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Photomaster14
 
Photomaster14 January 06, 2016
I have a d5200 amazing shot.
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thombarbour January 06, 2016
Thanks Photomaster14!
Nitka
 
Nitka January 15, 2016
This is amazing capture! One of those "one in a million"!...love it...:-)
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thombarbour January 17, 2016
Thanks Nitka!
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janayamichelenelson February 08, 2016
Amazing!
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thombarbour February 17, 2016
Thank you!
bunnydancesmile
 
bunnydancesmile February 09, 2016
thats such a lovely photo
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thombarbour February 17, 2016
Thank you bunny!
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hiyahercfarm February 11, 2016
Absolutely beautiful!
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thombarbour February 17, 2016
Thank you so much!
ImagesByChaos
 
ImagesByChaos February 19, 2016
BEAUTIFUL shot!
terrysigns13
 
terrysigns13 February 24, 2016
This is what SHOULD have won in the "My Best Winter Shot' contest! Congrats on being a finalist
danmoran
 
danmoran February 24, 2016
Amazing shot! Where did you get it?
liasimcox
 
liasimcox February 24, 2016
This photo is phenomenal!! Just incredible.
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anneryanmiller February 24, 2016
I don't usually post comments, but this is one of the best photos of wildlife I have ever seen. Congratulations on this! Truly memorable.
janetgiuliano
 
janetgiuliano February 24, 2016
Beautiful..
klaramarksz
 
klaramarksz February 25, 2016
uh :* amazing... :)
RyanWunsch PRO
 
RyanWunsch February 26, 2016
That is remarkable!
Herbetch PRO+
 
Herbetch February 28, 2016
What an amazing shot!
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 28, 2016
Perfect
ruebusch
 
ruebusch March 02, 2016
Amazing!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 04, 2016
Beautiful shot! Congrats.
bonniemoseley
 
bonniemoseley March 04, 2016
Congrats on being a finalist. Love this image
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 04, 2016
Congrats on your well deserved award...stunning shot!!
laurensricci
 
laurensricci March 05, 2016
Magic!
rossdavidbeech
 
rossdavidbeech March 08, 2016
awesome shot :)
vastdreamer PRO
 
vastdreamer March 09, 2016
Wow you have an eye of a hawk to be able to spot this. Incredible job!
travlndon
 
travlndon March 13, 2016
Thom, you had to watch this one bed down to know where to look. Brilliant use of shadow to show details.
Bill1943
 
Bill1943 August 15, 2016
Only thing wrong with this shot is I didn't take it. Just absolutely, totally, completely fabulous. Tonight, I'll sacrifice a glass or two of a pretty decent Pinot Noir in your honor
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geoffcaddy August 25, 2016
Flawless, Hats off to you for capturing that
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thombarbour August 29, 2016
Thank you Geoff
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose August 27, 2016
Beautiful !
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thombarbour August 29, 2016
Thank you!
PS__PHOTOGRAPHY
 
PS__PHOTOGRAPHY September 08, 2016
so amazing!
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thombarbour September 08, 2016
Thank you PS!
FrankSomma PRO
 
FrankSomma November 03, 2016
How did this not win Soft? Wonderful Thom.
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thombarbour November 08, 2016
Thank you Frank!
oyayansa
 
oyayansa November 14, 2016
wonderful
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thombarbour November 17, 2016
Thank you oyayansa!
cata
 
cata December 11, 2016
So adorable!!! Great shot!!!
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thombarbour December 12, 2016
Thank you cata!
EyeoftheLens
 
EyeoftheLens December 12, 2016
This really is a spectacularly stunning image! Kudos!
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thombarbour December 14, 2016
Thank you Eyeofthelens
Elchin_Jabbarov PRO+
 
Elchin_Jabbarov December 14, 2016
perfect
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thombarbour December 14, 2016
Thank you Elchin!
lightcaster
 
lightcaster December 25, 2016
Photography goals right here! :0
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thombarbour December 25, 2016
Thank you, sir!
mgenkova
 
mgenkova December 28, 2016
So cute!
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thombarbour December 29, 2016
Thank you! I love your landscapes!
beckyreding
 
beckyreding January 06, 2017
STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL
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thombarbour January 06, 2017
Thank you Becky!
Roseym
 
