IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Fd2cbu My first (and only) Short Eared Owl portrait.
I don't mind up posting my failures even when they are a huge success
This weekend after the Sandhill Cranes we went into the Smokies (GSMNP) and to
Cades Cove where we camped with the hopes of a Short-eared Owl.
Last month we spent 3 days in Ohio looking for no avail.
Once deep into Cades Cove during the day we spotted two Norther Harriers---where there
are Harriers there are Short-eared Owls (SEOs). Same terrain, just different times of day.
So we parked and waited, hoping one would show up before dark. Sadly the Sun set but we still
had hopes. Eventually we decided to drive slowly down the gravel road back to the loop road and make
our way out. I spotted him in the distance, asked Poof to turn the van hard left. Rolled down the window
and got three shots off.
I'll be the first to admit (Gene HELP!!) I know little about flash photography, less about night time Owl photography.
This shot posted was the best of the lot, at ISO 800 I just pulled up the exposure as best as I could in PScc.
So failure for IQ but a huge success in finding (for our area they are super rarities and only come when it is bitterly cold) this
I'm not done with them though and I'm already planning another trip for my next off week to hopefully find more, but up north.
So my first and only SEO portrait-
, on Flickr