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#1 retief


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:14

Joe, nice site, although my wife would not approve of that poor frog being eaten :D

Here is my first request for critique, opinion, thoughts, etc. Snowy Owls at sunset, I found these 3 on a perch, waited and waited, and then thankfully I was reasonablly prepared when this happened:

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Amazing that all 3 Owls turned, great good fortune. Mt. Baker, for those familiar with the area, is in the background.

Nikon D300, f10.0, 1/640 sec, 200-400 f4 AFS VR, -.7 EV

Thanks in advance,
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#2 wildoat


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Posted 10 December 2012 - 22:43

Hi Bill,
are these captive birds, I'm not trying to start a captive v wild bird photography debate here!

If these are wild specimens then I'd say this is pretty spectacular, not only the occasion
but the way you have captured it.
Outstanding is the word which comes to my mind.
I notice from the exif you were not at full zoom(400mmm) this is a stellar
lens for such situations, wish I still had mine!


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#3 Fred Nirque

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 00:03

This is a stunning shot visually, never mind the ornithology! :)



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#4 Mark English

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 00:40

Incredible, Fantastic... Damn. If I was still on the POTW committee, I'd nominate this!
Best Regards,

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 00:41

How special is that?!

Background, lighting, colors and THREE perfectly positioned Owls -- just wonderful.

#6 Chris Wahl

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:30

Wow ... you waited for a good reason ... Wonderful!
Never mind the words ... just hum along and keep on going...

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:07

Yes, fantastic!!

#8 Elsa Hoffmann

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 16:41

me, i am just plain jealous.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 21:44

Stunning image!

You were at the right moment in the right location... :)

Bravo! Francis.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 16:07

Thank you all for your very kind words, much appreciated.

Tony, this is absolutely "in the wild", and you are correct, not at full zoom as I wanted to leave a bit of "creative" space in the framing. You can rest assured that anything I post which is "captive" will be noted as such. I have no issue with captive animals/birds being photographed, as long as there is no attempt to convince people that something spectacular occured in "the wild". A bit of disclosure goes a long way in my opinion.

I must give the most credit to the Owls, I had the easy job, kneeling in the wet muck for quite for some time and pushing the button when required. They did all of the glorious work, although I must admit that I did mutter once in while about why the heck they wouldn't turn and look at me.

This is one shot out of sequence. I had been to this area a couple of times, and wanted to go back to try to get a Sunset shot of a perched Owl. There were a fair number of photographers near this trio of birds, but almost all were to my right, where they had the sun directly behind them. I thought, and still do think, that having the mountain in the background adds to the image, so I set up away from everyone else. End result is that I was truly blessed. I couldn't walk well for a few days after, my knees were so trashed, but it sure was worth it! One of those rare occasions where a plan really DOES come together.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 19:01

Without the superb background this would still have been a spectacular shot. With the b/g it is superlative. Richard

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 21:00

Really good. ( "Wowl" :))


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 21:13

Fantastic shot and congratulations on your patience. It looks like the Snowy Owls are good again this year!
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 21:43

That's the name of the game!
Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 18 December 2012 - 13:24

absolutely cracking shot

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 14:31

hmm, let me think of superlatives that have not been mentioned yet ...

Absolutely marvelous ! Congratulations !!


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 22:33

Congrats on the POTW and a really great photo.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 20:33

This is a beautiful image Bill, everything bout it is great. Congratulations on the POTW!

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