A Few Frames of Short Eared Owls
I got out last evening, locally, with a couple friends, and photographed some short ear owls in some local corn fields. The temperature was in the mid-20' F, and the breeze was a moderate 5-8 mph, it was heavy overcast, and low contrast. My shutter speed I set at 1/800th ( far too long for good bif's ) but with my aperture wide open at f5.6 -6.3 my ISOs fell to around ~ ISO 6400, or a bit higher or lower as the sun approached the horizon a few minutes before sunset. The sun was setting hidden behind the overcast. I mention this because the low, flat light made AF slow and variable, even on my 1DX Mk II.
Owl flight patterns can be highly variable and it can be hard to follow them with long lenses. These were all shot hand held.
Here a a few captures -
ISO 5000, 1/800th, f6.3 1DX Mk II with a Tamron 150-600 G2 lens
ISO 5000, 1/800th, f6.3 - same camera and lens as above
ISO 3200, 1/640th, f4 - Sony RX 10 IV -- 220mm ( 600mm equivalent )
All three of these images represent about 1/3 to 1/2 crop of the available sensor area, so try imagine if I could have filled the frame, without cropping, how the image quality might look. The RX 10 IV holds up pretty well to ISO 1600 or so
I was not prone for the last image, although it almost looks like it, doesn't it?
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