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First-Time Catch!

First-Time Catch!
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Copyright: Lissa Bruce (Leace) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 0 N: 61] (292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 80-400mm VR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 11:31
Viewed: 3562
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seeing a wild Snowy Owl, for me has long been high on my wish list. Capturing one on camera was also a huge dream of mine. My wishes came true last Sunday, while birding with an experienced birder friend on Amherst Island, south of Kingston. Had it not been for the experience, keen eye (and binoculars) of this birder friend, I never would have seen this beautiful owl.

It was quite comical when we were quietly stalking towards the owl, crouched low with cameras aimed. When we determined we were close enough for a shot, we gave the signal then both stood up and started shooting away.
Shooting conditions: It was overcast, cold and windy - not to mention the owl was very far away - thank goodness I had signed out the 80-400 VR Nikkor lens which produced some satisfying results.

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Excellent shot of this beautiufl owl. Great natural looking shot; detail & colour are very good. Nice job crawling on your belly so to speak to get close. Thanks for posting.

Hi Lissa,
Indeed a rare shot, well done! Beautiful bird. Exposure seems to be correct. Details are relatively low. I guess at 400m, you can't achieve any better.


Hi Lissa,
Congratulations! Taking a shot of this owl is quite an event.
Your shot is fairly sharp and well composed, but a bit overexposed, which is the main difficulty when shooting such white objects.
So I've tried the WS.
Anyway, well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

great contrast, try to sharpen al ittle more, TFS Ori

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