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So Begins The Hunt
So Begins The Hunt

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Yucaipa, California
Date: Jan 3, 2012
Aperture: f/4.9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2012

I took this in Yucaipa California at sundown. I have tried many times to get a good flying hawk image and this is the first one I am happy with.

Place: 13 out of 287
Avg (all users): 6.6424
Avg (commenters): 7.3750
Avg (participants): 6.5865
Avg (non-participants): 6.7660
Views since voting: 1110
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 151
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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02/11/2012 05:54:25 PM
Originally posted by MeMex2:

wonderful capture!
02/11/2012 05:52:12 PM
Thank all of you for your nice comments and helpful tips!
02/11/2012 09:06:07 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

As a wildlife photographer - and my bf, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Magnumphotography, shoots Canon too so I am well aware of what your gear can do - I can appreciate how tough it is to get a shot like this. Gave you a 7 in voting. Great downward glance of the hawk and fantastic capture with the wings not obscuring the face as can happen all too often. The light is gorgeous, I'm guessing golden hour.

Technically there is lots of room for the hawk to visually move into, which is important. Glad you shot with a high ISO and didn't go for wide-open...but I really feel your shutter speed is far too slow. Canon's top shutter speed is 1/8000. For a capture like this, you need start at around 1/1600 and be ready to go up to 1/3200, easy, to capture wingtip blur.

Apart from that minor nitpick, very nice shot and I like that you kept the pp fairly minimal. Good work and keep on entering and shooting!

Feel free to PM me,

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02/08/2012 11:36:37 AM
Congrats on a great finish.
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02/08/2012 04:50:06 AM
Super BiF and WD on 13th. Keep it up! We need more wildlife winners :) 7.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2012 05:10:00 PM
LOVE that pose! So dynamic.
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02/06/2012 09:45:16 PM
better than the simple bird in flight shot
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02/06/2012 09:25:02 PM
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02/02/2012 07:47:59 PM
Deadly embrace!
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02/02/2012 03:04:50 PM
so many bird shots this month but this one is exceptional, love that look of determination
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02/02/2012 07:44:41 AM
Best of this type in this challenge in my opinion.
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02/01/2012 07:55:56 PM
This is an absolutely awesome shot angle with the face, and the wings open toward you... very fortunate! The processing makes it seem like an extremely professional painting... Not that it's a bad effect, but noticeable. Still, an amazing capture. Good luck in the challenge!
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02/01/2012 09:17:56 AM
wonderful capture!
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