Monday, August 1, 2011

Barred Owls again






They flew onto the dead tree around the side of the pond, so these last few of the duo were pretty dark and far away.  I cropped them in and toyed with the exposure a bit and I think they came out okay.  And, no, I've not yet tried the red-eye reduction on my camera.  I have tried red-eye correction in photo editing software and didn't like the 'marble-eye' result.  So you're still getting the 'flash eye' treatment.

83 comments:

Mildred said...

These are great pictures! Hope you have a nice Monday!

Manzanita said...

oh oh, you've been up early, early again. These shots are exquisite. Absolutely precious. And the decaying wood from that old tree forms the base and structure of the pictures. You can't duplicate settings like this in a studio. Bravo.....

Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

forestal said...

super photos. i am envious :) great to be able to watch them , even tho in the dark

dan

Roan said...

These are amazing creatures. I really like the 4th shot down. They are watching each other's backs. lol

Bee Lady said...

I love the pics and I think I'd have to stay up all night watching those owls. I think I've only seen two in my lifetime. Heard them though....all night long...

Cindy Bee

Ellie said...

These are great, really love how they blend in with the trees. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Dani said...

awesome shots.
have a great August! :)

Texan said...

They are so cool. mmm I use the word cool loosely. Girly did you see the temps for this week 108 109 and 107! Good grief we are going to roast a live!

Kathy said...

Great shots. I have not had any luck with the red-eye reduction on animal photos. In fact, photos of my daughter's boxer, whose eyes photograph golden or shiny white, aren't even affected by it!

Ruta said...

Amazing! I like the fourth shot the best but would be thrilled to ever come across two owls and get any shots at all!

Jan n Jer said...

They are such unique creatures...I have yet to see one in the wild...only in captivity. Nice shots!!

Tammy said...

Oh...2 together! How exciting. My heart is pounding just thinking sbout it :)

Jill said...

Outstanding! Love the 5th one down but all of them are really fun.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I LOVE the capture of TWO!! Wonderful!!!

Samantha said...

Fantastic!
There is something about owl photos that the "flash eyes" doesn't seem wrong!

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

Amazing enough to get photos of one, but you got two! Double amazing!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

With birds like this around,I too would be shooting even if the eyes turned out a little bright.Still great shots,and thanks for sharing them.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh gorgeous, look at those eyes, so wise. Love Posie

Katie @Pinke Post said...

Wow great photos. Two owls and their eyes and all are quite a sight!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

How great to capture two at one time, T. Any possibility of shooting w/o flash and adjusting the exposure time and shutter speed to avoid the old "flash eye?" Just a thought. These are awesome photos.

Sandra said...

whoooooo whooooo says you need to fix the eyes? i like it just like it is. these are really amazing to me.

Birdman said...

I find owls so interesting.

The Hunter's Wife said...

I think the shots came out great!

lisaschaos said...

Very cool shots! I've only seen these guys during the day. :) I wonder if the flash blinded their night eyes, lol.

Candy C. said...

I like the shots of the two of them together! :)

Lois Evensen said...

I could look at those guys every day. Keep 'em coming! :)

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures! It amazes me that you get these shots without scaring the owls away! Are they adults or are they newly-fledged owlets just venturing out on their own? They are beautiful birds.

Debbie said...

5:40 a.m.....wow, you must have a lot of worms!!

these are great t, i love the couple....i hope they are love birds ;)

Montanagirl said...

I love these. You did a great job considering the lack of lighting. Would really like to see a Barred Owl sometime (other than in pictures that is).

Kelly said...

Oh my gosh....you are sooooooo lucky! I would love, love, love to have Barred Owls in my backyard. I'm so glad you're running this series...

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I think you did real well with what you had to work with. On my camera (today's post) I cloned out an annoying reflection in the lens. Maybe you could do likewise with the eyes.

ellen abbott said...

Magnificent birds. We see or hear owls rarely out here. But I have sighted a very large hawk in the yard twice, catching only a glimpse as it flew off. And the other day it was at the bird bath. Marc got a good look at it and called me in. I moved into the room very slowly so as not to startle it. I only saw it from about mid-way up when it turned it's head and looked right at me, then flew off. don't know what kind but it was easily two or three times larger than the small gray hawks we have in abundance around here.

Sharon said...

Great duo shots! I haven't seen or heard an owl in a good while.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

I love owls, congratulations for these photos, they are magnificent!

Have a nice week.
oa.s

Sylvia K said...

