HarryC
HarryC

Winter Ghost



A wild, unbaited Great Grey Owl. This owl was hunting in a road-side ditch on a very cold, winter day in Alberta, Canada. After more than an hour huddled in t...
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A wild, unbaited Great Grey Owl. This owl was hunting in a road-side ditch on a very cold, winter day in Alberta, Canada. After more than an hour huddled in the ditch with the owl it finally flew closer to me, offering a fantastic opportunity to capture the grace and beauty of these incredible birds.
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Awards

Creative Winter Award
Legendary Award
Contest Finalist in Animals With Wings Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Winter Wildlife Photo Contest
Top Shot Award
Contest Finalist in Beautiful Owls Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Animals In The Winter Photo Contest
Polaroid Cube
Contest Finalist in Wildlife In The Snow Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Wings in Motion Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Show Snowflakes Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Covers Photo Contest Vol 34
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Contest Finalist in Image of the Year Photo Contest by Snapfish
Contest Finalist in The Beauty Of Nature Photo Contest
People's Choice in Animals Are Beautiful Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Animals Are Beautiful Photo Contest
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Peer Award
Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Top Choice
Magnificent Capture
Superior Skill
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Outstanding Creativity
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Genius
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Virtuoso
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Love it
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Top Ranks

Flying High Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Flying High Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
My Winter Wonderland Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Animals With Wings Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Canada Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Canada Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Celebrating Earth Day Photo Contest 2019Top 10 rank
Celebrating Earth Day Photo Contest 2019Top 10 rank week 1
Winter Wildlife Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Winter Wildlife Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 rank
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 rank
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 6Top 10 rank week 1
Beautiful Owls Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Beautiful Owls Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
Unique Sceneries Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Animals In The Winter Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Animals In The Winter Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Snow Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Snow Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
The Talent AwardsTop 10 rank
Snow Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Only Owls Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Only Owls Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 rank
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 rank week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 rank week 1
Amazing Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Amazing Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Rule Of Thirds Photo Contest v2Top 10 rank
Rule Of Thirds Photo Contest v2Top 10 rank week 2
Rule Of Thirds Photo Contest v2Top 10 rank week 1
Wildlife In The Snow Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Wildlife In The Snow Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 rank
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 rank week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 rank week 1
Winter Wonderland Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Wings in Motion Photo ContestTop 10 rank
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Show Snowflakes Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Show Snowflakes Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Covers Photo Contest Vol 34Top 10 rank
Covers Photo Contest Vol 34Top 10 rank week 2
Covers Photo Contest Vol 34Top 10 rank week 1
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 rank
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Animal Kingdom Photo Contest Vol 1Top 30 rank
Animal Kingdom Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 rank week 2
Animal Kingdom Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 rank week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank week 3
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank week 2
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank week 1
It Is A Wild World Photo ContestTop 10 rank
It Is A Wild World Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
The Beauty Of Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank
It Is A Wild World Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
The Beauty Of Nature Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 1
Animals Are Beautiful Photo Contest Top 10 rank

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65 Comments | Report
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb July 24, 2015
all-time favorite ,amazing shot
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake August 26, 2015
Fantastic shot ! Congrats !
yourlily
 
yourlily August 26, 2015
TOTAL BRILLIANCE.
LucBaekelandt Platinum
 
LucBaekelandt August 27, 2015
love love love it a lot !
reflectionsbyrenee
 
reflectionsbyrenee August 28, 2015
congrats on your finalist win, this is amazing, out of this world, award winning to say the least
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb August 30, 2015
Congratulations on the win!! Your patience in that ditch paid off!!
carrie00813 Ultimate
 
carrie00813 August 30, 2015
Congratulations on the People's Choice win. Amazing photo!
oldelphi Platinum
 
oldelphi August 30, 2015
Real amazing shot and love that you have a blury snowy background that adds power to the phototure
cmorisset PRO+
 
cmorisset August 30, 2015
All above comments with a big congrats. Superb capture!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 August 30, 2015
WOW...what an impact this has on the viewer...Congratulations!
helenjolliffe
 
helenjolliffe August 30, 2015
amazing
jvillainc Platinum
 
jvillainc August 30, 2015
The "ditch huddling" certainly paid off - Fabulous Shot - Congratulations!
Cheever2 PRO
 
Cheever2 August 30, 2015
Beautiful and haunting photo! Reminds me of when I was driving down a dark road on The island of Kauai and out of no where a white owl flew into my front windshield. He had risen up from the taro farm. His face was very similar. Then he flew on his way.
SaintMarino
 
SaintMarino August 31, 2015
Hands down one of the best images I've ever seen...well done! Amazing frame!
WilyGuy
 
WilyGuy September 28, 2015
Having set out to find this guy, I know how difficult it is just to capture an image of the Great Grey, let alone this standout shot.
yoanishernandez
 
yoanishernandez October 03, 2015
I absolutely LOVE this photo. Do you sell your work?
I'm interested in displaying this in my home.
Spider1987
 
Spider1987 November 06, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Spider1987
 
