Monday, 22 July 2013

Night time owl

Yes, finally the juvenile Little Owl (Athene noctua/Steenuil) was perching on the rusty harrow! I had this late-dusk setting in my mind for quite some time and put a lot of effort into creating it. Yesterday on a full moon muggy summer evening somewhere in Noord-Brabant everything felt into place. The scene is lit by a LED torch; the owlet was not bothered by it at all!

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 500mm/f4 IS; ISO-1600, f4.0, 1/15s; tripod; LED torch.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Tiny and delicate

This was what I had in mind this morning. Show that Silver-studded Blues (Plebejus argus/Heideblauwtje) are tiny and delicate butterflies. I used live-view to create the off-centre composition. But when this ♂ Silver-studded Blue spread his wings to take a sunbath, I could not resist the temptation to come a bit closer.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 100mm/f2.8; ISO-400, f5.6, 1/640s; hand held.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 100mm/f2.8; ISO-200, f5.6, 1/250s; hand held.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Hello world

At 10.00 PM sharp (the sun just disappeared below the horizon) two beautiful eyes looking around curiously between the roof tiles of this old barn announced the presence of a juvenile Little Owl (Athene noctua/Steenuil). This young bird of a nest of 4 owlets survived the first critical days of his/her life.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 500mm/f4 IS; ISO-800, f5.6, 1/60s; bean bag.