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Black-and-White Owl

Image # 1D2_03684

Town Square, Orotina


Canon 70-200L/f2.8 IS with 1.4x II Teleconverter at 280 mm

ISO 800, f/5, 1/1250 second

Manual Metering, 550EX at -2/3 EV



Apparently, along with a sloth or two, this bird is well-known to the local guides, and is often found in the trees of the Town Square in the little village of Orotina. We stopped by and found him, and spent some time shooting. Once again, we had to work for an image. He was heavily shadowed, so purely natural light images were problematic. And even a hint of fill-flash, also trying to keep it a bit off-angle, produced 'village of the damned' red-eye! I tried a variety of exposures trying to balance ambient and flash exposure, but still had to deal with the worst red-eye I've ever seen. The red-eye removal tool in Photoshop was definitely employed in this image. After we were back on our way, we all wondered why we didn't work together to have someone hold the flash well off-axis, using an off-shoe cord, which would have eliminated the red-eye! Oh well, next time....