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Great Gray Landing!



I stood outside in -12 degree weather for nearly three hours watching this amazing creature move from tree to tree while hunting. I did my best to guess where ...
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I stood outside in -12 degree weather for nearly three hours watching this amazing creature move from tree to tree while hunting. I did my best to guess where he was going to land next, and with a little patience, I succeeded! (Note: this is a re-edit from a former image that I posted, updating my noise control technique, and bringing the Owl closer to the viewer, as requested by a fan of the shot.)
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44 Comments | Report
dhopperphotog
 
dhopperphotog September 11, 2016
Absolutely fantastic capture! Patience and hard work pays off!!
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden September 12, 2016
Congratulations on your People's Choice Challenge Win!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots September 12, 2016
Awesome shot! Congrats.
Jasper13
 
Jasper13 September 12, 2016
Congratulations. That is stunning.
franceslewisart
 
franceslewisart September 13, 2016
Congrats on the win, great capture
NaturalEyePhotography PRO
 
NaturalEyePhotography September 13, 2016
Freezing for 3 hours seriously paid off, AWESOME SHOT
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole September 14, 2016
Wow!!!!......what an amazing capture....gorgeous!! Congrats on your well deserved People's Choice award!!! : )
DaVideo_and_Photography
 
DaVideo_and_Photography September 21, 2016
The eyes really sell this image - amazing detail! Bravo!
Litasbeautifullife
 
Litasbeautifullife September 25, 2016
Yay congratulations i voted for this photo, I love it. Well done
shivrekha
 
shivrekha September 25, 2016
Congrats!
llowzz PRO+
 
llowzz September 26, 2016
Absolutely brilliant !!
cathymaher50shine PRO
 
cathymaher50shine September 26, 2016
This is simply spectacular...i showed my son this picture..he is getting an owl tattoo..just glorious..love it
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry September 26, 2016
Congratulations !!!
Marvelous capture.
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK September 28, 2016
Fantastic. Congratulations
KaraMcVanner
 
KaraMcVanner September 28, 2016
Congratulations. What a captivating shot. Gorgeous!!
janicejh
 
janicejh October 31, 2016
Superb capture! I look forward to following and learning from you!
oliviagalls Premium
 
oliviagalls November 08, 2016
That patience paid of, gorgeous image!
jettahlily008 PRO+
 
jettahlily008 November 16, 2016
Indescribabley beautiful capture & composition! :)
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole November 19, 2016
Still loving this photo.....amazing capture!!!! Congrats on another Contest Award!!! : )
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 November 19, 2016
This is an amazing picture. Well done. I hope you thawed out quickly.
scenerychronicle PRO+
 
scenerychronicle November 20, 2016
Absolutely amazing!
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett November 26, 2016
excellent
SandyPictures PRO+
 
SandyPictures December 14, 2016
Absolutely stunning!!
tbreeves03
 
tbreeves03 February 14, 2017
Wonderful
deneceslade Premium
 
deneceslade February 15, 2017
I love it. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!
joneill66
 
joneill66 February 17, 2017
What an amazing shot! ????????
bobbybryant PRO
 
bobbybryant February 28, 2017
Great photo of a silent hunter!
AndrewJulianPhotography
 
AndrewJulianPhotography March 08, 2017
Wicked!!
lisamacinnes
 
lisamacinnes March 09, 2017
The branch the owl appears to be sitting on is so small compared to the owl. Amazing photo.
Grollie
 
Grollie March 21, 2017
congrats on winning my Challenge "patience is a virtue" !!!
was a close call between couple of photo's...
Having the patience to wait for three hours in freezing temps, studying behaviour of your subject is what my challenge was all about.
Again, congrats !!!
Luc
thunderlake
 
thunderlake March 21, 2017
Magnificent! Well deserved award and many more to come I am sure!
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden March 21, 2017
Again, congratulations, great work!
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose March 23, 2017
Wow, wow, wow! Mind blowing! I'm speechless! Thanks for sharing!
angad13 PRO
 
angad13 March 24, 2017
Excellent shot!! Congrats on winning the challenge!! :)
httppluto
 
httppluto April 02, 2017
Mind = blown ????Congratulations on winning the challenge
gayleschmidt PRO+
 
gayleschmidt May 03, 2017
Wonderful shot!
SandraOliveiraPhoto
 
SandraOliveiraPhoto May 19, 2017
Just amazing. Congratulations!
Vinnie01
 
Vinnie01 May 24, 2017
Oh wooooow! Fantastic! :D
andrevondeling
 
andrevondeling July 26, 2017
Love this image and thank you for joining my challenge wildlife (no zoo) striking a pose. Being a purist I choose another non cropped or re-edited image as the winner, but it was a very, very close call. Andre
jeanniejay50
 
jeanniejay50 October 23, 2017
Totally amazing shot! Congratulations
Mharding
 
Mharding April 26, 2018
Very cool!
GBloniarz PRO+
 
GBloniarz September 16, 2018
Fantastic for sure!
Cherry-Blossom
 
Cherry-Blossom October 23, 2018
Wow .... Amazing shot
matej007
 
matej007 November 05, 2018
Wow

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was made in Sax Zim Bog, in Northern Minnesota.
Time
Late morning/early afternoon.
Lighting
With the time of day, blowing out the shot would have been an easy thing to do, so I was constantly taking test shots to make sure the highlights weren't out of control. When it came time for the shot, practice paid off!
Equipment
I shot this image using my Canon 6D and Tamron 150-600mm VC lens, handheld.
Inspiration
In the movie "The Big Year", Jack Black's character goes out into the woods with his father, and together they find a Great Gray Owl. It was a fantastic moment, and one that made me a little emotional. I wanted that moment for my father and I, so we packed up and went to Minnesota!
Editing
Yes. Shooting in raw, especially in harsh light situations, there needs to be some post processing done to bring out the most in your image. This process was fairly minimal, I just did some contrast and clarity adjustments to bring the best out of the Owl, and brightened the background around the edges just slightly to draw the eye into the Owl.
In my camera bag
I shoot a lot of wildlife, so focal range is essential for me. I always have my two bodies, a Canon 6D and Canon 7D Mark ii. For lenses I have my Tamron 150-600mm VC, Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, and Canon 50mm f/1.4. That generally covers the gamut, depending on what I need to shoot. I also use a promaster shoulder sling strap, a Lee Big Stopper system for long exposure work, and a Sirui monopod (and occasionally tripod) with me as well.
Feedback
Patience is key. Spending time with whatever you are photographing is a big part of setting yourself apart from other peoples work. Knowing your subject, their motivations, how they move, and so forth will allow you to get that amazing once in a lifetime shot. I waited for three hours to make this photo! Wait for the right time, know your surroundings, and amazing things will happen for you.

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