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p.1 #1 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


He was...right THERE, off the trail perhaps 10 feet away from me. Didn't care about joggers passing close by, or a guy with a Big Lens pointed at him. I even had to back up as I was within the minimum focusing distance -- and how often can you say that about a raptor? Taken with the 7D and 500 f4 L prime on the BushHawk. Shot in RAW, processed and converted in Canon DPP, and further tweaked in PSPx3.

Best Wishes,
Steve





Red-tail Hawk April 17 2012

  Canon EOS 7D    500mm    f/9.0    1/500s    200 ISO    +0.3 EV  



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Oct 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Good detail, and a really nice portrait. Great find.


Oct 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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p.1 #3 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Now isn't that a gift Mr Hawk whisperer!

That is pretty darn slick buddy, being that close and seeing this in the viewfinder must have been a powerful moment and would have give me goosebumps

Classy and I like it!
Karl



Oct 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Good detail, and a really nice portrait. Great find.



Thanks, Ken! It was one of those moments when I'm glad I was hiking around toting my 500 f4 on the BushHawk, as you never know what you might see...It's my dayhike lens of choice.

Best Wishes,
Steve



Oct 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Now isn't that a gift Mr Hawk whisperer!

That is pretty darn slick buddy, being that close and seeing this in the viewfinder must have been a powerful moment and would have give me goosebumps

Classy and I like it!
Karl


You're right Karl, he darned near filled up my viewfinder and I nearly fell over backwards backing up to so I could even get a headshot of him! I did get goosebumps but calmed myself down, knowing I might never get this opportunity again -- unless we see a raptor Up Close and Personal at your wildlife refuge when I visit ya during my 2013-14 Life on the Road Tour...

Thanks my friend!
Steve



Oct 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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trailhiker wrote:
You're right Karl, he darned near filled up my viewfinder and I nearly fell over backwards backing up to so I could even get a headshot of him! I did get goosebumps but calmed myself down, knowing I might never get this opportunity again -- unless we see a raptor Up Close and Personal at your wildlife refuge when I visit ya during my 2013-14 Life on the Road Tour...

Thanks my friend!
Steve


Remind me on that, Back to the Wild is a rehab facility nearby, lots of raptors to see, sad for them but lucky to have the care they get here.
http://backtothewild.com



Oct 31, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Remind me on that, Back to the Wild is a rehab facility nearby, lots of raptors to see, sad for them but lucky to have the care they get here.
http://backtothewild.com


Will do, I'm putting it on my List of Places to Visit (and an addition "while visiting with Karl" )



Oct 31, 2012 at 01:11 PM
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p.1 #8 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Wonderful shot ! I can not imagine being that close to one, must have been a really wonderful experience.


Birdie



Oct 31, 2012 at 01:33 PM
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p.1 #9 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Superb portrait shot, yes once in a while they let people with things pointed at them come very close


Oct 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
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birdied wrote:
Wonderful shot ! I can not imagine being that close to one, must have been a really wonderful experience.

Birdie


It was a wonderful experience, Roberta -- once I got over my initial shock! I mean, you just don't expect a close encounter like that to happen to you -- sure, someone else, but not you. I took so many shots -- and he was there for a good 10 minutes, just looking around -- that I finally just stood there, watching him. And watching the reactions of people walking by who didn't notice him until they were right next to him.

Thanks,
Steve



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jodelak wrote:
Superb portrait shot, yes once in a while they let people with things pointed at them come very close


Yes, once in a while they do -- but usually not to this "people" For raptors, all I have to do is just THINK I'll be pointing the lens at them -- and they fly off, usually leaving me with nothing better than a butt shot. Being out with the 500 f4 as much as possible increases my chances that I'll encounter that rare raptor that doesn't give a rip.

Thanks,
Steve



Oct 31, 2012 at 02:03 PM
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p.1 #12 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Lovely capture Steve.
Harsha



Oct 31, 2012 at 02:24 PM
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harshaj1 wrote:
Lovely capture Steve.
Harsha


Thanks Harsha. I think if I would've known he would be this close, I'd have used the 17-55 f2.8 on him, too.

Best Wishes,
Steve



Oct 31, 2012 at 02:49 PM
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p.1 #14 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Great catch Steve, it's exciting when they want to pose.

Rob



Oct 31, 2012 at 03:09 PM
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p.1 #15 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


very nice close-up Steve


Oct 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
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p.1 #16 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Terrific shot Steve although it looks a little over sharpened


Oct 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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p.1 #17 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Awesome Steve, great job
David



Oct 31, 2012 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #18 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Excellent portrait Steve!


Oct 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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p.1 #19 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Awesome detail!


Oct 31, 2012 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #20 · Red-tail Portrait (1x)


Great shot Steve, you have to love it when they give you that chance!!!

Tim



Nov 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
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