Bruno D'Amicis - Full moon

Bruno D'Amicis - Full moon

While I was crossing a beech forest on my way back from a long day in the mountains, I heard the unmistakable call of a tawny owl nearby. I didn't hope to see it, but a quick movement against the bright sky lit by a rising full moon drew my attention. Then, perched on the tangled branches of a large beech tree I could outline its silhouette and take out my equipment to attempt some pictures. It was very dark in my viewfinder and only by "placing" the moon behind the tree trunk I could reduce its brightness and thus have enough light in the shadows. The owl was surrounded by a beautiful rim of light so as dozens of spider webs. Needless to say, it only lasted the time for a couple of frames until the bird took off into the wild darkness.

Location: Abruzzo, Italy

Posted on 05.12.2013
Photo info - DSLR; 300/2,8; tripod
Tags: abruzzi apennines bruno damicis forest moon mountains night strix aluco tawny owl wildlife photography
Bruno D'Amicis - Full moon

Bruno D'Amicis - Full moon

While I was crossing a beech forest on my way back from a long day in the mountains, I heard the unmistakable call of a tawny owl nearby. I didn't hope to see it, but a quick movement against the bright sky lit by a rising full moon drew my attention. Then, perched on the tangled branches of a large beech tree I could outline its silhouette and take out my equipment to attempt some pictures. It was very dark in my viewfinder and only by "placing" the moon behind the tree trunk I could reduce its brightness and thus have enough light in the shadows. The owl was surrounded by a beautiful rim of light so as dozens of spider webs. Needless to say, it only lasted the time for a couple of frames until the bird took off into the wild darkness.

Location: Abruzzo, Italy

Posted on 05.12.2013
Photo info - DSLR; 300/2,8; tripod
Tags: abruzzi apennines bruno damicis forest moon mountains night strix aluco tawny owl wildlife photography