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I always had difficulty getting a good shot of a hawk taking off because I find them quite unpredictable as to which way they will take off. Sometimes they dive down and glide and sometimes they jump up. So if I keep the hawk full in the frame, I cannot successfully follow it. This is my first successful attempt.

Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 G2

Amit

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May 18, 2017 at 12:25 PM
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Congradulations on tracking the takeoff. Birds take off into the wind and will turn into the wind before taking off. Now it will be a little less of a surprise

Morris



May 18, 2017 at 11:09 PM
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beautifully done, Amit. wished the BG on 2nd one was cleaner.


May 19, 2017 at 01:37 AM
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Congrats on two sharp images here Amit, #1 is terrific.

Kirk



May 19, 2017 at 01:47 AM
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morris wrote:
Congradulations on tracking the takeoff. Birds take off into the wind and will turn into the wind before taking off. Now it will be a little less of a surprise

Morris


Thanks, Morris. I remembered your advice from a previous post of mine. But even with the bird turned into the wind, I have noticed that it sometimes jumps up in the air off its perch and at other times, it flies a bit below its perch to get the wind underneath its wings. If I have framed the hawk tight in my VF, I am not fast enough to follow its flight path. So I have to zoom out if I think its going to take off but now since the bird is small in the frame, i have to crop and lose quality. Wondering how others who post awesome photos manage this.

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kdacharya wrote:
beautifully done, Amit. wished the BG on 2nd one was cleaner.


Thanks, KD. I wish it was as well on both actually.

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KirkB wrote:
Congrats on two sharp images here Amit, #1 is terrific.

Kirk


Thanks a lot, Kirk.


Amit




May 19, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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Two terrific shots, very well done. Would have been nice to have a different background but can't always get what we want.


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i would take these backgrounds any day, i hardly ever get to see a redtail let alone get a shot of one, great job on these!


May 19, 2017 at 07:00 AM
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nice take off Amit


May 19, 2017 at 09:07 AM
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louie champan wrote:
Two terrific shots, very well done. Would have been nice to have a different background but can't always get what we want.


Thanks, Louie. Agree with your comment. I took these to practice the capturing the take off when I can get close to the hawk.

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i would take these backgrounds any day, i hardly ever get to see a redtail let alone get a shot of one, great job on these!


Thanks, Brian. Redtails are very commonplace where I live so I guess I am lucky. I am not so lucky with other raptors like kestrels, falcons, red-shouldered.

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kmunroe wrote:
nice take off Amit


Kenny, thanks for the comments.

Amit




May 19, 2017 at 12:27 PM
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Warkari wrote:
Thanks, Morris. I remembered your advice from a previous post of mine. But even with the bird turned into the wind, I have noticed that it sometimes jumps up in the air off its perch and at other times, it flies a bit below its perch to get the wind underneath its wings. If I have framed the hawk tight in my VF, I am not fast enough to follow its flight path. So I have to zoom out if I think its going to take off but now since the bird is small in the frame, i have to
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I leave a little room for them to move into simular to leaving space in the direction there going. If i'm suprised I pull back fast and then zoom back in. It's got to become instinct or as some say muscle memory.

Morris



May 19, 2017 at 01:33 PM
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The trick is to leave lots of room in the frame so you can react flexibly to a high or low jump-off. Everyone knows what red-tailed hawks look like, so aiming for compositionally interesting images with fun backgrounds is the more promising strategy.

Christian



May 19, 2017 at 07:54 PM
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morris wrote:
I leave a little room for them to move into simular to leaving space in the direction there going. If i'm suprised I pull back fast and then zoom back in. It's got to become instinct or as some say muscle memory.

Morris


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Christian H wrote:
The trick is to leave lots of room in the frame so you can react flexibly to a high or low jump-off. Everyone knows what red-tailed hawks look like, so aiming for compositionally interesting images with fun backgrounds is the more promising strategy.

Christian


Thanks for the great tips, Morris and Christian. I need to practice that.

Amit




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