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Snowy Owl Photo Tour Update

Snowy Owl Wings-up (Bubo scandiacus, Harfang des neiges, SNOW) Ontrario. Image Copyright ©Christopher Dodds. Canon EOS Canon EOS 1DX, 600mm F4 L IS II ISO 1,600, f/5.6 @ 1/3,200s Manual mode. PURCHASE A PRINT or LICENSE IMAGE FOR PUBLICATION HERE.

Here's one from one of many memorable moments during my Snowy Winter Owl Workshops last season. The outlook for this winter season is simply superb! I currently know where there are more Snowy Owls than I did this time last year. Remarkably, I have had three cancellations due to illness. Each of the three folks have asked me to try to find someone to fill their spot and have agreed to a discount. Be sure to have a look at the workshop and take advantage of $500.00 savings if you book a 2015 owl trip before midnight Dec. 24, 2014. Space is limited, so don't wait too long!

January 12-16, 2015 Snowy Winter Owl Workshop - NOW SOLD OUT

January 26-30, 2015 Snowy Winter Owl Workshop - NOW SOLD OUT

February 2-6, 2015 Snowy Winter Owl Workshop - NOW SOLD OUT

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Reader Comments (10)

Really stunning picture! great work! thanks for sharing!

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Thanks, Jack.

Very best,


December 27, 2014 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

That's an amazing image. Really beautiful eyes.

January 5, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternothierthanthou

Thanks, Daniel!

January 6, 2015 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

Just a truly amazing picture !

I've had the chance to meet you at the Laval Salon de la Photo in 2014 during your Canon 7DII presentation where you showed your work with the Northern Gannet. It was very impressive and in early december I ended up buying the 7DII along with the new 100-400 II (I read your review as well) and a 1.4x III extender (also got the 16-35 f4 for landscapes). I've been very happy with my purchase so far, this is my first camera so I'm a greenie beginner!

Yesterday I decided to go on my first Snowy Owl and I've had the luck to see and photographed one, I was ecstatic!

Now the photos were not bad but certainly not great. I was wondering (if I may ask a couple questions here) what you use for metering (I was using evaluative, would spot work better?) and for exposure compensation with the snow (I was using +1).

Thank you for any help, much appreciated!

January 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDominic Marcoux

Hi Dominic,

Glad you liked the 7D mark II launch slideshow I did for Canon in Laval at the Gosselin Photo Salon de la Photo. I think I remember spending a little time chatting with you after the show?

Happy to hear you got yourself an awesome kit.

Evaluative metering works well in the snow. In manual mode, adjust the exposure so the meter shows a plus 1 & 2/3 to plus 2 stop compensation to properly expose the wite bird against the white background. Simply have a look at the histogram to make sure the whites are up against (but not touching) the right hand side of the histogram.

Good luck & have fun in the snow (and cold).

Very best,


February 1, 2015 | Registered CommenterChristopher Dodds

Hi Chris,

Thank you so much for the reply. Yes we did a little bit :)

I will add those tips to my knowledge toolbox.

Can't wait to try it in the field!

February 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDominic Marcoux

this is a gorgeous photo, wow!!! I saw a snowy owl fly through our back yard in NH a couple weeks ago from one tall tree to another, then it was gone. It was a magical experience.

April 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Hegfield

Really amazing picture! Well done

April 7, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJarek

Dang, that owl is beautiful. The warm tone really sets off the details of the feathers!

April 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJasmine LI

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