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Great-horned Owl in low light


Posted by Mako_Elite on Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:00 pm

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Shot this morning in very low light. Sun was just getting out and both fledglings were deep in the dark part of the woods. Female was tucked in at tree trunk just blending in and this male was few trees over ..closer and higher.
I didn't use flash, I want to test Nikon D3s how far I can push it.
Shot was made ISO-12,800 in "DX" mode (1.5X crop mode).
No noise reduction used at all, just basic stuff in post process.
Note how wide open those pupils are...very little light.

Nikon D3s, 500mm f/4 P ED IF (MF)+ TC-301(2.0X TC)  shot in "DX" 1.5X crop mode ...total effective reach 1500mm
1/60,  ISO-12,800, f/11 on tripod.

Please click on the image for uncompressed view, thank you.

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by Ron Day on Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:47 pm
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Well, I would say the D3s passed the test with flying colors. Amazing shot at ISO 12,800 without noise reduction. The wide open eyes make the image. Very nicely done, Ludo.
 

by sirianul on Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:38 pm
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Ron Day wrote:
Well, I would say the D3s passed the test with flying colors. Amazing shot at ISO 12,800 without noise reduction. The wide open eyes make the image. Very nicely done, Ludo.


I don't know the Nikon but I have to agree with Ron, like the eyes.

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by himadri roy on Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:47 am
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Lovely close up encounter .
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:55 am
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Wonderful angle and amazing shot in the low light conditions, Ludo! Those eyes are gorgeous!

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