Thursday, February 2, 2023

Short-Eared Owl Clips

 The OM-1 camera bodies that we shoot with have performed beautifully for us while tracking and shooting the Short-Eared Owls. Capable of shooting up to 120 frames per second, both cameras are setup to use AI Bird Tracking at 50 frames per second. At this rate, a series of shots can be rendered into a video. Here's a few clips of some of our tracked flight shots....

You can also see them full sized in our Owls Gallery

The Short-Eared Owls of Pickaway County

 The Short-Eared Owls that visit Pickaway County during the winter put on quite a show yesterday! They can be seen on River Drive just south of Circleville. 
We arrived yesterday at 3pm after learning that the owls started hunting at about 2:30 the previous day. 
While waiting for them to show, we chatted with other owl watchers and owl photographers. 
At about 4:30, the first couple of owls popped up and began coursing the prairie in search of mice and voles (their preferred food). 
By 5pm, there were several owls out and they were putting on quite a show. 
I'll post some still shots here, but am also posting some "videos" made by combining still shots in a separate post. Because of the ability of the OM System OM-1 to track and shoot at 50 frames per second, the still shots can create a nice video clip. Each frame of the clips is an individual still shot. 
Our Owls Gallery

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Missing the Snowy Owls this winter!

 I sure am missing seeing the Snowy Owls this year!

Snowy Owls are rare visitors from the far north. Their normal habitat is the arctic tundra, but some years, they venture south into the northern US is search of food sources.
This happened in 2017 and again in 2021-2022 when many Snowy Owls were seen in Ohio. I think only one was seen briefly around Cleveland this year.
In 2017, one stayed at the CJ Brown Beach for a week. Last year, another was also seen at the CJ Brown beach....but only for a day.
Here's some of our images of those two Snowy Owls.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Harvest in the Moonlight

 Last evening I perched myself in the upstairs dormer window to catch the Waning Gibbous Moonrise which was to be at 6:10pm. 
I was pleased to see that the farmers were harvesting the corn in the fields behind us and photographed them working as the moon rose from the horizon. 
Not the best shots technically, but for subjects over a mile away and in the dark...they'll do. 
Thankful for the farmers and their crops...

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Lunar Eclipse.....Yawn

 We got up at 3am... although neither of us really slept in anticipation of heading to the CJ Brown Marina to watch and photograph the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse. 
I had been out to the marina on two recon visits to see which point would be best for shooting foreground images and for the best viewing angle of the eclipse. Using the Photo Pills App, I decided that the Marina would be best. 
There's been lots of publicity about this eclipse. Full lunar eclipses happen about every 3 years, but this is actually the second one to occur in 2022 (there was one in May that was not viewable in the US). There won't be another until 2025.
Once we arrived, I set up my OM Systems OM-1 with the 100-400mm on a tripod to get full frame images as the eclipse evolved. I set up David's OM-1 with the Pana/ Leica 8-18mm to get scenic shots of the foreground. this year, I set up the Vaonis Vespera to shoot automatically tracked images. 
The Vespera shoots the moon in grayscale, so I didn't plan on using it other that to be able to stay in the warm car and monitor the eclipse progress from my phone screen. It was perfect for that, but it lost the moon as umbra approached, so I retargeted it for a nebula and used to time to shoot images that I'll post later. 
While David and Gracie (our pup) dozed, I hopped out of the car every 15 minutes or so to grab shots. 
While we didn't have good views of the end of the eclipse (because the moonset was occurring and the moon dropped below the horizon), we did have amazing views of the penumbra, umbral, and the totality stages. 
Here's a stacked image of some favorite shots....

And another view as a collage....