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Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl
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Copyright: Michel Martineau (MMM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 500mm f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/7.1
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 11:04
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First I want to wish an happy new year to all TN members.So I will have to start 2010 with an archive picture.We have been unlucky in the past week few birds or bad weather.So I want to present you a picture of the Snowy Owl that I took last March.I remember that this was one of the coldest day of that winter ,I remember that my index was frozen it was around minus 27 and the Owl was very cooperativ ,sometime I believe that he had fun watching me freeze.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-01 11:16]

Hello Michel,
A super capture and picture for 2010!
How you left in 2009 ... you started in 2010 to "force".
HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year with happiness, health and everything you want you and your family.
Thank you for visiting my gallery in 2009 made by, for nice comments that you've written and the time to such visits.
The best and honest thoughts of Germany,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-01 11:18]

Hi Micheal. This is just fantastic . I am never likely to see this in the wild so thanks for posting the fine close up. Great deatil and such good colours against the bright snow. Well taken TFS.
Nick..A great 2010 to you.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-01 11:21]

Hello Michel,
Great photo! this Snowy Owl in action. Splendid colours and taken from a very good low POV. Excellent composition.
Whishing you and your family all the best for 2010,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-01 11:34]

Hello Michel
Wow! Wonderful capture with action and great details...
I wish you a Happy New Year!

Hi Michel,

Superb action capture of a snow owl from wonderful low POV with excellent expıosure and DOF control.
Thanks for this, especially your hearty friendship and all your contributions in 2009
and I wish you a happy and healthy 2010!


Hi Micheal,

you are a very lucky man to have these in your area, we do have these wild in the UK but only very rare and way up North in the Scotish islands.

My favourite bird of prey, absolutley stunning.

Many thanks for sharing with us.

P.S. Happy New Year to all on TN

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-01 12:28]

Hi Michel,
Very nice capture of this Snowy Owl.Excellent POV,details and timing.Very well done!I wish Happy and Healty New Year for you and your family too.
Thanks fro posting..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-01 13:04]

Hello Michel,
superb in action capture white owl against white Bg.Must be hard.Excellent details,colour,sharpness and perfect composition.Well done my friend.
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Best regards Siggi

It's a marvelous moment, Michel, I love your owl so much.
Excellent sharpness and a wonderful pose.
Thanks and all the best for 2010.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-01 15:12]

Hi Michel,

I would love to see a Snowy Owl some day! This one is adorable and you have captured him in action perfectly. I love the wing positions and how he is looking down at the snow. I wish you and your family a healthy and happy New Year.


Time and environment change all things....this year we are warm. Who can figure? I wonder if these wonderful creatures know a bit more than we do? Maybe instinct! Well capture and a good archival.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-01 22:12]

Hello Michel,
A superb action shot of a Snowy Owl about to pounce on its prey under the snow. The timing is great and the shot clearly shows the eye gaze and the the extended talons.
A very nice one from your last winter archive.
Thanks and I wish you a happy, healthy and successful nature photography 2010!

Happy New Year Michel!
white in white, a very dynamic wintry scene, very well frozen and composed, difficult the output in colours but very good the result!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-02 1:56]

Hello Michel,
Thanks for your good wishes and for this fantastic view of a Snowy Owl diving into the snow for its prey! Excellent POV and very well timed!
Many thanks and I wish you all the best for 2010! Kind regards, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-02 2:04]

Hi Michel

Happy New Year from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

WOW - amazing capture! Superb timing and excellent detail.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-02 3:18]

Bonjour Michel,
Bonne année à toi aussi et merci de tes voeux. Une très belle image pour commencer l'année nouvelle. Pleine de lumière et de vie, magnifique cette Chouette des neiges en pleine action.
L'hiver sera toujours source d'images spéciales et enchanteresses.
Un grand merci

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-02 3:28]

Hello Michel.

