|Our First Snowy Owl Day Continued
Mostly the snowy owls can be found on logs and stumps.
The next morning we arrived at the crack of dawn. The owls are more active in the first light of the day.
I used a 500mm lens with a 1.4 extender. On the cropped
sensor, this gave me the equivalent of 1100mm. I used a
solid tripod, remote, and a gimbal camera mount.
After taking a few pictures, we would slowly advance a
few inches at a time. After 30 minutes to an hour I could
move close enough to get a full frame picture, and this
approach never caused an owl to fly away.
We were blessed with clear skies and cold weather.
Jackie took a few of the pictures with her 400mm lens.
She was also a wonderful help with the camera
equipment. And most of all she is a wonderful travel
PHOTO TIP: After almost two years, I finally enabled Back
Button Focus on my camera. A wonderful feature
available on most SLR cameras. Using the Back Button, I
can set the focus on the eyes of a bird and then move
the camera to properly frame the subject. The shutter
button no longer controls focus. Holding the Back Focus
button continously causes the lens to maintain focus on
the subject even if it moves. Wow, I should have done
this a long time ago.
First light of the day made for very soft pictures.
Note the red on this owls face. Must have had a good meal.
Note the frost on the logs (above and below).