Great Horned Owl

Ron Niebrugge Arizona, Photos, Travel, Tucson 2 Comments

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.

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