Ann and I were out near Middle Concho Park yesterday. It was getting late in the morning, the light was harsh and contrasty, and the birds were laying in for the afternoon. However, as we were driving along, Ann was startled to see a Great Horned Owl fly from a branch near the car. We followed along to where we thought it had landed, and eventually spotted it far back in the woods.
I turned the car around so I could get a shot through the trees from my driver’s side window. I was using my Canon 7D Mark II and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. Shutter priority, 1/2500 sec. @ f7.1, ISO 3200. This is original image.
Now, this image, in itself is really not a bad photograph. Most people would be happy to have it. However, with a bit of cropping for composition, some color and lighting adjustments for the bright conditions, I was able to come up with this final photograph.
So as you can see, the camera really does lie. It cannot always cope with difficult lighting conditions. In this case, bright sun high in the sky, making harsh shadows. I would prefer softer lighting, i.e. clouds covering the sun, or even overcast. But, when trying to capture wildlife, you deal with what you have to work with. I edited this image in Photoshop, but the minor adjustments I made could be done with any inexpensive software. Click on either image to see enlargements.
So, enough about editing. Monday afternoon, Ann and I were sitting in front of our house watching the neighborhood birds. This juvenile Curve-billed Thrasher landed in our ocotillo, and minutes later an adult arrived and began feeding it with an insect of some type. I cursed myself for leaving my camera inside. I ran to get it, but by the time I got back the adult was gone. However, I got some images of the young bird. Interesting, though, that if I hadn’t seen the adult, I may not have recognized the bird for what it was. I realized that with the juvenile, the bill is shorter and they eye has not yet achieved that fierce orange color.
Driving near O.C. Fisher Lake at San Angelo State Park on Sunday afternoon netted me a couple of other photos.
Well, that’s it for this post. Catch ya in a few days.