This is one of my all time favorite images. The whole story behind the capture of this image is here. I have several people to thank for providing me with the skills to create this image, one of the most important in terms of bird photography advice being Arthur Morris.
When I decided I needed to improve my bird photography, I bought three books by Arthur Morris and Larry West. (You will hear more about Larry in a future post.) I still recommend these books today to anyone that wants to improve their bird photography.
These books helped a lot, along with other photographers you have already heard about in this series, like Dewitt Jones and George Lepp. But today I want to focus on Art.
Art is one of the best bird photographers in the country. I have been following him for years. I am a big fan. His Birds As Art website and blog (links below) are a wealth of information. His equipment suggestions have guided some of my most important purchases. And of course there are his books. I started with Bird Photography Pure and Simple (which is a 56 page booklet), decided it was really good, so I got THE book, The Art of Bird Photography, The Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques (160 pages). That was just one year before I created my Great Gray Owl image. Art’s advice paid off.
So when I spotted this Great Gray Owl from 70 plus feet away, I knew what to do. It took 90 minutes to get close enough to the owl, but it was well worth the effort. I channeled my inner Art Morris.
I wrote to Art and thanked him for his helpful advice and provided a link to my Great Gray Owl article. He wrote back, said it was a killer shot, and he would be proud to create an image like that. It made my day!
Great Gray Owl, Whitefish Point – the story behind this image
Birds As Art – Art’s web site.
Birds as Art Blog – Art’s blog
You can find “how to” bird photography books by Arthur Morris and Larry West in this section of my Amazon powered photography store.