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kasper October 09, 2014
Congrats on your feature. Wonderful shot.
 
akhtarkhan October 09, 2014
Brilliant capture. Congrats on the feature.
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AlanJakarta October 09, 2014
Great close-up of this stern-looking owl. Congratulations on being Featured.
 
drakkardarkblade October 09, 2014
Fantastic.
 
iceman2 October 09, 2014
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
 
huch5150 October 09, 2014
That's a total wow!
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sweetpea72 October 09, 2014
Amazing shot..Congrats! ")
 
Capture-Life October 09, 2014
LOVE this!! huge congrats to you!! :):)
 
alebalboa October 09, 2014
Congrats on your feature!!!! Amazing shot...
 
gondmagdi October 09, 2014
stunning shot !
 
tanyaphillips October 09, 2014
Gorgeous
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MaryAnne306 October 09, 2014
Very dramatic! Great capture. Congratulations on your feature.
 
carolynstoneking October 09, 2014
Beautiful picture
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kkat October 09, 2014
Beautiful Owl Portrait! Congratulations!!1
 
roccochiara October 09, 2014
magnifico!!!
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debhall October 09, 2014
Absolutely stunning pic! Congrats on your feature!
 
Ladybroken73 October 09, 2014
wow!
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SusiStroud October 09, 2014
Superior capture! Congrats on your feature.
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RoadKing1985 October 09, 2014
What a shot what a capture...man he looks like he is about to take out a mouse!? Nice thanks for sharing and congrats!:)
 
Skaduweelig October 09, 2014
Great shot.! Congrats
 
sagarsagarboruah October 10, 2014
stunning shot !
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RichardReames October 10, 2014
Wonderful capture, congrats!!
 
danny0 October 10, 2014
Thats a fresh shot !!
 
Wayne_Sr October 10, 2014
Awesome work, Congratulations on your Feature..:~)
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vojce October 11, 2014
excellent capture
 
fila4 October 11, 2014
Love! Congratulations on your feature!
 
JoseV October 11, 2014
Great closeup, wow.
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TheoShilton October 13, 2014
Amazing shot tracy!
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rmr731 October 13, 2014
Wow - amazing capture! Congrats on being featured!
 
photosue50 October 14, 2014
Great shot
 
antonysatheesh October 14, 2014
wow super...
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floydvigil October 16, 2014
Stunning!
 
Lorie October 26, 2014
Beautiful shot!
 
JenStLouis November 07, 2014
Hey, I know that bird! Echo from Mountsberg, right? She's one of my favourite models. :)
 
nejatisidan December 10, 2014
Amazing shot.Congrats!!.
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 20, 2014
Incredible shot!
 
sandy66 January 15, 2015
beautiful capture ,
 
whitephotographics January 22, 2015
Outstanding Image!
 
DianeCArtography January 22, 2015
Love♡♡♡ this! Awesome capture!
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography February 16, 2015
This is amazing! The snow fall really takes this already great shot, to another level of awesome! :)
 
Rusphotostudio March 05, 2015
awesome nice capture wow .Congrats
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LCdutch March 05, 2015
Fantastic shot. Great detail and lighting on the owl. These are very hard to catch. It really took a good understanding of the subject and great equipment. Larry
 
MissKris March 06, 2015
This is perfect.
 
lucianaaguiar March 18, 2015
Fantastic! Congrats!
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bigsnugs16 April 02, 2015
awesome job and congrats to you.
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SarahKeates April 16, 2015
Great capture! Congrats!
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SarahKeates May 20, 2015
Awesome shot!
 
alexandermarkiyanov June 01, 2015
Good frame. This owl!!!
 
imagek June 11, 2015
Simply beautiful.
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NickBPhotoUK August 18, 2015
Love how un-ammused this critter looks. Excellent capture.
 
Rebecca_Anne October 03, 2015
Beautiful!!
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texaaronpueschel January 04, 2016
This one gets it. A winner. So many good elements of photography are illustrated here.
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AASinclair January 23, 2016
Absolutely wonderful
 
TylerCReeves September 16, 2016
Um, wow...
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YvonneJeaK December 13, 2016
Wonderful. Congratulations
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myriamverne-soury March 11, 2017
Amazing shot, bravo !
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Alfredo_Jose November 09, 2017
Beautiful shot!
 
karencrty January 19, 2018
I love this shot! The textures and colors are amazing! I look forward to more from you. Thanks for sharing.
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coleenlindstrom January 23, 2018
stunning capture

Screech Owl in the Snow



A screech owl perches inside a dead tree as the snow begins to fall.

Tracy Munson
A screech owl perches inside a dead tree as the snow begins to fall.

Tracy Munson
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo during a photography workshop at the Mountsburg Raptor Centre in Ontario. The centre is a sanctuary for sick and injured wild raptors, many of which are rehabilitated and released back in to the wild. A few, like this Screech Owl have injuries which prevent them from being able to survive in the wild and have become permanent residents at the Centre and are on display for educational purposes.
Time
This photo was taken outdoors, in natural light, early in the morning on a dreary, overcast day.
Lighting
Natural light.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Nikon D3200 and the 55-300 kit lens at 170 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 400. No tripod, flash or filters used.
Inspiration
The direct eye contact with the owl makes this one of my favourite photos from the session. - she was an excellent model, very calm and willing to pose and look beautiful.
Editing
I performed some basic RAW processing (contrast, vibrance, a bit of sharpening) first. Then, I darkened the background behind the tree stump, to make it look more like night time. The morning I took this photo, there was a bit of light, wet snow. Zoomed in close, you can see a few crystals on the owl's feathers. There were only a few falling snowflakes visible in the original and I decided to enhance that using a snow action that I got from "From the Treetop Photography".
In my camera bag
These days, I shoot mostly with a Nikon D7100. If I am doing a portrait shoot, I will probably take my 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens, a couple of speedlights and a reflector. For landscape and nature photography, I will usually bring my 70-200mm f/2.8 and my 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5. Sometimes I will bring along the old D3200 so that I can just switch cameras instead of having to swap lenses quickly in the field. I also have a canon macro filter that screws on to the front of my lens. I love it for when I want to be able to zoom in and focus close on small flowers or insects.
Feedback
Many wildlife rehabilitation centres will have photography workshops or photographer days when you can have the opportunity to photograph animals you might not be able to get so close to in nature. These can help raise money and provide good exposure and promotion for the centre, as well as giving you the opportunity to get some awesome shots and practice your wildlife photography.

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