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Old Feb 26, 2010, 4:22 PM   #1
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What is Northern Hawk doing in South Florida? This was my first capture of this make of bird, Male and Female. Caught in Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida,

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Old Feb 26, 2010, 4:30 PM   #2
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Oi, looking at these pictures, I just don't know how I am going to survive waiting til I get my K-7... I like the second shot the most... what beautiful colours you captured. You did a great job capturing these birds in flight. I wondering, the K-7 allow you to take 3 or so rapid shots at different aperatures/shutter speeds so that you can play around with the depth-of-field works in the photo... Again, I really like the second as it it is... the back ground (obviously, the hawk flying) give you a real sense of motion. Great job!

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Excellent shots Ed!
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Ed, how do you do that. I have a new K7. Teach me! I can't get the bird near center for the live of me, or in such sharp focus. Give mr some pointers ppplleeaassee.
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Wow, terrific flight shots, well done.
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Looking at these pictures from a different screen, these are really, really great pictures... And still the second one is my favourite... lovely colours and composition... an exciting shot that is NOT easy to take, but you have provided us with three neat shots. Thanks. Ned
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These are marvellous, Ed.
My favourite is #1, I did some experimenting with composition. Cropping, adding cancvas and cloning just to see if it would work. Hope you don't mind.

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Ed, how do you do that. I have a new K7. Teach me! I can't get the bird near center for the live of me, or in such sharp focus. Give mr some pointers ppplleeaassee.
I have found using spot focus on BIF's frustrating. I have more success using multipoint focus. With multi point I find if you have the subject anywhere near the middle it will focus on the closest object. See the busy background in two of these photos. The trick is to not depress the shutter half way until the subject is near the center, you can tell if focus is on the subject or the background. I do use spot focus when there are objects in front of the subject, but it is tough if you do not have a large slower subject.

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These are marvellous, Ed.
My favourite is #1, I did some experimenting with composition. Cropping, adding cancvas and cloning just to see if it would work. Hope you don't mind.

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Thats fine, I would be curious to see what others think. I had more room to crop deeper but felt the background was too busy. Since the Hawk is looking down adding more space makes sense.

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Thats fine, I would be curious to see what others think. I had more room to crop deeper but felt the background was too busy. Since the Hawk is looking down adding more space makes sense. Ed
IMO a bird in flight needs a bit of room in the direction it is flying, and in this case looking, so should not be cropped too closely either ahead or below.

Ed, these are great pictures. The owl-like facial disk shows particularly well in #2 - these birds hunt by sound as owls do, but in daylight, listening for sounds of rodents rustling in the marsh grass which then direct the eyes where to look - that is what the male is doing in that picture, the best I have ever seen to show that. Thanks for posting these.
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