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The Snowy Owl on his southern habitat

The Snowy Owl on his southern habitat
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 6:46
Viewed: 5105
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello, the first time i did the PP work of this image
i cropped very close to the subject and i was to post
this image with the title :
« The Snowy Owl on low flight »

the cropping was done very close, in the image it was
only the The Snowy Owl on his low flight and the snow
around him, they where no winternal blue sky

but then examinating my image, i did'nt love it,
cropping very close i was loosing on the details,
and even in this image the details are not so great

i this last days i changed my mind asking myself
« why always close shots ? » a bird or wild animal
image shooted from far can be as beautiful
as a close shot, and i re-did my PP work
this time keeping in the image all
that agriculture field and the winternal blue sky

and give another them to the image
with a new and better title :
« The Snowy Owl on his southern habitat »
because this is his winternal southern habitat

and from the Hinterland Who's Who website
here is a paragraphs on his southern habitat :

« During winter in southern Canada, Snowy Owls
inhabit prairies, marshes, open fields, or shorelines,
habitats that resemble the treeless tundra of their
breeding range. Although some individuals may
wander in winter, many establish and defend hunting
territories for periods of two or three months. »

for the complete text on the Snwoy Owl
in Canada go to this webpage :


this photo was shot in RAW format at ISO 200

thanks for viewing and critiques


bobcat08, pekkavalo1, goldyrs, eqshannon, uleko, warnzy, Luis52, maurydv, albert, Adanac, brouble, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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To uleko: in a agricultural plain (field)CeltickRanger 1 03-25 13:48
To Evelynn: The Snowy Owls at MirabelCeltickRanger 1 03-25 13:43
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Hello Asbed,

You´r right, why always close shots. When you see the whole environment is just as interesting and maybe more then a close up. It´s a beautiful capture of the snowy owl. My attention was at the first place the shadow of the Owl on the white, white snow. Amazing in this case. I like this photo. Good POV, BG and DOF. Only I think the BG has a bit noise. Regards and TFS BOB

Hello Asbed,
Nice action shot of the landing snowy owl. The perspective view of this picture is fantastic. The vast open space and blue sky are wonderful. TFS,

Hi Asbed

Good shot showing also the habitat. Good composition and colours.



Hey Asbed!
Yet another feast for my eyes!
I love the entire composition!
Very well done!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-25 8:36]

Hi Asbed,

I like seeing the entire scene with the sky! Even though the white owl is surrounded by the white snow he stands out very well. A nice do over.


You do so well...and this is no exception...i would love to play with this one a bit...I get to do some work...and I get bored doing my own...very nice addition..

The snowy owls at Mirabel have been very popular this year. I am jealous. I would have been there too every chance I got. They don't seem to be too shy of people. I like seeing more of the setting which you show here. It is a nice shot.

Evelynn : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-25 10:32]
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Hello Asbed,
I'm glad you didn't crop this too close! The Owl looks great flying across the snow-covered plain (or lake?)and I like its shadow on the snow. Good focus and fine control of the whites.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Asbed
I personally think you were right not to crop this and leave it as is.
It is a skilled photographer that will plan the scene,,Granted there is luck involved to capture your subject in the perfect scene..I think its called planning and patience..well it is for me.
This is a just fantastic capture and I love it as it is.
Great work Asbed.

Hi Asbed,

You are quite right. Sometimes it's appropriate to crop close and sometimes it isn't. It's really about making the most of the image you have. I do prefer this version to the previous one. It breaks the rules of composition, but in a way that works and gives the image a certain something...something unexpected. It also emphasises how well the owl blends into it's habitat, so good from both an artistic and natural history perspective.


Hi Asbed, white on white is very difficult, splendid capture of flying Snowy Owl with fascinating shadow on snow, splendid focus and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-25 14:37]

Hola Asbed.
Muy hermosa foto de este Buho Blanco. en pleno vuelo, la imagen bastante bien lograda y con un exelente encuadre para su presentacion.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-25 15:19]

Salut Asbed, belle image du Harfang dans son habitat, c'est clair, net et bien exposé. Bravo et merci,


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-25 17:20]

Hello Asbed,

I'm sorry my friend but I don't have time for a proper critique but I'll take the time to congratulate you for this incredible shot


Splendida immagine, eccellente composizione con il senso del movimento e la bellissima linea di suddivione del paesaggio fra cielo e neve, bellissima l'ombra sulla neve, molto belli i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-25 20:19]

Hello Asbed

We are sharing some similar experiences I think.
Very lovely composition.I like the look of the setting.
Very good lighting and colours.


Bonjour Asbed,
Bon choix de composition de ce hibou dans son desert blanc!
Bien vu

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-26 19:03]

Hello Asbed,
Nice image of this special species in flight. I like your idea of pulling back to show the surroundings, great job My Friend.

Good job capturing this owl in flight! Even finding the owl is an accomplishment to me: I went looking for owls on many occasions this winter with no luck. I like the classic white/blue colour combo too.

bonjour asbed
voila un oiseau que je trouve magnifique,certe ici il est un peu loin et le ciel comporte du bruit mais j'ai tenté un WS sans resultat probants.
bien vu quand même.

Bonjour Asbed,

J'aime bien cette photo, on peut apprécier le harfang dans son environnement, ces immenses champs!
J'aime beaucoup qu'il soit au ras du sol et le déploiement de ses ailes ainsi que ses petites pattes une derrière l'autre ajoutent beaucoup de mouvement à ton image!
Bien fait!


Oh this is excellent! Wonderful work! Great inflight capture in the natural environment. Well done!

Hello Asbed!

Interesting shot of ultrarare bird. It is almost unvisible in its camouflage. Excellent framing and quality.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-31 9:04]

Hi Asbed.
Stunning picture with brilliant exposure, sharpness of the entire image, freezing of a wonderful scene and nice colours. Bravo. Excellent action picture. My best wishes.

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