“Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away.”
― Ian Frazier
Just so that everyone does not get the impression that every shot I make turns out the way I want, here’s a tidbit from yesterday’s hike. It reminds my of the words often written on side-view mirrors: “Objects may appear closer than they are”.
In this case, a barred owl, resting among the tangled balsams. Just a bit too far for a ‘good’ shot. The kind of image that fills the frame with a beautiful ‘sharp‘ owl, every detail visible. Those opportunities do present themselves, infrequently, but often wildlife photographers are faced with this situation: the object of our attention is just too far away for us to realize the image we envision and would like. Sometimes, as in this case, closer access is not possible and a lens has its limits too. Not to mention the guy who claimed the only unobscured view to himself, for 30 minutes.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m always pleased to see wildlife, near or afar, and it is wonderful to see this sleeping owl, it’s something most people will never experience.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/60 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
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Personally, I would be thrilled to get that shot! I’d say you got a decent view with what you had to work with 🙂
Yes, but disappointing when you’ve been closer. But, I think it shows well what you typically see.
Another awesome photo. Great framing.
I know what you mean about getting the “perfect shot”, Ed.
One thing about this type of photo, the “less-than-perfect” shot, it is unique.
Sometimes it’s just a goof. Sometimes I’m grabbing the shot as quickly as I can as the wildlife or the moment are about to get away.
Anyways, plenty of people are getting those “perfect shots”.
I often try to think “If not perfect, how can I make my shot unique?”.
Take care and keep in touch.
Thanks Paz. I was able to get some great shots a few years back.