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Congratulations to OSP2017 for winning Feature Thread of the Week with 11 votes - View Previous Winners


Last trip to my favourite lake this year...




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Oct 16, 2021 at 07:12 AM
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And a dozen more...




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Oct 16, 2021 at 07:15 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · October Loons


Beautiful series. I love the image with the water splash!


Oct 16, 2021 at 10:33 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · October Loons


Really lovely images. Are you shooting from something like a hide on/in the waterline? I'd love to learn more if you're willing to share a bit about your set up.


Oct 16, 2021 at 11:50 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · October Loons


Incredible images!!


Oct 16, 2021 at 01:22 PM
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Teleguy1 wrote:
Beautiful series. I love the image with the water splash!


Thank you so much, Dave!



Oct 16, 2021 at 02:01 PM
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cocodrillo wrote:
Really lovely images. Are you shooting from something like a hide on/in the waterline? I'd love to learn more if you're willing to share a bit about your set up.


Thank you very much, Sean!!

I shoot these from a standard aluminum 12ft boat. It's a decent size lake and I like to shoot several families, which gives me different backgrounds and even different prey - one of the families gets crayfish pretty often. You are also constantly on the move once the babies grow up.

To get as close to the water as possible, you need to position the boat with the motor facing the loons. There is a cutout where the motor sits and it gives me about 8 inches from the water surface. With the constant movement of loons and the wind, you have to sometimes shoot from a slightly higher position but you're still shooting over the stern, never over the sides or the front. Knee and elbow pads are a must.

Another good alternative is a pontoon boat as it has openings on all sides and you can lie on the deck and reposition the boat with a remote controller connected with the trolling motor. This way you don't have to get up unless the loons surface too far away from the boat. Unfortunately, you're higher off the water surface than in a fishing boat.



Oct 16, 2021 at 02:22 PM
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OSP2017 wrote:
Thank you very much, Sean!!

I shoot these from a standard aluminum 12ft boat. It's a decent size lake and I like to shoot several families, which gives me different backgrounds and even different prey - one of the families gets crayfish pretty often. You are also constantly on the move once the babies grow up.

To get as close to the water as possible, you need to position the boat with the motor facing the loons. There is a cutout where the motor sits and it gives me about 8 inches from the water surface. With the constant movement of loons
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Thanks for the ideas. I'm not sure I can pull that off on my normal urban river, but I'd also never thought carefully about shooting out the back of a boat from the motor well. Very neat idea! It works absolutely fabulously based on your images.



Oct 16, 2021 at 03:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · October Loons


A lovely set and I'd love to call out my favorites yet I lost count as there are so many

Morris



Oct 16, 2021 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · October Loons


Excellent set. Very nice work on these.

Gordon



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louie champan wrote:
Incredible images!!


Thank you very much, Louie!



Oct 17, 2021 at 07:32 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · October Loons


Lovely set.

Birdie



Oct 17, 2021 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · October Loons


This is a super nice set.

Voted

Pius



Oct 18, 2021 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · October Loons


Nice shots, but I yearn to see some more pics of them less tightly cropped. There's not much "room to breathe" in these, and a few slightly wider ones might establish the birds in their habitats/part of the ecosystem


Oct 18, 2021 at 03:05 PM
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morris wrote:
A lovely set and I'd love to call out my favorites yet I lost count as there are so many

Morris


Thank you so much, Morris, really glad you liked them!

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gcooke0522 wrote:
Excellent set. Very nice work on these.

Gordon


Thank you, Gordon!!




Oct 18, 2021 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · October Loons


So nice !! Great light and action
Gary



Oct 18, 2021 at 10:46 PM
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birdied wrote:
Lovely set.

Birdie


Thanks, Birdie!



Oct 19, 2021 at 08:34 AM
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Pius Sullivan wrote:
This is a super nice set.

Voted

Pius


Thank you very much, Pius, and highly appreciate the vote!!



Oct 19, 2021 at 08:35 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · October Loons


Amazing details/colors and wonderful composition, OSP! Your rendering of these loon images is nothing short but superb! They EMV!

Joshua



Oct 19, 2021 at 08:57 AM
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Robin Smith wrote:
Nice shots, but I yearn to see some more pics of them less tightly cropped. There's not much "room to breathe" in these, and a few slightly wider ones might establish the birds in their habitats/part of the ecosystem


Thanks for the comment!



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