Before the sun came up three days ago and before I photographed the Short-eared Owls chicks I had an opportunity to photograph a female owl perched on a fence post. I wasn’t even prepared to photograph yet, I didn’t have my Noodle on the window, I had left my camera set on my default ISO of 400 which I knew would give me very slow shutter speeds in the low light but I didn’t know if she would fly away so I took a chance that I might get a few sharp images or maybe even a blurry one that I liked.
I was only able to take 35 images of the female Short-eared Owl before she took off and once I hit the shutter button I didn’t stop to raise my ISO to increase my shutter speed because she was rousing and I didn’t want to miss that.
Once she flew off and the sun came up I almost forgot about the very early shots of her until I loaded the files onto my hard drive and started viewing them. I was right, some of the images of her were a mess but when I got to this frame I just had to laugh. Her head and face were sharp, the perch was sharp but everything between her head and the post was a twisty blur. I still can’t figure out how she kept her head still while she shook and roused so vigorously.
I know that blurs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I have grown quite fond of this beautiful, shaking, Short-eared owl blur.
Life is good, it is even better with laughter.