Roseym January 07, 2017
Beautiful!
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank you!
emilymcneill
 
emilymcneill January 07, 2017
Amazing photo.Beautiful subject.
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank you Emily!
alexandru_pavalache
 
alexandru_pavalache January 07, 2017
awesome image ..
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank You!
kathleenkathykathkattrogers
 
kathleenkathykathkattrogers January 07, 2017
Superb
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank you Kathleen!
karinmcfarlane PRO+
 
karinmcfarlane January 07, 2017
Awesome camouflage!!! Great shot...
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank you Karin!
jyvesphotos
 
jyvesphotos January 07, 2017
I can't believe it, fantastic!
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thombarbour January 07, 2017
Thank you, sir!
marijkeagbariavdmolen PRO+
 
marijkeagbariavdmolen January 07, 2017
To me this is the greatest winner shot of 2016. Incredible beautiful and unique shot! Congratulations! And thank you for sharing!
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thombarbour January 08, 2017
Thank you for the very kind words. I sincerely appreciate your effort to let me know.
janetredknap
 
janetredknap January 08, 2017
Amazing photo. Absolutely gorgeous
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thombarbour January 08, 2017
Thank you Janet! I am so glad you enjoy it.
kimberlyadems PRO
 
kimberlyadems January 08, 2017
This is one of the most amazing shots I have seen. Very amazing!
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thombarbour January 20, 2017
Thank you Kimberly! I have enjoyed sharing my images with viewbuggers this year.
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett January 08, 2017
Congrats - gorgeous !!!
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thombarbour January 09, 2017
Thanks Jamie!
Fujiguy PRO
 
Fujiguy January 10, 2017
Well seen and captured. An outstanding image that really draws the viewer into this intimate composition.Definitely a "high bar" image to try to emulate.
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thombarbour January 10, 2017
Thanks so much for letting me know. I am delighted the image has been well received.
bronwynhartnett
 
bronwynhartnett January 16, 2017
Stunning.
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thombarbour January 16, 2017
Thank you, Bronwyn!!!
susancasper
 
susancasper January 19, 2017
So beautiful! I would like to hear your story on this photo!
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thombarbour January 19, 2017
Thanks Susan!
mywildelife
 
mywildelife January 20, 2017
Outstanding - favourite Viewbug shot to date! Congratulations on an incredible capture.
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thombarbour January 20, 2017
Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
denisenewman
 
denisenewman January 25, 2017
Over 2k likes, over 1k comments ... come on Judges about time for a win eh! Beyond superb! What a brilliant 'find' :) and amazing skill!!!
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thombarbour January 25, 2017
Are you my new best friend? I think so. ???? Thanks Denise for your kind words...they made my day.
Franknaba
 
Franknaba January 25, 2017
Love this , stunning.. yes i m waitng when my d500 also got to shoot like this
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thombarbour January 25, 2017
Thank you, sir!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset January 25, 2017
Absolutely stunning, white on white with such detail and texture. A jaw dropping bravo!
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thombarbour January 25, 2017
Thank you!
Kathyharrelson PRO+
 
Kathyharrelson January 25, 2017
I have looked at thousands of photographs in the last four months since starting this new chapter in my life with photography. This among my absolute favorite. A gift.
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thombarbour January 25, 2017
Thank you so much Kathy! I am thrilled that you enjoy it.
linabulgaria
 
linabulgaria January 26, 2017
WOW, this is absolutely perfect, bravo!!! :)
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thombarbour January 26, 2017
Thank you, Lina!
ManonPhotography
 
ManonPhotography January 26, 2017
Amazing capture!
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thombarbour January 26, 2017
Thank you Baghira! So many people have written expressing their joy with my image. I am gobsmacked!
NeraGozalo
 
