|Final post-processed picture, in which I inserted a dark cloud background, since the original picture was white on white|
Now here is what went wrong. I was utilizing my 500 mm lens on my Nikon D800, and since the wind was blowing in from the West I knew the bird would take off into the wind. I set my focus point in the camera on the left side of my viewfinder and focused on the snowy owl's eye. This way when it took off I should be able to follow and pan with the owl to get some nice flight shots. As the sun set in the west, the light became dimmer, I increased my ISO up to 1250 so I would have enough speed to capture hopefully the flight sequence.
|Snowy owl's location on the rock|
|Set up on my focus point on the snowy owl|
|Original capture of the snowy owl|
|Location of the focus point on the original capture|
|Another image of the snowy owl in flight|
I have the center button of the rear multi-selector dial set when pressed to return the focus point to the center, however, because I was trying to follow the bird and keep it in focus I could not take my finger away from the button on the rear that I have programmed to do my focusing. What I really should have done was set the focus point back to the middle just before I started to get up from my sitting position. Also, once the snowy owl took off to the left, it immediately turned and flew up right above our heads and then turned around and flew back to the rock. When the snowy owl flew so close to us, I had too much lens for the distance that it was. I decided to travel with only my 500 mm lens and camera and tripod. If I had my other camera with the 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens I would have had a much better chance at capturing some great flight shots. My son who was with me and was utilizing his 50-500 mm Sigma lens did obtained some nice flight pictures.