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Sunday
Jan292012

Shooting birds in flight in snow and FirstPass New Version Released

 Great Grey Owl SNOWFLIGHT (Strix nebulosa, Chouette Lapone) Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds All Rights Reserved. Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 100-400mm @ 250mm. ISO 640, f/9 @ 1/640s Manual Exposure and manual focus. Full Frame. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A PRINT or LICENSE AN IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION.

Tips for birds in-flight in the snow

  • Stop down, or close the aperture when shooting in snow to maximize the effect of the big snowflakes; use a larger depth-of-field to keep as many snowflakes as possible sharp. I find F/9 works well during heavy snowfalls with large snowflakes.
  • Place your subject against the dark background of coniferous trees  to help define the snowflakes.
  • Use manual focus for more precise results; Most Auto-focus systems focus on the nearest, large snowflakes.
  • Leave some breathing room for your subject - you have probably invested a lot of time to get out in that perfect storm; make sure you include it in the image and avoid shooting too tight.

FirstPass Image Editing Software Evolves

I first told you about FirstPass image editing software for the Mac back in November and wanted to pass on the news that a new version is available with tons of new features:

✔ New image information panel 
✔ Image information panel now shows image histograms 
✔ Image information panel can be activated from image browser using right click menu 
✔ Ratings can be applied to multiple files at the same time using right click context menu 
✔ Improved memory management and performance 
✔ Fix for an issue related to caching optimization

This software has evolved into a fast, feature rich, must-have image editing dream for Mac using photographers! Be sure to purchase your copy before the scheduled price increase on February 1, 2012; it's going up to only $18.99, but you can get your copy for only $9.99 now:

Check out FirstPass in the CANADIAN APPLE STORE HERE

Check out FirstPass in the US APPLE STORE HERE

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Reader Comments (5)

Excellent shot and wonderful picture. Awesome!!!

February 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAltax

The photo is incredible you manage to catch unique moment and the way this owl looks is absolutely amazing. I am sure whether it is the camera or the photo editing software but picture sharpens is brilliant. AMAZING WORK!

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteradie andrews

Beautiful shot, I like those hypnotizing and piercing eyes, looking right into the lens!

March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichal Budzynski

Hey, thanks, Michal!

March 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

Love your owl shots! I am really going to have to make owl photography a priority in 2013...If the lemmings are have a good year and it snows!

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Harvey

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