Flight of the Phantom 2





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Etna March 21, 2015
Great shot
craigcoleran May 09, 2015
Superb capture
838Reuben June 22, 2015
This is absolutely incredible! Amazing capture!
photosue50 September 29, 2015
Absolutely gorgeous!!
NeilTorr October 06, 2015
Congratulations, I have just selected this image as the grand winner of my things in flight challenge. There were several things that caught my eye with this, particularly the composition with the wings reaching from corner to corner, the intensity of the gaze which seems to be on you, and the snowfall adds so much to it, There were lots of amazing entries, but for me this was the winner
rhondaflynn October 06, 2015
Congrats on your photo challenge win! What an amazing shot.
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As soon as I saw this beautiful photo of yours I knew it would be a very worthy winner. .congratulations 😊

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Behind The Lens

This image was taken in a rural setting. I had imagined what would represent an iconic type image for this bird and was fortunate enough to capture a great grey owl in flight through a heavy snow fall.
This was taken in later afternoon during a heavy snow storm with big fluffy flakes of snow...
As you can tell it was snowing so this meant high ISO and fairly slow shutter speed; luckily this is a relatively slow flying bird...
I used a Nikon D3s body and Nikon 400 mm 2.8 lens on a Gitzo tripod with Wimberley Gimbal head; no flash
I wanted to capture the spirit of the great grey owl in what I thought was it's most iconic type of behaviour; flying through the snow...
The image was shot in RAW which allowed me to do the usual processing which included pushing by about two stops, and then using NIK software to bring out the snow...
In my camera bag
It depends on the shoot of the day; typically, I carry my best fully frame body (currently a D4) with a back up body (D3s) and some times a crop body (D7100) along with an assortment of lenses ranging from 14 mm to 600mm. On this occasion, I had my 400mm 2.8 lens on the D3s with a tripod.
It is very challenging to get a flight image with the bird flying towards you; I have my shutter set to a rear shutter setting which allows to pump and shoot and hope you get a sharp image as these opportunities do not come along very often. It helps to practice this type of shot before going out to be comfortable with the process.

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