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Great Grey Owl



Great Grey Owl
Gatineau,Quebec Canada
Canon 1DX 500m 1-3200s @f-5 ISO 3200

Great Grey Owl
Gatineau,Quebec Canada
Canon 1DX 500m 1-3200s @f-5 ISO 3200
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edj41 Platinum
 
edj41 April 16, 2016
Stunning capture! especially with a 500mm lens.
ariesZG
 
ariesZG April 16, 2016
Beautiful!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre April 16, 2016
wow!
TallyVass
 
TallyVass April 16, 2016
"the Eyes Have It" Stunning capture.
LGood PRO+
 
LGood April 16, 2016
Fantastic!
vibgyorphotophobia
 
vibgyorphotophobia April 16, 2016
WOW!!! Look at the eyes just trying to convey something to the lens... Awesome click...
douglasgray
 
douglasgray April 17, 2016
Amazing Shot. How did you get it?
vbangusmc0071541481
 
vbangusmc0071541481 April 17, 2016
AMAZING!! Love the Eyes.
joshinround
 
joshinround April 17, 2016
A critique? Um stop being soo amazing? This picture is one of a kind!
vishal2588
 
vishal2588 April 18, 2016
Great!
Ajhazeem
 
Ajhazeem April 18, 2016
Wow !!
markcowne PRO
 
markcowne April 19, 2016
Absolutely fabulous photograph. There is nothing more that could have been achieved - you got the lot!
bitterer
 
bitterer April 21, 2016
Great capture. I'm sure you had to be patient to get the shot, and that's when the equipment really pays off. :)
DeonHamilton
 
DeonHamilton May 06, 2016
Nailed it :-D
dominicroy
 
dominicroy May 08, 2016
You're the best my friend!!!
Digitalwolfphotography
 
Digitalwolfphotography May 09, 2016
Bang on shot!! Well captured!
JohnCookPhotography Platinum
 
JohnCookPhotography May 09, 2016
Wow I love this image
ronsmith PRO
 
ronsmith May 09, 2016
Fantastic shot!
jubar
 
jubar May 09, 2016
Très impressionnant!!
Mike Blacknell
 
Mike Blacknell June 01, 2016
Superb capture and composition Fred
ScottL
 
ScottL June 01, 2016
A-Mazing !!!
edandaniphone Premium
 
edandaniphone June 12, 2016
Amazing.
carmen2016
 
carmen2016 June 20, 2016
Wow
ronijacks
 
ronijacks June 20, 2016
Love!
Shootswithcoops
 
Shootswithcoops June 22, 2016
pure epic!
carolyns PRO
 
carolyns July 18, 2016
Stunning! Excellent capture!
siouxsie1
 
siouxsie1 August 11, 2016
magnificent photo.
Kalamchi
 
Kalamchi August 15, 2016
that is a gorgeous shot !!! well captured
Litasbeautifullife
 
Litasbeautifullife August 28, 2016
Wow like a Spartan warrior in forward force striking awe and fear entwined
CandySmothers
 
CandySmothers September 08, 2016
Priceless shot..such beauty and elegance captured
Keri
 
Keri September 09, 2016
Just breathtaking. You're an incredible photographer. Very insipring. Thankyou.
DebJay
 
DebJay September 11, 2016
Terrific capture!
marioshadjineophytou
 
marioshadjineophytou September 13, 2016
beautiful!
claudiakorte
 
claudiakorte September 17, 2016
Awesome stunning picture.
aprilfreeman_1645
 
aprilfreeman_1645 September 18, 2016
I whish this was mine it is just the best.
Treecy
 
Treecy September 18, 2016
That's amazing...congrats!!!
anneplimmer
 
anneplimmer September 18, 2016
wow fab photo
alarsen
 
alarsen October 11, 2016
Wow! That's fantastic!!!
Dollarshots PRO
 
Dollarshots November 23, 2016
Nice
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography December 07, 2016
Outstanding light. What a awesome photograph Stunning
MRueffer PRO+
 
