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  Mini#28 Best of 2014
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female Snowy Owl       ©2014 dogma02
Nikon D90       1st place, 241 points
1/3194s, f8, ISO 200, 420mm, Aperture Priority, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: colour correction, contrast boost, crop and sharpening.       Extra Info: None
 
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kletkeman
Jan 17, 2015
    Incredible catch, beautiful exposure ... but I just cannot abide tilted horizons. This one tilts 1.04 degrees CCW. I also find the image a tad warm and I agree with the fellow who commented on the post. A 1:1 crop including the bird, the barn and silo, and a small amount of ground really looks excellent ...

A.N.Other
Jan 13, 2015
    Many congrats on an excellent win.

out_of_focus
Jan 13, 2015
    excellent photo and details.. just a fraction of second early.. But he turns and sees you!! This is a head turning photo..
Edited on Jan 13, 2015

SteveBee
Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations! You had my vote for #1.

elliott
Jan 12, 2015
    congratulations!!! what a way to start the new year.
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Mepo
Jan 12, 2015
    Congrats - what a hoot!

mrsawyer
Jan 12, 2015
    I just realized you won the open in the Best of 2013 with an owl shot too! Two years in a row. Now I'm doubly impressed!!!

Lo
Jan 12, 2015
    Amazing shot - Congratulations on First place!

Jade O.
Jan 12, 2015
    Great shot and you can't beat first place! Congrats!

dogma02
Jan 12, 2015
    Thank you all so very much! I spent hours looking for and watching Snowies last winter, and this was my prized shot. I will post some outtakes on the forum. I enjoy everyone's comments, and opinions on how to make it better. Differences of opinion are what make the world interesting!

ysal
Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations! Great shot, definitely one of my top picks. I just love the eye contact!
Edited on Jan 12, 2015

RolandB
Jan 12, 2015
    Congratulations on a wonderful photo. And a WIN!

mrsawyer
Jan 12, 2015
    NEAT beat me to it. I wanted to be the first to congratulate you!

NEAT
Jan 12, 2015
    Congrats on first place, people just love birds hey!

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mrsawyer
Jan 12, 2015
    It's saying, "watch this!"

Old Finn
Jan 12, 2015
    Excellent take of a flying owl. Good sharpness and contrasts. In my favs.

Lo
Jan 12, 2015
    What an amazing shot - at first glance, I thought you should crop it more, but I think the fence and post ground the photo. High in my faves.

LaRee
Jan 11, 2015
    Outstanding! Perfect exposure and WOW what timing! I've never seen a Snowy Owl in real life so I don't know how fast they move but it seems it would be tough to get a shot of one flying, let alone a perfect pose like this. I think the little bits flying off the post and drops of water or snow add to the motion of the image. Excellent work. Magazine cover worthy to be sure.
Edited on Jan 11, 2015

NEAT
Jan 11, 2015
    Could of been slightly sharper, also the foreground is rather distracting, would of gone for a landscape crop instead, cropping the fence out, or at least the barbed wire.

aoc46
Jan 11, 2015
    Great shot of the bird, but the fence post and silo compete too much for the viewer's attention.

kerszkavet
Jan 11, 2015
    wonderful picture. composition, colour, sharpness all great... a definite favourite...

RobertLavker
Jan 11, 2015
    Unbelievable shot - simply outstanding

A.N.Other
Jan 11, 2015
    What a stunning looking bird. I love his pose and evidence that he has just taken off. It's a shame that the background isn't a bit more out of focus. I'm guessing you used AP and f8 to keep your shutter speed within your cameras range but maybe if you used a medium strength ND filter and knock the ISO down to 100 you may have been able to set a wider aperture. Very nice none the less. GL.

davep56
Jan 11, 2015
    Stunning capture

cookiejar
Jan 11, 2015
    Fabulous action shot. Good depth of use of field to reduce the background to a blur while keeping her in focus.

johncomyn
Jan 10, 2015
    Must have had great light for that shutter speed, very well done on capturing the owl in flight. Pity about the barn and silo in the background.

dk
Jan 10, 2015
    elegant! wonderful capture.

wrosenthal
Jan 10, 2015
    A tough shot to get, and especially that face looking directly at you. I also think it's enhanced by the impression of a rural area. A favorite.

forkcandles
Jan 10, 2015
    the pole i suspect was used as an aiming point and the owl "flew" just before the click.
having said that you may get a better picture by cropping on the pole corner and run the bottom along the dark materiel and rh crop the tower out of the picture

SteveBee
Jan 10, 2015
    Wow! Spectacular shot of a beautiful bird. Congratulations.

Elyod
Jan 10, 2015
    You must have waited ages for this shot, and it paid off; the flying debris showing where she took off from. Places high with me.

babysister
Jan 9, 2015
    I have to give credit to bird photographers. I would not have the patience. Lovely catch.

ysal
Jan 9, 2015
    Wow, fantastic! It's difficult enough to find these birds and you nailed the focus and the bird is looking right at you. Great shot.

leanneqld
Jan 9, 2015
    Great capture but the whites look blown and have lost detail.

Edward
Jan 9, 2015
    Nice blur to the background and good sharp focus on that beautiful owl. It's not so much that the fence wire is a distraction, but I think you would have a "cleaner", more appealing image if you had cloned or cropped it out.

elliott
Jan 8, 2015
    great capture. looks like she's giving you the eye.

Jade O.
Jan 8, 2015
    This one tears at me; the owl in flight is extraordinary - as good as any pro nature photog as I've ever seen. The post and wire fence helps ground the bird though it is so prominent it tends to compete a bit for attention. The barn unfortunately adds both a sense of place and distance perspective and interferes with the framing of the owl against the sky. Because the white roof so interferes I'd be tempted to radically clone out the barn entirely. If I have time I might play with this a bit and post later in outtakes.
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