A great capture of this majestic bird.
The action we can see in your picture is beautiful.
And that claws...
Very well done and thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2010-01-02 6:56]

Hola Michel: Que gran momento has captado en esta foto, una toma dificil de veradad...saludos.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-02 8:38]

Excellent image of snowy owl in action, fine environment too. tfs.

bonjour Michel
cette photo tirée de tes archives est parfaite pour débuter la nouvelle année,
j'aime bien sa pose, en train d'atterrir dans la neige
image très bien composée avec une belle lumière
Mes meilleurs voeux pour la nouvelle année

Hello Michel
a fantastic capture of this marvellous Snowy Owl in-flight, veruìy good sharpness and very beautiful bright colours, excellent POV and composition
I wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy Year 2010
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Michel, fantastic snowly owl in wonderful landing action, splendid details and excellent sharpness, great capture, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-03 2:40]

Salut Michel,mais quelle magnifique image! La photo du jour sans doutes! La beaute' de l'oiseau qui atterre et l'ambience d'hiver si parfaictaiment capture' composent un travail fantastique! Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano

Hello Michel,

another fine image from youwith good timing.
Fine natural colours.
suburp shot.


salut Michel

une excellente photo du prince des neiges prise sur le vif,
avec d'excellents détails de son plumage blanc, une belle luminosité,
cette année je ne suis pas encore allé à l'harfang des neiges
je prévois le faire dans la (les) semaine(e)s à venir, TFS


Waoo Michel,
felicidades por este precioso trabajo, que excepto el ligero desenfoque del conjunto, es un deleite para los sentidos!!
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-04 20:26]

Hello Michel,
A super action shot captured for all to enjoy viewing. Glad that your finger had thawed out enough for you to get this fine image of such a gorgeous Owl. TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 18:38]

Hola Michel.
Great moment here Mr. Michel.
Excellent and fine photo, great use of the light and exposure. You sure did an excellent work.

Hallo Michel
Due to minor surgery done to my foot, my time is restricted in front of the computer; I do however want to compliment you on this really striking image of the Snowy Owl coming in to land. The whole atmosphere captured is amazing and very pleasing to the eye. I would love to see this bird in real life. The entire scene is just so beautiful. Best regards.
I also want to use this opportunity to thank you for adding me to your list of favourites. It is indeed a great honour and your gesture is much appreciated.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-01-23 23:34]

Hi Michel.
It is a very impressive action picture. I like it a lot. Pose and wingspread of the bird are amazing as well as white balance. Exposure parameters and square cropping. Great use of long lens set. My kind regards and best wishes.
Alexei, who have not time for TN almost now.

Hello Michel
fantastic capture of snow owl when it perching time. timing, focus, white balance and composition great. light using and POV/DOF also great. thanks for sharing.
keep photographing in 2010 too. best wishes

Salut Michel
Bel oiseau,et très belle photo. Bonne composition, l'exposition est bien dosée. De l'excellent travail.Nons allons peut-être en voir ici vers la fin janvier.
Merci et au revoir...JP.

Hi Michel,

it's a pity I see always less snowy owls on TN.. It's so good to get one from time to time as I love these owls. One of the most beautiful animals on the planet for me.
You photographed it so nicely in a catching pose and with very good quality. Don't hide these shots in your archives for so long, keep on posting them ;) TFS!

Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-04-01 20:44]

Hi Michel,
moment well captured in excellent style.
You have given a good emphasis on light and colour balance.
Superb frozen action, and the brown branches gives an artistic composition.


Hello Michel!
Owls are really great birds and not easy to observe these species. You were really lucky to take such good picture with so perfect timing.
Bravo for clarity, sharpness, details and colouration.
All the best from Poland,

Bonjour Michel,
A great action shot - displaying skillful photographic technique!

I definitely shall hesitate to show one of my bird photos in view of this masterly photo!

I love your country, Flora and Fauna and the fun loving Canadians - and I add this image to my favorites.

I think, birds are more intelligent than mammals and owls have historically the reputation of being wiser than man!

Have a good day
Warm Greetings from South Africa

Bonjour Michel,

Cette scène est impressionnante. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs ce cet hibou des neiges en action. La réflexion de la lumière sur la neige rehausse les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Hellow Michel,
This must have been a difficult image to have captured with such small contrast.You have managed to create an excellent action shot,through perfect timing.Well done.

Ciao Michel. Simply an outstanding one. Superb dynamic capture with excellent light's managemnt. Perfect contrast and bright colours.


Hy Michel
This is a stunning image with the snowy owl, captured in full motion. Perfect!

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  • girni Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 13] (193)
  • [2012-10-22 12:17]

belle prise de vue de cette chouette en plein "atterrissage"; l'hiver est propice à ces photos magnifiques!

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