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The Hawk

The Hawk
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Copyright: Reid Stone (go2stones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 161 W: 0 N: 389] (1279)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-11 4:05
Viewed: 3538
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unexpectedly, the hawk was sitting basking in the sun on a lower limb. It was almost like a spotlight. The warmth must have felt good in the late afternoon. It stayed a long time and I tried not to disturb it.

I'll have to see if it makes a practice of this. I've been trying for a long time to get a chance for a photo. Wouldn't mind more chances.

I used Gaussion blur on everything except the hawk. And I left the foot a little bright.

Hope you enjoy!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-11 4:07]

Superb attitude!
I love the colours and composition, but it is definitely the pose tht attracts me

Hello Reid,
A pose not easy to shot, the focus is a few soft but it's a nice image
Well done

Hi Reid
I dont like this shot and will tell you why. Composition and light is interesting. Sharpness is very poor. I aloso think that you did the buckground bluring (but you blur also the tree trunk and some parts of the bird and it doesnt look nice.
Best wishes

I concur with Silke. The pose is quite attractive Reid. There is an unusual and unique quality to the color. It looks "official"...there is no word I can think of...but as in a documentation which has official quality colors..such as rag paper which Treasury Dept used to use. Very interesting.

hello Reid

excellent photo for a photo not easy to shot,
i like the framing of the image, the angle you took the photo
but it is a little bit overexposed on the highlights

to blur the backround i don't use the gaussian blur,
i instead use the lens blur who is on Photoshop CS2



Hi Mr. Reid,
A lovely capture of this hawk. It looks like it just finished the spider. :D just joking. Nice composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Reid,
A nice surprise. Great POV and composition. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

Hi Reid.
Nice pose of the hawk looking down, slightly soft in the focus but still good detail. The late sun looks a lovely golden colour giving your image a difference, well seen.


What a splendid opportunity you captured!
Lovely composition and pose.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-12 5:49]

Reid, I can see the sun rays or sun beam reflecting on the bird is superb. I also like the posture of the bird. It gives a feeling that it is thinking. Lovely note. Thanks for sharing Ganesh

Hi Reid,
Well composed frame as the bird looks down into the right corner..Good details, BG, and DOF. Difficult exposure.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-15 5:13]

Hi Reid,
Great shot of the Hawk basking in the sun and giving you a fabulous pose. The sunlight makes its plumage shine and the natural environment as BG works well here. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-20 11:54]

what a wonderful sight. The light here is just beautiful and it is an attractive composition



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