MRueffer December 18, 2016
Such eyes
markkrause PRO
 
markkrause January 01, 2017
Simply Stunning! Well, except I don't expect that this capture was anything simple...
grantkgillon
 
grantkgillon March 10, 2017
cracker
Proton Ultimate
 
Proton May 30, 2017
WOW looks like its coming to get you
Proton Ultimate
 
Proton May 30, 2017
WOW looks like its coming to get you
Proton Ultimate
 
Proton May 30, 2017
WOW looks like its coming to get you
Hazestead PRO+
 
Hazestead August 13, 2017
Amazing shot..Great job ????
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 19, 2017
Great capture!
bevdavis PRO
 
bevdavis September 23, 2017
Wow !
Niqueki Platinum
 
Niqueki September 29, 2017
What a beauty!
AngelPrintsPhotography
 
AngelPrintsPhotography November 06, 2017
Complete Perfection!
ambermundy PRO+
 
ambermundy March 14, 2018
Wow.. Amazing shot as well as detail.
Witmar
 
Witmar March 14, 2018
Fantastic picture!!!!
tinmanintherain
 
tinmanintherain March 14, 2018
Fabulous!
susanmcfarland
 
susanmcfarland March 14, 2018
Beautiful! Have you entered this in the Owl Challenges? They are free and you earn points if you win. Let me know if you can't find challenges, as they are not photo contests. :-)
Indigo_Mac
 
Indigo_Mac March 15, 2018
Amazing shot!
tommasobeltotto
 
tommasobeltotto March 23, 2018
Awesome !!!!
Nora-Feddal
 
Nora-Feddal March 29, 2018
gorgeous shot!
sharonotero
 
sharonotero September 20, 2018
Spectacular!
DScottHampton
 
DScottHampton September 29, 2018
Outstanding!
philipsmith_4448
 
philipsmith_4448 February 08, 2019
Absolutely incredible shot
Guil207
 
Guil207 February 17, 2019
Great shot.
Guil207
 
Guil207 February 17, 2019
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jodiehennigar
 
jodiehennigar July 25, 2019
what an amazing shot!
MeaganHauteclocque PRO+
 
MeaganHauteclocque May 04, 2020
Fantastic shot!

Behind The Lens

Location
I spotted this Great Grey Owl in an open field that was surrounded by a mixed forrest near Gatineau, Quebec,Canada. I got my gear ready and waited until the owl start hunting for prey. After she landed on the snowy ground , I was ready to take the shot, as I knew she would lift off. Just like a fighter jet, she lifted her wings and started flying. I was happy to see the result of the image, with the intense look on the owl’s face and the definition of the muscles of the wings. This is one of my favourite images.
Time
I took this photo on a winter morning in January just before the sun came up. It had just snowed so the snow covered the field like a blanket. To get great winter shots, no matter the subject, I will head out early in the morning after a snow fall when the snow is clean, fluffy and free off tracks. This can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot.
Lighting
The morning that I captured this image the lighting was perfect. It was overcast which means there was no harsh light or shadows. The light was even which helped me achieve the perfect exposure for this image.
Equipment
This was shot on a Canon 1DX 500m 1/3200 @ f/5 ISO 3200 Gitzo carbon-fiber tripod with Jobu Design Jobu Jr. head.
Inspiration
I was inspired by the fresh coat of snow the morning that I captured this owl taking off. The white blanket of snow created a perfect runway for my "fighter jet" owl. The snow makes the photo more interesting, the fluffy snow that lifts from the ground when the owl takes off creates an element of action within the shot. The pure white carpet around the owl means there are no distractions in the image which allows the viewer to focus on the intensity in the owl's expression and its movement.
Editing
I shoot raw so i used Photoshop, Lightroom and Nik software to fix a bit of white balance, tones but I didn't play too much with this image.
In my camera bag
The first thing I pack in my bag is my sat phone and GPS. I live in the Arctic and up here you can have problems if the weather turns on you. I always have my Canon 600mm for wildlife. It's important to have long focal length to a keep a safe and discreet distance so I don't disturb the animals and can capture their behaviours in their natural state. I carry also a 100-400 II and 24-105 for hand held and wider shots. I use Canon 1DX Bodies and always carry extra batteries ,memory cards and a carbon fiber tripod with a Jobu Jr head.
Feedback
For birds and moving wildlife, its important to use a fast shutter speed to freeze the movement of the wings and to capture other movements of the animal. Don't be afraid to boost your ISO, especially with higher end cameras, to use a shutter speed of 1/3200s for birds-in-flight photography . A good tripod prevents movement and helps you to stabilize your lens. It also makes you focus on the subject and the timing of your shot instead of struggling with the weight of the lens.

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