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    Posted April 27, 2012 by
    Surrey, British Columbia

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    Capturing Snowy Owls at first light


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     speedy01 says the last time these owls were seen at Boundary Bay was in 2006. 'They come here when their food supply in the tundra up North runs low, they fly thousands of miles to get to our shores,' he says. 'They are such beautiul creatures.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    When the Snowy Owls came to Boundary Bay, and the tourists as well as Photographers invaded the area turning the Bay into a circus, I decided that in order to get some really nice shots it would be best for me to get there at the crack of dawn, which I did, thus avoiding the crowds, I braved fierce winds and temperatures hovering around the minus 10 degrees.
    The Owls were settling in, after a night of hunting for voles and getting ready to rest and sleep. This was the time to get to work and try to capture them in that early light. Dealing with very low light was a challenge by itself, so I had to resort to high ISO and low shutter speeds which resulted inevitably in some degree of digital noise. Most of that noise was then reduced with the use of some editing and graphic programs.
    I think that I managed to get the “mood” of that particular day. Enjoy!

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