Finnish Lapland 2015: Great Grey Owls and more (MANY PICTURES)

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Hi all,

It must have been ages since my last post ! Nothing much has changed thou, only a few extra grey hairs to be honest :);).
Still photographing with the same camera bodies as 7 years ago, the D3, D300 and D700 (thanks dad).
Last March I went to Kuusamo, Finland. I booked a birding trip with Finnature, which is a local bird and wildlife organisation.
They offer specialised birding and wildlife workshops for nature photographers and boy oh boy they do have some great stuff to offer.
They are famous for their Great Grey Owl and lekking Cappercaillie workshops, you can choose whether you want to photograph the owls during wintertime or when they are nesting.
Since I prefer take pictures in snowy conditions I visited these Scandinavian country in wintertime.

I've had a SUPER WEEK !!! Still enjoying this experience, still puts a smile on my face.

Enjoy the pictures , please feel free to comment and don't hesitate to ask a question.

btw all pictures are made with D3 and D700 paired with 300 and 500vr.

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Hawk Owl in its habitat by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Dipper by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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The Chase by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Great Grey during the blue hour by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Find me if you can by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Great Grey resting during daytime by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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The mystical forest by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Flying Great Grey by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Incoming Great Grey by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Great Grey On the snow by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

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Great Grey Portrait by johan_van_hoof, on Flickr

Take care peeps
 
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wholly coroomba, by all means welcome back, as a relatively new member myself, I have never seen your work before, thank you for taking the time to post, your work is just stunning to say the least, photos like those don't happen, they are earned, well done.
 

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Stunning set! Thanks so much for sharing! Lots of creativity evidenced here...in addition to excellent photographic skills!
 
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wholly coroomba, by all means welcome back, as a relatively new member myself, I have never seen your work before, thank you for taking the time to post, your work is just stunning to say the least, photos like those don't happen, they are earned, well done.

Thanks alot Darrell, Thanks for the kind words. This was the second time I went there in order to photograph these beautiful birds, 'cause I didn't see any of those the previous time. So, yea ... I was over the moon when I saw them and when I could photograph them in these conditions.

These are so much fun to view. I'm glad you took the time to share them with us!!

Hi Terri, thanks alot for your comment and your time. I'm very glad you like them and that I can share these ones.

Stunning set! Thanks so much for sharing! Lots of creativity evidenced here...in addition to excellent photographic skills!

Butlerkid, Since I had been there before I went there this time with some pictures in mind, it were pictures which I was dead set on getting. Like for example the dipper with the slow shutterspeed in order to get the water flowing:cool:. The Siberian Jays chasing each other is taking with a wide angle lens (24-120mm which replaces my 24-70), it's just great when you get the wanted result.

Love your style and interpretation! A fabulous set.

Palouse, Thanks for your kind words ! Much appreciated ! And it's nice to be back on this forum:). I also stepped away of trying to photograph each animal/bird tightly in the frame. I want to put some space around, especially if you photograph them in the beautiful wild. In my opinion, the picture gets more interesting to look at, you as a photographer can tell more ... otherwise I can better go to a zoo instead of Scandinavia;).

Cheers guys
 
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That was a very good set. Numbers 3 along with 6 and beyond were my favorites. I'm relatively new here but think you should show your work more often.
 
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Beautiful and fun set. Thanks for sharing.

Ed

Thanks alot Ed ! I do like these results myself as well, still enjoying them on a daily basis. Great experience it was.

WoW.. Beauty..All amazing.
Thank you.

Thanks Gorec, I'm glad you like them. Thanks for your time and comment !

Excellent Photos Johan - Looked like a great trip

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Bill

Bill, thanks a bunch ! Seeing these Great Greys hunting in the open fields was like watching a BBC documentary live (y):), amazing stuff !

That was a very good set. Numbers 3 along with 6 and beyond were my favorites. I'm relatively new here but think you should show your work more often.

Hi nmguy, thanks for your kind words as well. I will post more of my pictures in the future, promised ! But I'm quite hard and picky when it comes to critizing my own work. I will post some Little Owl pictures somewhere during these upcoming months, I still have to go and photograph this little fella;). But it will work out !

you can always check out more at www.johanvanhoof.weebly.com

Kind regards to all
 
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Beautiful series...Love the GGO and it is on my list to see it one day.

Troylim, thank you for you time and kind words. The first time I saw one of these was on a BBC documentary it is the sexiest bird of the Taiga:)(y)

All the best
 
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Loving the Great Grey Owl, so serene against the snowy background and one of the most interesting Dipper shots I have seen ... first class :)
 
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Loving the Great Grey Owl, so serene against the snowy background and one of the most interesting Dipper shots I have seen ... first class :)

Hi Roger, thanks alot man ! I appreciate your nice comment. Those GGO are the most beautiful feathered things I have seen, those portrait shots are made with the 500vr and the 1.7tc. The Great Grey was sitting quite close in front of me, the bird sat on the snow and was looking around checking us out:cool:. My D3's shutter went like a madman for several minutes:snaphappy:(y)

The dipper shot is also taken with the D3 and 500vr, I went for a slow shutterspeed (1/20s) because I wanted to show the movement in the water. The water flowed over the big stone and splattered around, that was exatly what I wanted to show in the pictures. Otherwise, I had to use HIGH iso speeds to freeze everything and those were rather dull shots. It was abit tricky to end up with a tack sharp shot but it was a matter of all or nothing.

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Hi Roger, thanks alot man ! I appreciate your nice comment. Those GGO are the most beautiful feathered things I have seen, those portrait shots are made with the 500vr and the 1.7tc. The Great Grey was sitting quite close in front of me, the bird sat on the snow and was looking around checking us out:cool:. My D3's shutter went like a madman for several minutes:snaphappy:(y)

The dipper shot is also taken with the D3 and 500vr, I went for a slow shutterspeed (1/20s) because I wanted to show the movement in the water. The water flowed over the big stone and splattered around, that was exatly what I wanted to show in the pictures. Otherwise, I had to use HIGH iso speeds to freeze everything and those were rather dull shots. It was abit tricky to end up with a tack sharp shot but it was a matter of all or nothing.

Kind Regards
This particular shot is amazing technique. .
how did you manage 1/20 and you know any slight move this bird makes is going to ruin the shot? did you burst shoot the capture?.
 
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