Yesterday, two friends and fellow bloggers, Paul and Tom, and I attended the spring PhotoWILD event at the nearby Carolina Raptor Center. Paul posted a very good synopsis of the event so I won’t rehash words here about the event.
The photo above of Akai (or perhaps Hermes,) an eastern screech owl, is among my favorites from the morning’s outing in no small part because of the story behind it’s striking blue background color.
Akai is a small owl, perhaps 6-8 inches, and seemed to be a bit sleepy while perching on the edge of a hollowed tree trunk content to let us photographers do our thing around him. I was shooting with tripod on continuous slow speed trying to catch him with his eyes open. I’d set-up at an angle, about 20 feet away with my zoom lens at almost it’s full 500mm. The background included part of the tree trunk on the left and a extremely out of focus creamy earthy beige (from parts of the surrounding background woods) on the right. My eye was fixed to the viewfinder as each shutter release clicked off until suddenly there was a flash of blue color for one brief exposure. At that point, not even convinced what I saw in the viewfinder was real, I quickly reviewed the last couple of shots on the back of the camera finding this photo. Looking around to determine what could of caused this flash of sudden color I spot Tom in his bright blue jacket walking away down a main path running behind Akai’s perch. I’ll take inspiration and creative contributions wherever I can find them…thanks for the inspired touch of color on this one, Tom.
The funny thing is there’d just been conversation about not wanting to be “that guy” walking into or blocking other photographers photos. This photo testifies it’s not always a bad thing.