NeraGozalo January 26, 2017
Wow! This shot is beautiful ????????
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thombarbour January 26, 2017
Thank you Nera! I have enjoyed the response from so many VB members.
LazQuest
 
LazQuest January 26, 2017
Absolutely stunning, Sir.
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thombarbour January 26, 2017
Why...thank you, Madam!
Hedde
 
Hedde January 27, 2017
Fantastic capture! Everything about this shot works.
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thombarbour January 27, 2017
Thank you Hedde.
juditszilasi
 
juditszilasi January 28, 2017
Hey, it is from Smithsonian, I have almost the same shot!
nidhalcherif
 
nidhalcherif February 06, 2017
artist
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thombarbour February 06, 2017
Very kind of you to say. Thank you.
julianacaywood PRO+
 
julianacaywood March 03, 2017
Fantastic
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thombarbour March 03, 2017
Thanks Juliana!
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz March 10, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
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thombarbour March 10, 2017
Thanks Eileen!
barbararybolt
 
barbararybolt March 21, 2017
The detail on the fur almost matches the texture of the snow. Fabulous image!
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thombarbour March 21, 2017
Thank you, Barbara!
Nurse-Ratched
 
Nurse-Ratched March 21, 2017
This photo is amazing. What I wouldn't give to get a shot like that. I love wildlife photography. WOW. That's all I can say.
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thombarbour March 22, 2017
Thank you, Nurse Rached!
bastardcollector
 
bastardcollector March 22, 2017
wow what can I say that the rest have not thank you for sharing
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thombarbour March 22, 2017
I'm thrilled you like it!
AnnyRozelle PRO+
 
AnnyRozelle March 22, 2017
Tho Barbour, congrats on just one of your fabulous shots! I love this!
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thombarbour March 22, 2017
Thanks so much Anny! I am thrilled you like it.
marinuse
 
marinuse March 22, 2017
Very nice!
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thombarbour March 24, 2017
Thank you, sir!
Irkisis
 
Irkisis March 23, 2017
Wonderful shot. Congratulations!
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thombarbour March 24, 2017
Thank you!
SpicyCC
 
SpicyCC March 24, 2017
Absolutely beautiful
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thombarbour March 24, 2017
Thank you CC!
Paul_Joslin PRO+
 
Paul_Joslin June 27, 2017
Congratulations on being the winner of my photo challenge among those who have won one hundred awards or more. You are indeed an incredible photographer!
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thombarbour June 27, 2017
Thank you, sir! I enjoyed participating in the challenge and look forward to seeing more from you inthe future.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq August 21, 2017
Wow! Perfect!
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thombarbour August 21, 2017
Thanks Kathy!
isabeluffey
 
isabeluffey October 08, 2017
Fantastic
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thombarbour October 09, 2017
Thank you Isabel!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography November 08, 2017
Beautiful capture
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thombarbour November 13, 2017
Thank you, sir!
Jenny_Lg
 
Jenny_Lg November 12, 2017
Precious photo What an amazing capture.
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thombarbour November 13, 2017
Thank you, Jenny!
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richardsly December 21, 2017
beautiful.
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thombarbour December 21, 2017
Thank you Richard!
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling January 19, 2018
symphony in white..
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thombarbour January 19, 2018
wonderful! thanks André.
Phototales
 
Phototales January 27, 2018
Very Nice! Kudos On Such a Wonderful Photo-Tale! X;D*
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thombarbour January 30, 2018
Thank you so much!
gretacampbell
 
gretacampbell January 28, 2018
What a Beautiful picture!
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thombarbour January 30, 2018
Thank you so much, Greta! I'm thrilled with the response from people.
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Flokiteashusky March 05, 2018
Amazing work
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Thanks for taking the time to comment!
susanmcfarland
 
susanmcfarland March 16, 2018
Perfect shot!
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thombarbour March 19, 2018
Thank you Susan! I appreciate you reaching out.
newelly
 
newelly June 06, 2018
outstanding
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thombarbour June 11, 2018
Thanks so much!
BaltimoreAnn
 
