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Snowy Owl
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Jan 29, 2020 06:53:32   #
gwong1 Loc: Tampa, FL
 
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Owls. We saw six males and two females, only one flight shot, but both were magnificent. Tough shooting conditions, gloomy skies, snowy, or blowing snow, and just poor light. Comments and criticisms welcomed. Gary

As a side note, my camera gear was transported for me so I did have to carry it with me on the airlines. My gear was left out in the cold for two days in the trunk and when I finally retrieved my gear, all of the batteries were dead (My first experience with a cold dead battery). I panicked as I was getting ready to go out and shoot the first day. I placed all of the batteries near a heating unit and within 5 - 10 minutes they were back to normal. I did keep spare batteries with me, but I used the same battery in both of my cameras (Canon 7D Mkii and 6D) and no need to change them out until I was at the end of my three day trip. About 620 shots with my 7D and only 50 with my 6D. Most of the days was spent driving in search of the Owls. Some would stay while we would shoot and others would fly quickly.
Male in flight
Male in flight...
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Female
Female...
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Jan 29, 2020 07:04:47   #
deanfl Loc: Georgia
 
gwong1 wrote:
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Owls. We saw six males and two females, only one flight shot, but both were magnificent. Tough shooting conditions, gloomy skies, snowy, or blowing snow, and just poor light. Comments and criticisms welcomed. Gary

As a side note, my camera gear was transported for me so I did have to carry it with me on the airlines. My gear was left out in the cold for two days in the trunk and when I finally retrieved my gear, all of the batteries were dead (My first experience with a cold dead battery). I panicked as I was getting ready to go out and shoot the first day. I placed all of the batteries near a heating unit and within 5 - 10 minutes they were back to normal. I did keep spare batteries with me, but I used the same battery in both of my cameras (Canon 7D Mkii and 6D) and no need to change them out until I was at the end of my three day trip. About 620 shots with my 7D and only 50 with my 6D. Most of the days was spent driving in search of the Owls. Some would stay while we would shoot and others would fly quickly.
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Ow... (show quote)

Great captures...sounds like a good adventure!

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Jan 29, 2020 07:09:27   #
photophile Loc: Lakewood, Ohio, USA
 
gwong1 wrote:
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Owls. We saw six males and two females, only one flight shot, but both were magnificent. Tough shooting conditions, gloomy skies, snowy, or blowing snow, and just poor light. Comments and criticisms welcomed. Gary

As a side note, my camera gear was transported for me so I did have to carry it with me on the airlines. My gear was left out in the cold for two days in the trunk and when I finally retrieved my gear, all of the batteries were dead (My first experience with a cold dead battery). I panicked as I was getting ready to go out and shoot the first day. I placed all of the batteries near a heating unit and within 5 - 10 minutes they were back to normal. I did keep spare batteries with me, but I used the same battery in both of my cameras (Canon 7D Mkii and 6D) and no need to change them out until I was at the end of my three day trip. About 620 shots with my 7D and only 50 with my 6D. Most of the days was spent driving in search of the Owls. Some would stay while we would shoot and others would fly quickly.
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Ow... (show quote)


Well done.

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Jan 29, 2020 07:12:45   #
DougS Loc: Central Arkansas
 
Beautiful captures!!!

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Jan 29, 2020 07:23:49   #
Marilyng Loc: Lorain,Oh.
 
Great shots,thanks for sharing!

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Jan 29, 2020 07:51:02   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
Definitely worth the effort. Both are great but love the flight shot. Great light and, for lack of another word, the texture of the bird.

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Jan 29, 2020 08:40:47   #
suntouched Loc: Sierra Vista AZ and Salem Oregon
 
If you had only gotten the one in flight, the trip would have been worth it! Beautiful.

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Jan 29, 2020 08:56:41   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Magnificent creatures well captured...thanks for sharing and congratulations!!

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Jan 29, 2020 09:19:59   #
imagemeister Loc: Stuart, Florida
 
NICE ! ......thanks for sharing especially the info

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Jan 29, 2020 09:28:23   #
Wanda Krack Loc: Tennessee, USA
 
Thanks for the info on batteries. I have wondered if they would return to normal after being left in the cold or frozen. I once knew someone who froze his batteries in his freezer until near time he needed them and have often wondered if that is or is not a good way to store batteries. Wonderful shots.

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Jan 29, 2020 09:41:46   #
Camera Man Loc: Michigan
 
Nice ,better yet fantastic captures. Where about in Saul St Marie? Tahquamenon falls State Park was in the same area Also Whitefish Point another great place to go for birds. It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

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Jan 29, 2020 10:34:27   #
gwr Loc: South Dartmouth, Ma.
 
Nice shots. Such a magnificent raptor. I've been looking all over for one here but they aren't at their usual spots yet. Gary

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Jan 29, 2020 11:48:22   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Two very nice captures.

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Jan 30, 2020 05:34:59   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
gwong1 wrote:
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Owls. We saw six males and two females, only one flight shot, but both were magnificent. Tough shooting conditions, gloomy skies, snowy, or blowing snow, and just poor light. Comments and criticisms welcomed. Gary

As a side note, my camera gear was transported for me so I did have to carry it with me on the airlines. My gear was left out in the cold for two days in the trunk and when I finally retrieved my gear, all of the batteries were dead (My first experience with a cold dead battery). I panicked as I was getting ready to go out and shoot the first day. I placed all of the batteries near a heating unit and within 5 - 10 minutes they were back to normal. I did keep spare batteries with me, but I used the same battery in both of my cameras (Canon 7D Mkii and 6D) and no need to change them out until I was at the end of my three day trip. About 620 shots with my 7D and only 50 with my 6D. Most of the days was spent driving in search of the Owls. Some would stay while we would shoot and others would fly quickly.
I went to Sault Ste Marie, MI looking for Snowy Ow... (show quote)

Nice shots

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Jan 30, 2020 06:10:09   #
gwong1 Loc: Tampa, FL
 
deanfl wrote:
Great captures...sounds like a good adventure!


deanfl, Thank you and the good adventure was an understatement. Gary

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