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Hawk Owl hunting over the snow



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Taken in Finland this Hawk Owl swooped down so quickly, I was very lucky to capture this shot

Taken in Finland this Hawk Owl swooped down so quickly, I was very lucky to capture this shot
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17 Comments |
Cobble-Art PRO+
 
Cobble-Art June 25, 2014
Magnificent!
Roussou
 
Roussou July 30, 2014
Perfect capture, amazing
dorothypierini-rodgers
 
dorothypierini-rodgers August 27, 2014
Incredible picture so amazing.
kirkmills PRO+
 
kirkmills September 07, 2014
Photographer of the month! Voted - Love it!!!
texaaronpueschel Platinum
 
texaaronpueschel December 30, 2014
Outstanding entry.
GKennedy
 
GKennedy February 15, 2015
Awesomr action shot. So easy to miss shots like this. Great capture.
carolyns
 
carolyns April 15, 2015
Beautiful..
susanneradke PRO
 
susanneradke May 14, 2015
Absolutely amazing and perfect!
CARDELPhotography
 
CARDELPhotography May 16, 2015
Stunning capture!!
Petrodeville69
 
Petrodeville69 May 19, 2015
Wow! I am speechless
Petrodeville69
 
Petrodeville69 May 19, 2015
Wow! I am speechless
VHiggins
 
VHiggins June 25, 2015
incredible image! congratulations!
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barbaramillesrobinson March 17, 2016
He is on a serious and intense mission. Voted OPEN WINGS. Good luck!
Katnott
 
Katnott January 19, 2018
Seriously awesome photo! well done!
martinkaderli
 
martinkaderli January 20, 2018
Amazing !
tomingramphotography Ultimate
 
tomingramphotography February 02, 2018
you should consider joining my bird in flight challenge.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 08, 2018
Amazing capture!!! Wow!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This was taken on my very last morning in Finland, we decided to give it our last shot at trying to capture this beautiful male Hawk owl. They are so hard to photograph as they move so quick, they can swoop down & be gone before you have even had the chance to press the shutter.

Time

This was taken early morning, on a beautiful sunny morning, which helps with shutter speed but hard to get the exposure right.

Lighting

I never use a flash, this image was taken with normal early morning lighting.

Equipment

My camera I used was a Canon 1D mark1V The lens I used was a Canon 70-200 2.8 is I hand held the camera to take this, as I found it easier. On this occasion I had hired a 500 lens but, found it much easier to sit in the snow. It was deep snow so used it as a back rest too to support me. This is why I have managed to get a low view of the Hawk owl My settings were Aperture f4 iso 800 exposure +1.67 with a shutter speed of 1/3200

Inspiration

I had been trying over four days to get a good shot of the Hawk owl, yes I did get some before this but, this is my best shot. The others were taken on cloudy snowy days. It was just perseverance .

Editing

The only thing I have done to this image is to crop it slightly & used highlights & shadows

In my camera bag

Normally I will have 2 camera bodies, Canon 1Dmark 1V & Canon 1Dmark 3 Lens canon 400 5.6 Canon 70-200 canon 24-70 Sigma 10-20 low angle also convertor 1.4

Feedback

The only advice I can give is never give up, on this occasion I thought I was never going to get that special shot, everything was just right weather & the bird turned up!! I can sit for hours waiting & go home with nothing but, when you do get THAT SHOT it makes it all worth while. I would say put your iso up so that you get a high shutter speed, especially if its moving. Its better to have a sharp noisy image than a blurred one that you cant use. Check you background so that nothing is going to spoil the image. Get down low its much better than standing looking down on your subject, its also all about patience but most of all ENJOY IT.

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