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PRE-DAWN Red Tailed Hawk

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Dec 25, 2005.

  1. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    This stunning bird and I have a relationship. Typically, I see him and he flies away :) 

    This morning, before the sun ever crested the horizon, I finally got shots of him in so little light that the camera wouldn't focus with the TC and the 500.

    These were shot at 700 MM, ISO 500, a 5 second self timer and the .4 second delay mode enabled.

    This is an older and truly majestic specimen:

    original.
    NIKON D2X    ---    700mm    f/9.0    1/15s    ISO 500


    original.
    NIKON D2X    ---    700mm    f/8.0    1/13s    ISO 500


    original.
    NIKON D2X    ---    700mm    f/8.0    1/6s    ISO 500
     
  2. Really nice shots Jim. Interesting pinkish red background. Was it overcast and is that where the glow comes from.
     
  3. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hi Gordon....

    It was a very high overcast and fog behind the bird. The pink color comes from the glow of the sun out over the ocean as it lit the clouds before it had even come up.
     
  4. Beatiful shots, Jim. Very nice lighting at that time of morning. I think I know all about that relationship :) 
     
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