Owl flights in Bragg Creek

Evening launch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with Canon 500mm F/4 IS lens: 1/1250 second at f/4 on ISO 2500

Kezia and I drove out to see the owl the other night.  This visit was a real treat.  The Great Gray Owl was very relaxed and flew towards us in two short glides separated with twenty minutes of perching on a fencepost.

A golden flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with Canon 500mm F/4 IS lens: 1/1250 second at f/4 on ISO 2500

Fence launch - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with Canon 500mm F/4 IS lens: 1/640 second at f/4 on ISO 4000

Kezia was delighted watching the owl’s swooping flight and she whispered to the owl urging her to keep flying.  As it got darker the owl got more active so Kezia got to watch it flying every couple of minutes.  It moved into the forest, came back and then crossed the road, perched nearby and then we left for home.

Forest flight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with Canon 500mm F/4 IS lens: 1/640 second at f/4 on ISO 4000

It was a great evening to be out, especially with Kezia and I having so much fun.

Night watchmen - 2013 © Christopher Martin

Canon 5DIII camera with Canon 500mm F/4 IS lens: 1/320 second at f/4 on ISO 5000

13 responses

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  2. Just gorgeous. Nothing else.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  3. where abouts in bragg was this? Was out in Kcountry and bragg since 4am, got some good shots (for a beginer with mid range lenses) but didnt see much bird-life!

    May 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  4. Excellent lighting.-Has Kesia asked for a camera yet? Sounds like the magic has struck.

    May 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  5. WOW!! Splendid shots!

    May 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  6. very nice pictures, owls are not the easiest crittors to not only see in the daytime but to photograph.

    May 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

  7. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    May 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

  8. Fantastic images. I love owls.

    May 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

  9. victoriaaphotography

    Great Images. This particular owl is very photogenic.
    I was wondering what camera settings also?

    May 13, 2013 at 7:36 am

    • Hi Victoria,

      I have added settings under each image and detailed some of the more general camera setup in my reply to Svetlana.

      Let me know if there is anything else you have a question about with regards to these images.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      May 13, 2013 at 11:13 am

  10. Your pictures are perfect! Could I ask you about the camera settings you used to take them? (And the lens :))

    May 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

    • Hi Svetlana,

      Thank you for your kind words and for your questions.

      I have updated the post to include the camera/lens/setting details under each photograph. I use center-point AF and was in Aperture Priority mode with evaluative metering set. I used a +2/3 stops exposure compensation to increase the owl’s brightness against the lighter forest background.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      May 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

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