The owls are back! Every year about this time, Lulu and I see lots and lots of rabbits on our walks, even though we live in town. Then the owls come through. You can hear them "talking" to each other in the treetops—one over here, one over there. Quiet hooting until deep in the night. They stay for about two or three weeks. I think it would be quite a project to get a picture of one; I've never even managed to see one. You sometimes see brightly flashlit owl portraits taken in the wild, but I'd like to see something more mysterious, maybe of one of them barely visible in the darkness, or gliding from one darkened tree to another.
When they leave, all the rabbits are gone. And the snows come.
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Dennis: "Here's my barely visible owl:
"It was actually a bit darker out than it looks in the final picture and I spotted the owl as we were driving along a road outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That was on Velvia or Provia...no ISO 6400 option! A minute or two after the picture, the owl spread its wings and pretty much dropped off the top of the tree, caught something and flew away with it."
David Littlejohn: "One summer,when we were in our late teens, a big owl took up residence in the woods near my buddy's house. One night, we borrowed a Nikon SLR, a tripod, a 400mm ƒ/6.3 lens, and a big flash from the studio where I was working for the summer. I think we had the camera loaded with 400 speed slide film (if there was such a thing in the late 1960s). We finally located the owl, way at the top of a tree; we couldn't see to focus, so we just set the lens to 'almost infinity'; and we made the best guide-number-based exposure setting we could. All this while stumbling around in the woods in the dark. The pictures pretty much sucked. But we had a great time."
Angela Weil: "Look at the website of Vincent Munier. He did a series of images in Finland of a great horned owl family at dusk and at night. Probably the best images of owls I have ever seen. Unfortunately it is a flash site, so no direct link seems possible. The series is called 'Nebulosa.'"
Mike replies: Dennis also recommended Vincent's work, and I looked at it carefully. Wonderful.
Dave Fultz responds to Angela: "Thanks Angela Weil and Dennis! That Vincent Munier site is simply fabulous. He is very, very, very good."