Thursday, January 8, 2009
Great Horned Owl
This Florida Great Horned Owl image was the better of the 3 that I chose to work up from the December trip. As you can see the lighting was a challenge. On occasion, I receive an email and asking how I was able to obtain some of the images. So, FYI below were the steps I took to get a keeper:
1) Changed the metering to the "spot" option. Using spot metering allowed the camera to only retrieve a reading from the owl, the focus of our photo, instead gathering the extraneous light from the background.
2) Next, experimented with the exposure some, starting with +1 going all the way to +2 and then found that +1 1/3 worked best after checking the camera's histogram.
3) Unfortunately did have to use a flash. Feather highlights and head details would not be visible w/out bringing in some light. I don't usually like to use a flash due to critter disturbance. Tried one flash and the owl did not seem to mind. I also used a Better Beamer attachment to my 580 to extend the flash's range.
Other info: 400 ISO; 400mm/2.8 w/1.4 extender on a Mark IIN