Burrowing Owl at Sunrise

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I always have a dilemma when a bird perches on a man-made perch. In this case you almost always find these Florida Burrowing Owls standing on the little wooden crosses that are installed for them. It's a great feature for them to use at their burrows, but it does make for an odd perch in a photo. When I was presented with this gorgeous sunrise in the background, I couldn't help but photograph this owl on its perch. It didn't take long for me to find this tree really far in the background that I figured would make for a powerful background when thrown out of focus. It did exactly what I was hoping and made the lovely glow of orange balls of light behind the bird. I then went with a vertical composition to include a lot of out of focus foreground grasses that lead the eye up to the bird. That an the horizontal compositions showed a lot of empty sky which I didn't like as much. So here is the best I could come up with while including that man-made perch. I still really like the image and hope you do as well.

• Location: Cape Coral, Florida

• Date Taken: 2/2/2019

• Exposure: 1/320 @ f/4

• ISO: 400 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s


Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.