Hot on the heels only two days ago of the very exciting news that I took out the Silver medal for Australia in the 2021 World Photographic Cup in the Nature category, came the news last night that I had subsequently also won first place in the the AIPP 2021 Silver Lining Awards Natural World Category.
The winning photograph I captioned ‘Phantom of the Opera’ was photographed in Canada in Winter of a Snowy Owl in flight low over a snow covered field. Shot with the Canon EOS 1DX MK2 and the Canon EF 400mm f2.8L IS MKIII, this was a photograph I had envisaged in my minds eye and always wanted to capture. It took some experimentation with shutter speed to get just the right amount of wing blur whilst maintaining sharp focus on the eyes. In the end I found a shutter speed of 1/800th of a second optimal at f5.6.