Let There be an Owl

Let There be an OwlThis image is dedicated to all the Exposure Northwest participants who continue to have fun at my expense after the disappointment of missing the classic shot of an owl framed in the top window of a barn:)

I spent a couple of hours Monday evening after the workshop walking/circling a hedgerow/snowbreak  in the Mission Valley that I have been meaning to get back to since last year. I thought it was going to be a bust so I settled in for some last minute evening landscape shots. After a couple minutes of concentrating on landscape and the sky I looked over my left shoulder and to my surprise there he was a couple hundred feet away. He was not there previously.  I approached very slowly getting shots as I did so, he was not terribly nervous, just curious. I was able to circle the bottom of the tree that he was in but the light was fading fast so it was a little difficult getting a shot as  he was deep in shadow. Anyway this is what I could rescue of the image I liked the best.

He did not spook until these aggressive little blackbirds with red shoulders kept harassing him.

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Camera Info/Settings/Post Processing:
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Canon 7D
Canon 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS @ 200mm
1/400 second exposure @ F2.8
Singh-Ray LB Color Combo polarizer
ISO 200
Exposure Bias: 0EV
Medium Gitzo tripod..
Adobe DNG Converter - 15 to 25% smaller files average.
RAW file processed with Lightroom 3
No HDR