Exif data

Title: Bird of Prey
Camera: D200
Capture date:03/08/08
Image file type: RAW (16 bit)
Lens: AF-S DX 18-200 f/3.5-4.5G VR
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal length: 200mm (300mm equiv.)
Shutter speed: 1/125s (VR assist.)
Shooting mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure comp.: –
ISO: 100
White balance: Auto
Flash: No
Cropped?: No
RAW converter: C1 Pro (v4)

Bird of prey

Today's shot is from the Summer Spectacular.

There were loads of different stalls and shows on at the event. Two areas had birds of prey including this monstrous owl, which for a pound-a-go, you could hold on your arm. While I was shooting (you will notice with the flash off) several children 'held' the bird and I couldn't help but imagine my next few shots would be of the child being whisked away off into the distance.

The owl truly was an awesome sight, as was feeding time when it rather nonchalantly ripped a mouse to pieces as easily as you or I might open a packet of crisps. (Note to self – should I ever believe in reincarnation lets hope to avoid coming back as vermin) ;)

You may notice the shot is kinda' intense. I did go to town on the contrast and sharpening a little bit but you have to go with what you fancy now and again. Don't you think?