Burrowing Owl Scene

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I was so happy when I found this Florida Burrowing Owl standing up high on the mound near its burrow. The taller grasses were a beautiful habitat for it I thought and the dark tree background really made the bird and grasses stand out in the early morning sun. It was roughly 30 minutes after sunrise and the golden hour light was so nice. I positioned myself really low in the grass so I could include a decent amount of out of focus foreground and composed a heavy offset composition with space on the right. It was then just a waiting game to see if the owl would turn its head in that direction. As soon as it turned that way I got the shot. It also worked out really well that the owl was standing in an opening in the grass. There were just two tall pieces of grass sticking out above its back that I removed in post.

  • Location: Cape Coral, Florida

  • Date Taken: 02/02/2019

  • Exposure: 1/1250 @ f/4

  • ISO: 200 - 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.