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Challenge: Birds III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: La Jolla, California
Date: Jun 18, 2012
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2012

A couple weeks ago I started seeing young hawks regularly on my daily lunch-hour walk, and last week I spotted the nest. Now there's always at least one hanging around, and I've seen up to four at a time in a group. I saw activity in the nest less than a week previously, so this may be a recent fledgling.

I'm surprised this came out as well as it did given the 480mm effective focal length with 1/60s shutter speed. Also no tripod and no IS, though I did steady the camera against a tree. Instead of my 60D I used my trusty old 20D, which I keep in my office for "emergencies". San Diego's "June Gloom" helped keep the lighting from being harsh.

Cropped, adjusted levels, added subtle vignette, cloned out sensor dust (my 20d has a *lot*), globally sharpened, selectively sharpened especially around the eyes and beak, and resized. Think that's it.


Thanks everyone who commented and voted, especially ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hahn23 for identifying it as a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. I went to both the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park over the weekend to shoot for this challenge, but my best bird photos turned out to be the wild hawk fledglings on the UCSD campus literally across the street from my office. I haven't seen any in the past five days so I figure they've moved on, but I enjoyed them while they were here.

Place: 18 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.4622
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3654
Avg (non-participants): 6.5373
Views since voting: 569
Views during voting: 267
Votes: 119
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2012 11:37:53 PM
The pose is perfect. Stuffed or well-trained? The brights seem a bit burnt on my monitor. 7 giving the benefit of technological aberrations.
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06/28/2012 10:43:39 PM
Nice portrait; great model.
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06/28/2012 05:20:05 PM
Wow this is beautiful
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06/27/2012 09:41:24 AM
Very nice clarity in such a beautiful bird.
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06/27/2012 05:03:11 AM
Nice photo..
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06/23/2012 12:03:03 AM
Beautiful bird, and lovely complementary background.
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06/22/2012 03:25:11 PM
Excellent clarity and detail. Nice pose.
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06/22/2012 12:48:56 AM
A very excellent photo of a Cooper's Hawk, juvenile. 9
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06/22/2012 12:43:28 AM
Very pretty feathers, and nicely blurred background. Good composition, too.
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06/22/2012 12:31:34 AM

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