Spider1987 November 06, 2015
Stunning. In luv with this capture !
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone December 02, 2015
Awesome.
kathaggiss PRO
 
kathaggiss December 28, 2015
Wow, wow and wow again. Absolutely superb.
luka567
 
luka567 December 28, 2015
Fantastic!
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana December 28, 2015
Nice work!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography December 30, 2015
amazing!
sandytoes34287
 
sandytoes34287 January 03, 2016
Beautiful and impressive!!
Motherhen2k
 
Motherhen2k January 09, 2016
Amazing! Congrats!
HopeBPhotography
 
HopeBPhotography December 14, 2016
Amazing shot! What size lens did you use?
kstandley
 
kstandley January 22, 2017
amazing
ashutoshparekh
 
ashutoshparekh January 22, 2017
perfect perfect perfect. Bravo maestro.
abitflash PRO+
 
abitflash January 22, 2017
Always jealous when I see shots like this. Perfect timing.
Bogiebroph
 
Bogiebroph January 22, 2017
Congrats! Well worth the wait for sure. Congrats on feature too!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair January 23, 2017
Amazing work!
PetraPhoto
 
PetraPhoto January 23, 2017
Wow!!!
michaelkuijl
 
michaelkuijl January 23, 2017
Great shot
Swirl
 
Swirl January 23, 2017
Just Wow
michellebarnes
 
michellebarnes January 28, 2017
Fantastic shot!
jocelynrastel-lafond
 
jocelynrastel-lafond February 21, 2017
very good love it
mrbboslovely
 
mrbboslovely March 10, 2017
What an amazing shot!! And great timing!
Pclaesen
 
Pclaesen March 11, 2017
absolutly amazing!!
MonikaTammpere
 
MonikaTammpere April 02, 2017
This is amazing!
richardsly Premium
 
richardsly April 05, 2017
sweet as photo.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography April 06, 2017
Outstanding light. What a awesome photograph Stunning
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug May 29, 2017
Superb capture, amazing photo. Contratulations
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug May 29, 2017
Superb, truly amazing photo. Congratulations on this achievement and award.
livioferrari Platinum
 
livioferrari May 29, 2017
Congratulations!
jasonsteiner
 
jasonsteiner September 23, 2017
Incredible
Raiderswright
 
Raiderswright October 02, 2017
Incredible shot !
sedavis1977
 
sedavis1977 November 11, 2017
I can only hope to a shot like this! Beautiful!!
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater November 28, 2017
Awesome capture, I have been trying for one of those shots
RAWrightphotography
 
RAWrightphotography January 27, 2018
Awesome shot
JohnCookPhotography Platinum
 
JohnCookPhotography April 15, 2018
I simply love this image.
Stephen-Blake-Photography Platinum
 
Stephen-Blake-Photography April 18, 2018
Brilliant capture. Soooo sharp!
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose June 19, 2018
Stunning!
RamonZabala PRO+
 
RamonZabala September 09, 2018
Good good good
briantinker
 
briantinker December 10, 2018
baited
elmirvalley
 
elmirvalley January 03, 2019
Awesome!
mattiasam
 
mattiasam February 01, 2019
amazing
ruimilita
 
ruimilita February 16, 2019
Wow.
brookedarr
 
brookedarr April 20, 2019
This is amazing! What a perfect capture!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL April 21, 2019
Exceptional
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT
 
LETSGOPHOTOSHOOT April 27, 2019
a masterpiece
robergarci PRO
 
robergarci May 01, 2019
Excelente imagen y punto de vista.
Katnott
 
Katnott July 10, 2019
Wow!!!! love this!!
Michael_Cole
 
Michael_Cole October 05, 2019
Wicked cool
MeaganHauteclocque
 
MeaganHauteclocque May 04, 2020
Stunning! 😘
MatthewMichaelPatrick PRO+
 
MatthewMichaelPatrick January 04, 2021
This is wonderful!! Excellent

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was captured about an hour north of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Time
I found this owl hunting at the side of the road on a very cold (-30C) winter day just around noon. I dug myself into a snow bank a long distance away from the owl so as not to alarm it. Over the next couple of hours it moved closer and closer as it hunted voles underneath the snow, until finally flying so close to me that it was closer than the minimum focus distance on my lens.
Lighting
There was a heavy snow storm at the time, which made the light very dim but also provided me with an amazing background for the shot.
Equipment
Camera: Canon 1DX Lens: Canon 600mm f/4.0 + 1.4 TC Tripod: Gitzo GT5541
Inspiration
I have spent hundreds of hours photographing the Great Grey Owls during the last few winters. They are an amazing animal to observe in the wild, and there is nothing that can compare to watching them plunge underneath the snow and come up with a vole based solely on the sounds it made.
Editing
I cropped this photo so that the owl was centred in the shot.
In my camera bag
I have yet to find a bag that can hold my gear. Every time I go out I have my 1DX + 600MM + 1.4 teleconverter with my tripod ready to go at any time.
Feedback
Great Grey Owls will hunt during the day when it is very cold. That means you are going to be very cold as well. Carry extra batteries (the cold will kill your battery life), carry emergency supplies for your car, and make sure you have lots of layers on. Once you find the owls be patient and let them be the ones to come closer.

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