Always love your owl shots and these night ones are fantastic! They are such beautiful birds! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Evanir said...

Que sua semana seja de muita paz,
que você seja abençoada (o)a cada minuto.
nunca esqueça que você mora no meu coração.
Que nossa amizade seja para sempre.
Bjs no seu coração,Evanir.

Hilary said...

I've only seen owls out in the wild a couple of times. Last summer we were treated to a family up near the cottage. Beautiful creatures... as are your captures.

missing moments said...

I so wish I had some around here. I can hear them in the distance in the mornings and evening ... what a beautiful sound.

don said...

The owls' eyes make such nice highlights in this series. Excellent work to get such usable pictures in the limited lighting available.

Pricilla said...

I'm surprised the flash doesn't bother them. Unless they are supermodelowls

Anne McCormack said...

Photo #5 is my favorite too. There's something awesome about owls. I got Great Horned Owls occasionally; I heard a Barred Owl this spring from my yard for only the second time in 20+ years.

Paula said...

A pair no less. I kinda like the eyes the way they come out. They are soooo beautiful.

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Those are awesome pictures Tex. That might be as close as I get to seeing owls like that. We hear an owl at night but never seen it. Do you feel a little out numbered by the critters there?

Liesl said...

Those are beautiful birds and great pictures! Can't wait for summer so we could sit outside till late at night again!

Farm Girl said...

Oh I love the pictures with two of them in the tree. That is so awesome.
Very nice nighttime shots.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Two in one shot, holy smokes, so cool!

Susan said...

Awesome girfriend!!! I've only seen one owl in my whole lifetime and that was a few weeks ago.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So cool! I'm digging the flash eyed treatment, too. :)

Woody said...

You done good with the captures and processing!! I like the eyes - they add an interesting element.

pattisjarrett said...

And they are still beautiful!

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Great night shots of the owls.
Costas

Robin said...

T, what a nice pair of owls!

Larry Ostby said...

These two are becoming ranch celebrities. How special it must be to have them around. Thanks for sharing the photos, they are great.

wayside wanderer said...

Love these guys!

Dina said...

Great catch. And to think I hike for miles in the woods to get a glimpse of these.

lisa said...

Oh my goodness, these shots are absolutely amazing!!
Love those eyes!

Julie G. said...

They really do make awesome subjects. Outstanding! I love the images of the two perched on the dead tree. Beautiful!

Rural Revival said...

These guys are so cool!

Linda R. said...

I just love seeing these shot.. Well done..

Jennifer said...

Very cool night pics.

barbara l. hale said...

Really nice job with these cool ol' owls in difficult situation. You did a great job.

Giga said...

Jak im po oczach "dałaś" lampą błyskową, to co się dziwisz, że im oczy poczerwieniały :-))). Pozdrawiam cieplutko

Louise said...

They're beautiful.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

Not only one beautyful owl, but two! How great is that? These are super pictures, Theresa!

We hear the "hoo-hoot" of an owl from time to time, but we've never been able to see him/her.

Love ya!

gowestferalwoman said...

theyre multiplying! hide the cats!!!

bon bon said...

these are great! i certainly wouldn't worry about "marble-eye" for night shots. they might look stuffed otherwise. ;o)

Deb said...

awesome....

Ms. ~K said...

As always, amazing!!!

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

They came out great!

JDS said...

Wonderful pictures! It's been a while since I've seen a barred owl in the wild, but may, do I remember how big and regal they look!

Chatty Crone said...

Gosh those red eyes and black body scare me!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---what fabulous pictures... You are so lucky to get to see the owls... SUCH gorgeous birds!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Nova said...

I like it the way it is....looks spooky :-)))

Greetings
Nova

Rose said...

I am officially green with envy now! These are wonderful...and there are two of them! Do you get all excited when trying to photograph something like this? I would not be able to contain myself!

NicoleB said...

I love seeing these shy guys :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Your photos are great. You are so lucky to have some much wildlife around your place.

Millie said...

It's a pair! Maybe you'll have baby owls next spring. That would be very cute.

Kerry said...

ooooooooooooooh! Magical!!

Arija said...

Wonderful owls and great night shots as well.

Margaret said...

I love the fact that there were two! Wow.

Furry Bottoms said...

whooooooooo's there? Hooo hoooo hooooooooow? Hoooooooooooo's there?

Joe said...

Catching one is good but two is awesome.

Marissa ♥ said...

Awesome photos!

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