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Red Tail Hawk

Red Tail Hawk
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Copyright: Tom Peak (tkp1165) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 595] (3876)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D 300, Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8 IF-ED
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-17 16:53
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I haven't been to the refuge in a long time and since my truck got broken into and all my lenses and filters were stolen and no more sigma 50-500, my favorite wildlife lens there was nothing to shoot with. But to day along with the rain and the fog and the biggest lens I have now the 105mm 2.8 I thought I would go see what I could get. I seen several hawks but all to far for the 105 but as I was getting ready to leave this guy flew down and landed on this post about 8 feet away and sat there and even let me us a flash in the low light. After getting a few images he let me get within 5 feet of him. It was very cool when he opened his wings that close to me and took flight.
Thanks for looking and hope you had a good weekend.

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Not only is this a sharp photo of a bird, the background adds both context and composition. Putting the bird to the right of the frame with the stream behind creates an interesting composition.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-17 17:51]

Hola Tom.
Great photo taken with a 105 micro lens. as You said You were very lucky to get such close to the Hawk.
Sorry for the big lost of Your lenses.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-01-17 18:54]

Hi Tom , sorry to hear about your lenses getting stolen , that is pretty harsh :-(

you managed well with your 105mm and accommodating subject getting good detail, I like the moody background too.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-17 19:58]

Hello Tom,
Sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation. This type of tragedy is always on my mind whenever I have to leave any of my gear in the truck for any length of time.
Seems like today the Hawk has accommodated your misfortune by providing a wonderful opportunity for you to photograph him up close and personal.
A gorgeous shot of this beautiful hawk showing fine detail, color and exposure. Great work!!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-17 21:35]

Hello Tom
You are lucky to take this wonderful photo only with 105mm lens.

hello Tom

dorry the hear that bad news, i heard the same thing
for one of our friends here, they broke his car and took
all the camera and lenses, the reason why we should
never leave cameras and lenses in the car,
you did an excellent photo of the hawk with your
Nikkor 105mm macro lens,

i think not exactly the same lens, but here a photo
shot with the 105mm Nikkor lens, copy and paste all the link :




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  • KMCC (101)
  • [2010-01-18 15:24]

The DOF (centered on the hawk) really makes this photograph for me. I was thinking that it might be just a bit underexposed, but the more I look at it, the better I like it just the way it is. The balance of your composition is excellent.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-01-18 21:00]

Hi Tom,
I am so sorry about what happened to your truck and your photographic equipment.
You still managed to take this fantastic shot of this hawk.
It is beautiful. I love it.
I hope he will inspire you to keep taking pictures with what you have, until you can replace the lost equipment.
TFS. : )

A very nice close encounter of this magnificant looking raptor. You can definitely tell it's Washington weather, the heavy overcast that paints the atmosphere like a Tim Burton movie set (The bleak, grim, gray, dingy, grey day). Anyway I find it very incredible that you were able to approach the raptor so closely without it flying away. Were you in your car? Very sorry to hear that you lost your camera equipment to theft, one situation I would like to avoid. If you have the serial numbers it's a possible chance you could get them back. There are several sites that you can submit serial numbers to an online registry. People will sometimes check this registry before they commit to a purchase from ebay or a pawn shop and sometimes they will contact the victim and let them know found their gear. Something to consider. Again very sorry Tom.
Paul :)

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