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Title: Great Horn Owl In A Waning Moon
Equipment: Canon PowerShot S2 IS with its integrated 12X zoom and a tripod
Tell us more about your photo: I heard about this owl in a nearby park, which happens to be Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake, site of the controversial, proposed parking lot for the Arboretum. I wanted to see the owl, but I also wanted to document area wildlife to counter future attempts to develop the site. One site plan showed a greenhouse where this tree is located.
My equipment is really underpowered for birds. Typically, photographing wildlife requires long, fast lenses to capture small, moving animals at a distance. The photographer and birding enthusiast who showed me the owl that morning had one of those lenses, and crisp, clear images of this owl are around. But I take pride in making do, and the handicap forces me to get creative. I am also an amateur but enthusiastic artist with an interest in the artistic aspects of photography.
I went back to the park after sunset when the owl would become active. I waited, hoping to at least hear a hoot, when it flew out of the trees. I maneuvered to get a decent photo, but it was really too dark to even focus. Then, from the back of my mind, a lesson in lighting from a recent art photography class took over, and I lined the bird and moon up. Serendipity. Came out much better than I could have hoped.