This Red-tail caught me totally flatfooted when it launched itself. Usually they squat before taking off but this guy shot straight up and then took to flight. The second shot is focused on his claws, which is where his head was a second earlier and thus his head is a little soft(but the talons are nice and sharp).
D300,300F4,1.7tc,ISO 400,hand held,F/8@1/1000
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#3. "RE: The Lift Off" | In response to Reply # 1Mon 14-Jan-13 01:22 AM
Thanks Derek. Center-weighted off of bird,added + .3 EV in NX2,denoise and detail in Topaz,back to NX2 for "levels and curves",and + on the slider in "contrast and brightness" and sharpening.
#2. "RE: The Lift Off" | In response to Reply # 0
Great series Rick! It may have caught you by surprise, but you still got the shot!
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