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Old Feb 3, 2013, 9:55 AM   #1
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Default red shouldered hawk with 70-300mm

All Handlheld, 400 shutter speed which I ended up turning down to 320 shutter speed due to the low light. ISO was capped at 1000. Very pleased to have caught this bird sitting in a tree scanning for late afternoon snack, even if the light wasn't so great. Post processing was done in UFRAW + GIMP btw


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p.s. I did post these in wildlife section as well but wanted to share here too since not everyone goes to all the sections of Steve's
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Old Feb 3, 2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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The way his cheat is puffed out, is he looking for a mate? Good-looking bird, and some nice shots.
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The way his cheat is puffed out, is he looking for a mate? Good-looking bird, and some nice shots.
Thanks for checking them out, this bird has been on my capture list for a while and these are the best shots I've gotten thus far.

I think he is puffed out because it was a blustery 25 degrees outside, their normal mating season is April through July.
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.....thatsaniceone!

I really like the hawks. I saw a Red-Tail last weekend but did not have the 70-300 mounted so I watched the hawk for a while before it flew away.

This one does look to be fluffed due to the cold, nice capture and fun to get too.
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Pretty good for hand held at 1/320. Wish we had more birds around my house besides Robins and Sparrows.
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Very nice shot!
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Great shots!
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Thanks everyone for your comments and checking it out!

We are lucky to live in a wooded area that supports a variety of wildlife.

I wanted to add that the pictures were taken with a +1 EV which I had set more for shots with a snow background and inadvertently left on for this set. In the end it was okay as I still had to bump up the exposure a bit more in the RAW processing.
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Nice shots. Personally I would have increased the ISO along with the shutter. It's easier to remove some ISO noise, which the EPL2 should handle well anyway, than to sharpen blurriness caused by camera shake.
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Nice shots. Personally I would have increased the ISO along with the shutter. It's easier to remove some ISO noise, which the EPL2 should handle well anyway, than to sharpen blurriness caused by camera shake.
I personally don't find my E-PL2 handles ISO higher than 1000 very well, hence why I have the Auto limited to that setting.
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