Great Horned Owl

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Great Horned Owl, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

Great Horned Owl, Desert Photo Retreat, near Tucson, Arizona.

A pair of Great Horned Owls nest on our property – we enjoy listening to them at night. On occasion, they will bath in the water hole. Last night, I was set up with my remote camera trap when one came in for a bath!  He actually climbed into the water and splashed around, but unfortunately those images were inside my focus point.  I never know for sure where to focus and usually chose the waters edge.  When you are just 2 feet from the subject, I have very little depth of field.  Here I went with f/8, which gives me about a foot of depth of field, but I lose a lot of stars at this aperture.   I could pick up a lot more stars at f/2.4 or wider, but then I have even less DOF.

This was with a Canon 5d III (don’t want to risk my newest camera!), 24 Rokinon manual focus lens set at f/8, iso 1600, 20 second exposure and two off camera Nikon SB-28 flashes manually set to 1/32 power.  Triggered this time with a Camtraption trigger.  I also use Camtraption wireless triggers for the flashes.

Starry Fox

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Gray fox under the stars, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Gray fox under the stars, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

This was last night with my camera trap.  Working on capturing the stars at the same time as the fox in a single exposure.

Scott’s Oriole

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Scott's Oriole, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

Scott’s Oriole, Desert Photo Retreat, Arizona.

A Scott’s Oriole on a tree outside our RV a few minutes ago.  Guests have reported seeing three Bullock’s orioles this week – the migrants are definitely beginning to pass through!