BaltimoreAnn June 13, 2018
This photo is not only beautiful, it's magical. What an incredible shot!
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thombarbour June 13, 2018
Thanks Ann!
jfpfeifer
 
jfpfeifer June 13, 2018
Love it!
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thombarbour June 13, 2018
Thank you!
cindyackleynunn
 
cindyackleynunn June 28, 2018
Heartbreakingly beautiful!
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thombarbour July 02, 2018
I am thrilled you've connected with my image! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.
mihrt
 
mihrt October 12, 2018
totally desserving of all your awards. Beautiful work !
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thombarbour October 19, 2018
Thank you for reaching out. I appreciate the wonderful response this image has received.
oanaalionesc
 
oanaalionesc January 04, 2019
Wow....amazing!
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thombarbour January 10, 2019
THANK YOU! Hope your year is off to a great start!
BenjaminHornePhotography
 
BenjaminHornePhotography December 23, 2019
So much white, and yet, this is quite mesmerizing. I love how the black really draws your attention
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thombarbour December 24, 2019
Thanks Benjamin!
1WolfPhotography
 
Nice Shot I have one Just like it. I see you chose a slightly different angle. ;-)
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thombarbour Mar 16
Hee! Thanks, Mark!
Stoned Premium
 
Stoned Apr 04
Where was that shot taken
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thombarbour Apr 06
Taken at the Natural History Museum in New York. Viewbug did a 'Behind the Scenes' feature below the image.
bobdee PRO
 
bobdee Apr 04
Is a shot in a museum to be considered "Wildlife" Photography? There's no life left in that animal, more's the pity.
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thombarbour Apr 06
Thanks for reaching out Bob!
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ManeFrame Jul 01
Congratulations! This image won my Polar Animals challenge!
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thombarbour Jul 01
HOORAY! Thank you SO MUCH!
rhiannonford
 
rhiannonford Aug 07
What an amazing photos.
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Thank you, Rhiannon!
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louisecassidy Aug 07
Absolutely beautiful
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thombarbour Aug 07
Thank you so much, Louise!
Sanyukta
 
Sanyukta Aug 16
Words are cheap! I love this photo!
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thombarbour Aug 16
Ha! Great message. Thank you so much! 😁
Scott_Clarkson
 
Fantastic shot
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thombarbour Oct 27
Thank you, Scott!
penguinphoto
 
penguinphoto Oct 29
stunning
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thombarbour Oct 29
Thank you, Amanda!

Behind The Lens

Location
I am repeatedly asked how I was able to capture such a great shot. This image was taken at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.. Although the subject was a dream to work with, my challenge was the constant motion of the multitude of visitors who kept obscuring the view.
Time
I tried to get to the museum as early as possible that day, limiting the traffic that would be around me. I had not been to the museum before so I didn't have a notion of what to expect.
Lighting
The lighting was predetermined. There wasn't anything i could do about that. Instead, I concentrated on composition since I did have some room to maneuver side-to-side.
Equipment
I was not able to set up a tripod and a flash's reflection would have ruined the shot. I simply had my Nikon D5000, a 55-200mm zoom lens with a wide-open aperture, 3200 ISO, and a steady hand to capture the moment.
Inspiration
My inspiration for the image is a beautiful series of habitat dioramas taken by Hiroshi Sugimoto, at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, in the mid-1970's. A lot of Sugimoto's work critiques photography's presumed capacity to portray history with accuracy. I hold a BFA in Photography and find that notion even more relevant today with the added amount of post-production work that goes into digital image creation.
Editing
Post processing for this image was contained to white balance correction and added contrast.
In my camera bag
On this day, my bag had two lenses, a gray card, light meter, notebook, and shutter remote.
Feedback
Patience is a virtue in both wildlife photography and wildlife diorama photography, especially when you don't have unfettered access during down times. I never interrupt others' experiences in a public setting. Instead, I am happy to wait as long as needed to interact with the subject on my own and process the moment I am trying to capture. Thanks for taking an interest!

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