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Old Nov 30, 2008, 8:27 PM   #1
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weather's been horrid all weekend, but it brightened up just a little this afternoon - no sun, but at least the clouds thinned out enough to let a little light through - so i headed for the park to see if there was anything to shoot. seems i can't go a week without getting out to take pictures... anyway, i found this young red-tailed hawk sitting in a tree, and he was good enough to allow me to take a number of photos. not the best, due to the light - certainly nothing like Roger's outstanding series - but finding a red-tail out in the open, this close, and willing to sit for photos, is pretty rare in these parts, so i took what i could get!:G 40D, 400mm, 1/640 @ f/7.1. shot in manual mode, 1-2 stops overexposed to compensate for backlighting and crappy light...







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Old Nov 30, 2008, 8:33 PM   #2
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Awesome shots! I'd be thrilled with an opportunity like that.

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Old Nov 30, 2008, 9:53 PM   #3
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thanks, Bob... i was a bit surprised he just sat there while several people took photos of him. he was about 15 yards away, and about 15 feet up in a tree above a wet, grassy area. i'd seen him in several places around the park for a couple of hours, but he kept going back to that tree - i think he was hoping for a mouse or something...
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Way to go Rocky.



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Old Nov 30, 2008, 11:43 PM   #5
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that first shot is killer. i really like the way you framed the shot and how you processed it. excellent contrast, sharp eye contact, no major obstructing branches. despite the challenging lighting conditions, i still think that you nailed that shot.

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