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Snowy Owl on the Move



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HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle March 09, 2014
Just beautiful! What a gorgeous snowy!
micmac1007
micmac1007 March 11, 2014
Thanks! It was a great day for capturing photos of snowys!
mylene_ralph
 
mylene_ralph April 08, 2014
What an awesome capture, well done.
micmac1007
micmac1007 April 08, 2014
Thanks so much!
THOMMAS
 
THOMMAS July 08, 2014
nice comp,collor superb,lighting good,you got it all,good luck
micmac1007
micmac1007 July 09, 2014
Thank you, Thommas! :-)
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VickiLynn192417 September 19, 2014
Fantastic capture!
micmac1007
micmac1007 September 20, 2014
Thank you VickiLynn! :-)

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Behind The Lens

Location
Island Beach State Park, New Jersey
Time
Morning
Lighting
I had to pay attention to the migration patterns of the snowy owls to know what time to venture to Island Beach State Park to capture photos with the right light. Once I realized that the owls liked relaxing along the ocean side of the barrier islands, the only time I could reasonably photograph was in the morning hours or else the light source would be in front of me (west) instead of behind me (east).
Equipment
Canon 70D, 400MM, Canon monopod
Inspiration
BIF photography in general is very exciting. You can plan for the best day ever, but you cannot force wildlife to cooperate with your plans for the day!
Editing
Yes, I cropped the photo and applied the sharpening tool in Picasa.
In my camera bag
Normally: 10-22MM f/3.5 lens, 50MM f/1.8 lens, 18-55 Kit lens, 55-250 Kit lens, 400MM f/5.6L lens and several filters including an ND 3 stop and an ND 10 stop.
Feedback
Ask the locals about migration patterns for bird photography and sign up for birding websites/FB pages to follow those patterns in real time. Talk to other photographers about your goals and ask for advice. I happened to be lucky in meeting a fellow photographer at Island Beach State Park who had a dune buggy license - he was able to drive his truck on the beach while I kept my eyes peeled for owls sitting on the sand. The more ground you can cover for stationary birds like snowy owls, the more likely you will be to capture a photo of one. So, not only do you want to pay attention to migration patterns, you also want to pay attention to behaviors to know how best to find what you are looking to photograph (i.e. stay stationary and wait for the bird to come to you or move around a lot to find a bird that is stationary based on normal bird breed behavior).

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