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Northern Saw Whet Owl



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onyanita Premium
 
onyanita October 25, 2015
gorgeous capture
Kathy_Banich
 
Kathy_Banich December 11, 2015
A stunning wildlife scene with incredible detail and flattering natural light. Simply Awesome!
Konstantin-Kor
 
Konstantin-Kor February 03, 2016
WOW! It's fantastic! Wonderful photo!
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MatthewMosesPhotography February 07, 2016
Thanks!
adavies PRO
 
adavies February 03, 2016
Love this! Awesome capture! Nicely done! :)
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Jennuinenature February 05, 2016
Absolutely Amazing!
The photo I strive to find is that of an owl. I have one that sits atop the church behind my house on the steeple at night. Too far away and too dark, but I will get him one day.
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BLPhotography February 05, 2016
Great capture. I believe that is the smallest owl. At least in N. America. I have only seen two. One sat like that and it seemed pretty docile. I didn't get a picture because I had left my camera in the motorhome and it was getting too dark to go back and get it and back to take the picture. I envy you this is an excellent shot. Bob
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MatthewMosesPhotography February 07, 2016
Thanks Bob, this was the first I've ever seen. Now if I could ever find the elusive Boreal owl
jennifers
 
jennifers February 05, 2016
Wow, absolutely beautiful.
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Cecirene February 06, 2016
Absolutely stunning! I'm envious!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 06, 2016
Beautiful capture! Congrats.
kristinekrienerkulish
 
kristinekrienerkulish February 06, 2016
WOW is all I can say. WOW Beautiful.
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MatthewMosesPhotography February 07, 2016
Thanks Kristine!
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SnowbunnyPhotography February 11, 2016
Love, love, love this image!! We have one at the wildlife center where I work. They are SO cute! You captured her/him perfectly. :-)
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dashaherman February 14, 2016
Just perfect!!!!!
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Bazz February 14, 2016
Fantastic capture!
koosfranken
 
koosfranken February 19, 2016
Awesome find and captured superbly
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne March 16, 2016
Kudos!
Gieneke
 
Gieneke March 20, 2016
Wow ,Those eyes.
Lovely setting.
maureenshay PRO
 
maureenshay March 20, 2016
This really speaks to me-great composition combined with muted colors and then the bright eyes effectively holds your perusal in place,Background complements crispness of branches in forground
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MatthewMosesPhotography March 21, 2016
Thanks everyone for your comments and sharing what you like about this photo. I was definitely appreciative for the short time I got with this little owl.
ndejong
 
ndejong June 09, 2016
nice capture, and congratulations - Saw-whets are awesome!
WendyR
 
WendyR June 14, 2016
Such a beautiful photo
siegart PRO
 
siegart June 14, 2016
sooo lovely and cute.
ScribblersNest
 
ScribblersNest October 05, 2016
SO SWEET!
Mycozyhome
 
Mycozyhome October 25, 2016
So beautiful. Everything about this photo is perfect.
The-fotografizer
 
The-fotografizer December 18, 2016
Adorable.
Witmar
 
Witmar December 31, 2016
wonderful picture
gailtimms
 
gailtimms March 10, 2017
Love this
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 19, 2017
Stunning capture!
anneryanmiller PRO+
 
anneryanmiller November 14, 2018
This is quite a lovely photograph.
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WolfEyesPhotography November 28, 2018
Fantastic, ethereal photo with engaging subject and soft tones - awesome!
VieruAndreiSilviu
 
VieruAndreiSilviu December 07, 2018
The eyes are just perfect!

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Behind The Lens

Location
Sometimes you are lucky. This was actually shot right off the deck of the house I was living at. The neighbors were having their property logged in late winter to clear out all the old dying trees. Woke up in the morning to the dogs barking at the window and found this owl snoozing in the tree.
Time
There was just after 8am on a late February morning in Northern Minnesota. A very cold time of year!
Lighting
Lots of soft winter light reflecting off the snow cover. It was probably 10F out so the air was cool and the sun wasn't too bright yet and it provided the great catch light and side light.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D3 and a 600mm lens on a Wimberely tripod head. For those that are curious was 1/320 at F/6.3 and ISO 400.
Inspiration
Seeing this lifer owl, sitting right outside my window Just had to get as many pictures as I could before if flew off. Turns out it stayed around for a few hours so I got to enjoy it for quite a while.
Editing
In Lightroom I cloned out a few sensor dust spots in the background. Added a small bit of clarity, adjusted the black down and the whites up a little bit. In photoshop applied sharpening via the hi-pass filter applied as an overlay.
In my camera bag
Really depends on the day. These days, a Nikon D800 and my 16-35mm landscape lens. If I am going after birds or wildlife then the 600/F4, sturdy trip-pod, and my Wimberely head. Plenty of fresh batteries and already formatted memory cards.
Feedback
Lots of patience, get that exposure and focus right. Have to move deliberately to take advantage of a scene when it falls in your lap!

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