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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Short-eared Owl
From: tedgrant at (tedgrant at
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:55:04 -0700
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Doug Herr SHOWED:
Subject: IMG: Short-eared Owl

Hi Doug,
You never cease to amaze me with your ability to capture the birds and 
critters you've shown us over the past decade. The dedication and patients 
required to capture wild-life as you do is truly amazing. It must be a 
"Great Spirit" given talent in trust.

The sad part about this is, the company LEICA have never had the 
intelligence nor vision to sign you to a contract, paying you a handsome sum 
in retaining your photographic talents with their gear advertising what can 
be done with the long glass and bodies.

It isn't like you are a one day wonder at this type of photography. You are 
a leader year after year and I'd put that up against anyone internationally! 
You do it with such great success they could've built an incredible 
international "use Leica's wild life advertising campaign" that would've 
sold thousands upon thousands of dollars in lenses and bodies.

But because you are not seen by their marketing people as a "big name" such 
as, say "Bryan Adams, the guitar plucker" whom they give him Leicas as 
though they were pop corn. Only because in their eyes he's "supposed to be?" 
Pardon the expression "A great photographer???????" Quite frankly that's BS 
and he could take a few lessons from any number of the talented 
photographers on this list. But big names are what Leica hang onto as the 
"Influence to sell gear."  As you will recall the recent video of the one 
handed wonder galloping about on horse back shooting one handed S2 images we 
have yet to see one sharp usable photograph from horse back!!"

Not to fret, as its a major loss for Leica and not for yourself. Yes the 
potential income would be very nice! However no one can take away your 
incredible talents for wonderful wild life photography.

Good on you Doug! :-) First class all the way!


>I recently visited Plumas County California where several Short-eared Owls 
>had been reported.  I ditched work on Friday (with boss's permission) and 
>left early on Thursday to catch the owls in evening light:
> > The owls were perched on roadside fence posts when I arrived.  Traffic 
> > on the road was very light, perhaps one vehicle every half hour, so I 
> > stopped the truck in the wrong-way lane and made some photos out the 
> > driver's side window.  The locals are used to this sort of thing, even 
> > the highway patrol passed by without a word.
> >
> Owls need a warmup before a night of hunting:
> >
> Once the sun dips below the horizon the hunt is on:
> >
> I caught up with the owl the following morning is the fog:
> >
> Once the fog burned off the owl dropped to the cover of a weedy roadside 
> ditch.  The message I got here was "hey, napping going on here, enough 
> with the clicking!"
> >
> All photos: R8/DMR, 280mm f/4 APO.  Most with 1.4x APO-Extender-R, 
> shoulder stock & monopod.  Last photo without extender, with tripod.  All 
> comments welcome.

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