Barn Owl image choices

Perched Barn Owl - High Key

 Perched Barn Owl – High Key  

I photographed this perched Barn Owl yesterday at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah near a hill that was covered in snow which gave this image a high key effect. High key images seem to be an acquired taste and I quite like this one. but I also wanted to see what it would look like in black and white.

Perched Barn Owl - Black and White

 Perched Barn Owl – Black and White

I actually like them both, the color image because it shows the rich colors of the Barn Owl and the black and white image for its simplicity.

The image that got the most votes was the color version with 76% and the black and white version was 24% of the vote.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Magnificent photographs, Mia! I did not realize Barn Owl feathers were so rich in color and detail. Perfection!

  2. I think they’re both nice, but, I really love the first one.

  3. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    Mia, I can’t answer that question, because I like them both for different reasons. Next week I’ll be up at Audubon where they have a display of birds and animals that have been restored by a taxidermist. Most were road-kill, some other unfortunate means and if you know anything about Audubon you realize they have to research every critter they find and document it. One of them is a barn owl… I’m hoping to be able to go up and do some photos of it, perhaps for a painting. Your color photos help me to remember the colors properly. All the motion photos you have give me some ideas in the event I have to change a pose somewhat from the photograph. You help me to understand the movements of the birds.
    As far as black and white goes, I’ve long been a pen and ink artist since I was a kid. I learned how to capture the “che” of a bird through sumi-e painting when I was ten. It’s a whole other way of expressing and seeing. When I really want to understand a bird I do pen and ink since you really have to understand structure etc.
    So your choice is impossible for me. I can only offer my profound thanks for helping me explore where I’m not able to go.

  4. Okay so I didn’t vote. I like the first one because of the colors of the owl. You see them so seldom in light that you don’t realize what lovely color they have but I also like that the black and white one pops some of the details in his feathers.

  5. How wonderful!~
    I’ll never be able to get one that close so I’m quite jealous.
    love the barn owls!

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