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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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kasper Ultimate
 
kasper October 09, 2014
Congrats on your feature. Wonderful shot.
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan October 09, 2014
Brilliant capture. Congrats on the feature.
AlanJakarta
 
AlanJakarta October 09, 2014
Great close-up of this stern-looking owl. Congratulations on being Featured.
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade October 09, 2014
Fantastic.
iceman2
 
iceman2 October 09, 2014
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
huch5150
 
huch5150 October 09, 2014
That's a total wow!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 October 09, 2014
Amazing shot..Congrats! ")
alebalboa
 
alebalboa October 09, 2014
Congrats on your feature!!!! Amazing shot...
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi October 09, 2014
stunning shot !
tanyaphillips
 
tanyaphillips October 09, 2014
Gorgeous
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 09, 2014
Very dramatic! Great capture. Congratulations on your feature.
carolynstoneking PRO
 
carolynstoneking October 09, 2014
Beautiful picture
kkat PRO+
 
kkat October 09, 2014
Beautiful Owl Portrait! Congratulations!!1
roccochiara
 
roccochiara October 09, 2014
magnifico!!!
debhall Platinum
 
debhall October 09, 2014
Absolutely stunning pic! Congrats on your feature!
Images_By_Carlie
 
Images_By_Carlie October 09, 2014
wow!
SusiStroud Platinum
 
SusiStroud October 09, 2014
Superior capture! Congrats on your feature.
RoadKing1985
 
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
 
Skaduweelig October 09, 2014
Great shot.! Congrats
sagarsagarboruah
 
sagarsagarboruah October 10, 2014
stunning shot !
danny0
 
danny0 October 10, 2014
Thats a fresh shot !!
Wayne_Sr PRO+
 
Wayne_Sr October 10, 2014
Awesome work, Congratulations on your Feature..:~)
vojce
 
vojce October 11, 2014
excellent capture
fila4
 
fila4 October 11, 2014
Love! Congratulations on your feature!
JoseV
 
JoseV October 11, 2014
Great closeup, wow.
TheoShilton
 
TheoShilton October 13, 2014
Amazing shot tracy!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 October 13, 2014
Wow - amazing capture! Congrats on being featured!
photosue50
 
photosue50 October 14, 2014
Great shot
antonysatheesh
 
antonysatheesh October 14, 2014
wow super...
floydvigil
 
floydvigil October 16, 2014
Stunning!
Lorie
 
Lorie October 26, 2014
Beautiful shot!
JenStLouis
 
JenStLouis November 07, 2014
Hey, I know that bird! Echo from Mountsberg, right? She's one of my favourite models. :)
nejatisidan Ultimate
 
nejatisidan December 10, 2014
Amazing shot.Congrats!!.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 20, 2014
Incredible shot!
sandy66
 
sandy66 January 15, 2015
beautiful capture ,
whitephotographics
 
whitephotographics January 22, 2015
Outstanding Image!
DianeCArtography
 
DianeCArtography January 22, 2015
Love♡♡♡ this! Awesome capture!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography February 16, 2015
This is amazing! The snow fall really takes this already great shot, to another level of awesome! :)
Rusphotostudio
 
Rusphotostudio March 05, 2015
awesome nice capture wow .Congrats
LCdutch
 
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
 
MissKris March 06, 2015
This is perfect.
lucianaaguiar
 
lucianaaguiar March 18, 2015
Fantastic! Congrats!
bigsnugs16
 
bigsnugs16 April 02, 2015
awesome job and congrats to you.
SarahKeates
 
SarahKeates April 16, 2015
Great capture! Congrats!
SarahKeates
 
SarahKeates May 20, 2015
Awesome shot!
alexandermarkiyanov
 
alexandermarkiyanov June 01, 2015
Good frame. This owl!!!
imagek
 
imagek June 11, 2015
Simply beautiful.
NickBPhotoUK PRO+
 
NickBPhotoUK August 18, 2015
Love how un-ammused this critter looks. Excellent capture.
Rebecca_Anne
 
Rebecca_Anne October 03, 2015
Beautiful!!
texaaronpueschel Platinum
 
texaaronpueschel January 04, 2016
This one gets it. A winner. So many good elements of photography are illustrated here.
AASinclair PRO+
 
AASinclair January 23, 2016
Absolutely wonderful
TylerCReeves
 
TylerCReeves September 16, 2016
Um, wow...
YvonneJeaK PRO
 
YvonneJeaK December 13, 2016
Wonderful. Congratulations
myriamverne-soury
 
myriamverne-soury March 11, 2017
Amazing shot, bravo !
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose November 09, 2017
Beautiful shot!
karencrty
 
karencrty January 19, 2018
I love this shot! The textures and colors are amazing! I look forward to more from you. Thanks for sharing.
coleenlindstrom
 
coleenlindstrom January 23, 2018
stunning capture
amytychx
 
amytychx December 17, 2019
Visually stunning. Kudos.
leslie57
 
leslie57 December 21, 2019
Congrats...awesome shot and edit
patrickstrock PRO
 
patrickstrock January 09, 2020
Nice shot
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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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