This older male Snowy Owl leaves his perch with an early morning 9 o'clock sun behind him. This gives a minimalist colour shot with shadows and light the opposite of what is normally seen.
However, this type of lighting accents the transparency of the wings and legs of the bird. The backlight also gives a beautiful highlighted outline of the rest of the bird and specks of snow lifted off the perch. It also gives the image a nice soft pastel look.
Canon 7D with the 500L f4 lens handheld @ 1/1250, f8, ISO 400, no exposure compensation.
Slightly cropped to off-centre the Snowy.
This photo will be available printed on canvas as a 12 x 16 for my next exhibit the weekend of 6-7-8 July at St-Nicolas. When printing on paper or canvas, I don't leave any 255 pure white in the image, but reduce it from about 248 to 250 so as not to leave noticable white patches.
EXPOSITION d'art champêtre: Village en arts, le 6, 7 et 8 juillet, 2012 sous les chapiteaux dans le parc Le Picart et rue De l'Entente du quartier Saint-Nicolas à Lévis.