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p.1 #1 · My First Northern Harrier


Went back to the batture late this afternoon to see what there was to see. Spotted a hawk off in the distance hunting just above the growth in the water. After some time , he came a bit closer. Not close enough to get the wonderful shots that you all post, but close enough to make my afternoon

Also found a red tail hawk.

500mm handheld , still trying to practice .

As always your nits, crits and suggestions are much appreciated.

Hope you enjoy,

Birdie






Approaching from the river











Off he goes - I always seem to just miss the shot






Red Tail in the setting light






Sunset time to go home .




Feb 02, 2013 at 06:34 AM
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p.1 #2 · My First Northern Harrier


Wouldn't it be easier if the harrier was the size of the ship? ....Very nice in flights and big congrats on your first harrier....funny about the going away shot....I have about 32gb of shots just like that
The sunset on the river is lovely...hope you didn't get too wet walking in the muck.
Eric



Feb 02, 2013 at 06:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · My First Northern Harrier


Excellent pics Birdie and congrats on your first Harrier pic. A male at that! Those Harriers gliding across the land are hard to get close for a pic, for me at least.

Best,
Tom



Feb 02, 2013 at 09:37 AM
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p.1 #4 · My First Northern Harrier


Look on the bright side, the perched Red Tail Hawk is a superb shot with great eye contact.


Feb 02, 2013 at 01:28 PM
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p.1 #5 · My First Northern Harrier


Well done Birdie. Congrats on the big H. Shooting is a progression for me:
1) See X, but maybe not get a shot at all.
2) Get a shot close enough to identify X.
3) Get a bunch of OK shots.
5) Get the killer shot.
And step 5 is a work in progress...

Ron



Feb 02, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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p.1 #6 · My First Northern Harrier


I enjoy #1 quite a bit. There's just a whisker too much negative space above the boat - just for the sake of amusement, I might try moving the bird down a bit to allow you to get more of a 3:2 crop but with the same space to the left and right.

I know that's a little taboo to be modifying the location of your subject like that, but I always like to experiment with my shots to see what better framing would have looked like.

Nice shots all around!



Feb 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · My First Northern Harrier


#2 is nice but the BG just doesn't do it. #3 is great BG; you just needed to turn the bird around . Maybe he'll be there next time. Don


Feb 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
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p.1 #8 · My First Northern Harrier


Congrats on getting the Harrier. You'll soon be shooting them close up. Great light on the Red Tail.

Wayne



Feb 02, 2013 at 02:44 PM
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p.1 #9 · My First Northern Harrier


Wouldn't it be easier if the harrier was the size of the ship? ....Very nice in flights and big congrats on your first harrier....funny about the going away shot....I have about 32gb of shots just like that
The sunset on the river is lovely...hope you didn't get too wet walking in the muck.
Eric


Thanks Eric ! It would be much easier if they were larger and didn't move so fast I have soooooo many shots of whatever the subject looking the wrong way or moving away . All in the trial and error , right !
Not to worry, did not get too wet . Thanks again .



Excellent pics Birdie and congrats on your first Harrier pic. A male at that! Those Harriers gliding across the land are hard to get close for a pic, for me at least.

Best,
Tom


Thanks for the kind words Tom ! I wish they were excellent, but they were fun . I have never seen a harrier before these showed up.



Look on the bright side, the perched Red Tail Hawk is a superb shot with great eye contact.


Oh I do try and look on the bright side Glad you liked the red tail.



Well done Birdie. Congrats on the big H. Shooting is a progression for me:
1) See X, but maybe not get a shot at all.
2) Get a shot close enough to identify X.
3) Get a bunch of OK shots.
5) Get the killer shot.
And step 5 is a work in progress...


Thanks Ron ! In the hierarchy of progression what happened to 4 . Is that the step where you can't believe it is all coming together I keep bouncing between 1 , 2 and 3 !

Birdie




Feb 02, 2013 at 05:05 PM
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p.1 #10 · My First Northern Harrier


tinyfishy wrote:
Look on the bright side, the perched Red Tail Hawk is a superb shot with great eye contact.


Agree with that. Love the red tail, Birdie. I do definitely miss the river country...what passes for a river in TX is laughable.

Kenny



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p.1 #11 · My First Northern Harrier


Nice looking set Roberta. Harriers sure are pretty.


Feb 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
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As the object gets closer the speed of movement is increased 10x! Unpredictable movement is hard to be ready for Birdie but I see nothing wrong with what you have accomplished!
Not only a Harrier but the 'great Gray Ghost' himself appeared for you, how lucky is that girl Your away shot is also a good exposure, the white 'butt' is not on fire

Take care keep at it, nice shooting
Karl



Feb 02, 2013 at 05:35 PM
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p.1 #13 · My First Northern Harrier


I enjoy #1 quite a bit. There's just a whisker too much negative space above the boat - just for the sake of amusement, I might try moving the bird down a bit to allow you to get more of a 3:2 crop but with the same space to the left and right.

I know that's a little taboo to be modifying the location of your subject like that, but I always like to experiment with my shots to see what better framing would have looked like.

Nice shots all around!


Thanks ! Tried your suggestion and moved the bird. Like it better








Feb 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #14 · My First Northern Harrier


lovely set Roberta .. watch out for the gators


Feb 02, 2013 at 08:47 PM
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p.1 #15 · My First Northern Harrier


Congrats Birdie. You got both male and female


Feb 02, 2013 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #16 · My First Northern Harrier


Nice job on your first and a male too


Feb 02, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #17 · My First Northern Harrier


Congratulations Roberta for your first Harrier. # 4 for me in this set.

Note: if it would be easy, it wouldn't be fun

Phil.



Feb 02, 2013 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #18 · My First Northern Harrier


Nice set, Birdie.
Congrats on the Northern Harrier. It's also interesting to see where you are shooting.
Chris



Feb 02, 2013 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #19 · My First Northern Harrier


birdied wrote

I know that's a little taboo to be modifying the location of your subject like that, but I always like to experiment with my shots to see what better framing would have looked like.

Thanks ! Tried your suggestion and moved the bird. Like it better


Good all around work. Nice BIF. But


Is this a photoshop thing? As you said, if the bird wasn't there than it isn't there. Confused.



Feb 02, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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p.1 #20 · My First Northern Harrier


Really enjoyed these neat shots Birdie.
John



Feb 02, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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