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Old May 2, 2007, 11:02 PM   #1
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Took the trash out the other night, and as I was walking back to the house, I shined my flash light over toward the fence and saw an eastern screech owl sitting on the fence. He seemed unperturbed as I watched him - and as I got closer. So I set the flashlight down - keeping it trained on him - then stepped inside to grab my K10D. He was exceedingly patient. I inched closer and closer and eventually managed to find a spot on my deck where I could brace myself. Set camera to ISO 1600 and shot using nothing but the light from the flash light. I was afraid the camera's flash would scare him away. The whole gallery (just five pics) can be seen here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/wmb.porter/20070430Owl

These pics were taken with a Tamron 18-200 f/3.5-6.3 XR Di. I've seen this little fellow once or twice before in our yard. Might see him again. Might try next time to have the 300mm lens on the camera before I take the garbage out.

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Old May 2, 2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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Neat shot! The only owl I've ever managed to take was a great grey one evening. This is really good when you consider it was lit by flashlight and handheld - well done!
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Neat shot! The only owl I've ever managed to take was a great grey one evening. This is really good when you consider it was lit by flashlight and handheld - well done!
Thanks, mtngal. I feel especially lucky because I am pretty sure that shake reduction was OFF. I had turned it off earlier and I think I forgot to turn it on. It might have helped me get a slightly sharper capture with the slow shutter. Forgot to mention the other settings earlier: ISO 1600, f/6.3, 1/30 sec, 200mm. Oh, and I was using auto-focus.

But the key thing here is that the little fella sat still and posed for me. In December I had all my gear ready and bald eagles to shoot at - but just about the time I'd get close enough to make the shot worthwhile, they'd fly off. This little owl did eventually fly off, too. But I got to take pictures for five or ten minutes first, and when he did fly away, he simply vanished. I looked away for half a second, and when I looked back, he was gone. I didn't hear a sound, even though I was close enough (maybe 15 ft?) that I am sure he could hear me breathing.

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Well done, cool owl.
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very cool, will

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Great shot Will esp in those conditions.


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Very nice shot, owls are cool. Using the flashlight was a great idea, if you had used flash you would have had red eye like you wouldn't believe.

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