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CathieMoog May 28, 2016
Wonderful image! I love the tack-sharp focus on that eye. I almost feel like he is watching me out of the corner of his eye. Well done!
 
chuck54 June 29, 2016
A stunning photograph from a stunning gallery!!!!!!!
 
johnmatthews August 27, 2016
Breath taking!
 
Harleyfan November 02, 2016
Absolutely angelic!
 
conniewinner November 03, 2016
What a great shot of this bird...so majestic!
 
Cavanrose December 08, 2016
What a beautiful picture !!
 
mariameloalmeida December 09, 2016
Beautiful!
 
gunners42 December 09, 2016
Stunning....excellent focus, way to go!
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peggyclark0319 January 27, 2017
Beautiful
 
ziggyzoo52 February 19, 2017
Superb job White on white very difficult to get right. You've nailed it with this shot
 
questforwildlife February 19, 2017
Thanks for all the comments!
 
PixbyChris February 21, 2017
Stunning! ????
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RebelYell February 27, 2017
Superb!
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ashwinikadagodu May 31, 2017
Awesome
 
CrazyCritters September 22, 2017
Amazing shot
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Alfredo_Jose November 09, 2017
Beautiful shot!
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Nostroboy June 20, 2018
Very good !

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Snowy owl hunting the fields in Ontario, Canada
Snowy owl hunting the fields in Ontario, Canada
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Behind The Lens

Location
Taken in an area just 20 minutes from home where I frequent each winter. The Minesing Wetlands in Ontario Canada is home to several resident snowy owls each winter.
Time
This was taken in the mid-morning light.
Lighting
Lighting is everything particularly with birds in flight and the underside of the wings. Too much shadow for birds in flight can easily ruin the shot. Metering in snow scenes also doesn't need to be scary; just takes a bit of practice. With the owl flying so close to the ground, the reflection of the light off the white snow can work like a light reflector that is normally not possible to use in wildlife photography.
Equipment
This was shot with the Canon EF600 F4 IS and 1D X on a tripod with a gimbal head. No flash was fired.
Inspiration
I really am not a fan of winter; Hate might be a more accurate word. But having the chance to watch these amazing owls helps me through the long Ontario winters. Unlike many owls that hunt in the cover of darkness, the snowy hunts during the day giving us Photographers an opportunity to get shots like this!
Editing
I make some minor initial tweaks in Lightroom before opening it in Photoshop. I do my sharpening in Photoshop first but masked out everything except the owl so as not to sharpen distractions. I then used NIK Color Efex Pro's Detail Extractor to bring some of the amazing feather texture out.
In my camera bag
I'm a "carry all just in case" photographer but usually carry most around needlessly. I normally have 3 bodies; 7D MKII, 1D X and 1D X MKII. My lens collection is all Canon and includes the 17mm Tilt Shift, 24-70mm 2.8, 100-400 IS II, 300mm 2.8, 600mm F4. I also keep the 1.4 & 2x Extenders III nearby at all times. A flash is normally around for the trip and the Gitzo tripod is fitted with a Wimberely Head II. The 600 is usually the only telephoto lens where I will use the tripod.
Feedback
I had the opportunity to attend the Shoot The Light Technical Workshops in Florida with Canon Ambassador and Explorer of Light, Charles Glatzer. Taking courses with professionals like Chas is an excellent way to learn how to shoot consistently and to confidently meter light in any scene including a white owl on white snow.

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