There was very little light in the timber where this great gray owl was spending the day. It was perched about 25 feet off the ground. To get an eye level angle, I climbed up a small nearby ridge and set up my 500mm lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. The fastest exposure I could get was one-eighth of a second. To minimize camera movement, I locked the mirror up and fired the shutter with an electronic release. All this fussing around and all the unusual noises I made caused the owl to consider me a very curious creature indeed.