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    Things are absolutely dead here in Cape Breton- all the birds have migrated through and I am now just waiting for the winter birds to arrive.
    I have been looking through old EHD's and found this image from 2013 in Ottawa. That was the irruption year for the snowy owls.
    The owl was baited.(The baiting debate was just becoming mainstream in 2012. I would not do it again but I was young and foolish at the time. The worst part is that I have fabulous images from that shoot but am reluctant to post them.)
    Weather was awful with sleet and icy rain but it gave us some cool, unusual lighting conditions.The icy sleet formed an icy crust on top of the snow. The light was very blue and I did correct the color balance to what I remember conditions to be .
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    Gail:

    Well, I understand one's reluctance about the baiting issue, but the picture is great. High key, with a high key subject, works well here, subtle shadow from bird gives a little more depth/context. Excellent eye contact. Like the comp.

    Do hope to see some more!

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    Young and foolish works for me. Gorgeous image, with great comp and exposure, flight pose. Keep 'em coming.

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    Well i would love to see more espcially if they are better than this. Great pose. Love those eyes against all that white.

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    Very nice frame... The only problem I have with baiting is that one can get the same
    photos with fieldwork and patience, Just seems lazy to me.
    Kids feed the ducks at the pond where I shoot, kind of the same thing as the ducks get really tame.
    Seems harmless but I suppose that some people may oppose that.
    I would try to bring out the FG a bit more for more definition and more of a frame anchor.
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    Simply sublime... more please... TFS

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    Lovely shot, such photogenic birds in the snow environment. Baiting? I avoid it but can imagine that it would take many hours/days to get a similar shot without baiting.

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    very nice frame Gail, a perfect shot, I have a couple just like this one from Ottawa but I have decided not to post them because of the baiting involved. I am ok with ethical and considerate baiting, after all these are feeder mice and if not an owl a snake will eat them....but at the end of the day it makes it much easier to get frames like this which I find less rewarding for me.

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    Yes to beyond spectacular. I even love the hint of a shadow/reflection below the bird. I am foolish but not young. Good to see the even-headed comments on baiting above. I have never baited owls but am not positive that it is a bad thing. I do disagree with Dan as far as getting similar images by being patient. To make an image like this without baiting you would need to be very lucky in one of your 100,000,000 lifetimes ...

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    About as perfect as it gets... I thank you for you comments regarding baiting and this image. I have personal feelings and don't think I would enjoy photography over bait introduced by man. My enjoyment is wandering around in natural areas and photographing the opportunities that arise. It gets me out, it keeps me moving, at my age that's important. Enough said... Thank you for sharing, Gail.
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    A stunning image Gail. Exposure looks spot on to my eyes. Wing position and eye contact are exceptional.
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    Baiting or not, it still takes skill and planning to get images that standout from the others, and this one does just that. I do remember that morning well, with a fun drive on ice-covered roads and same for walking on the ice-encrusted field! The wingspread is excellent, but I love the hint of ice at the bottom.

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