A young Red-tailed Hawk sat himself over some doves & pigeons waiting for an opportunity, however he was not successful in capturing a meal.
First 2 shots full frame, some cloning done to remove distracting twigs, also a bit of Gaussian blur was added to background. 3rd shot is a square crop from a portrait mode shot. All shots with my usual set up, D300 + Nikkor 600mm VR + 1.4TC
ISO400, f/7.1, 1/1000sec, spot
ISO400, f/7.1, 1/500sec, spot
ISO400, f/7.2, 1/320sec, spot
A favourite bird of mine to photograph, the House Finch. A fairly common bird, not too spectacular in appearance, but I love their feathering and how the camera and lens capture the details in their feathers. Both of these are virtually out of camera with little post processing other than downsizing & sharpening for posting.
Male House Finch, this particular male had very intense red plumage compared to the others: ISO400, f/7.1, 1/250sec, spot
And the female House Finch: ISO400, f/7.1, 1/500sec, spot
Hi Jim and thanks. The hawk was quite approachable. The square crop close-up was actually from a shot that only had 2/3's of the bird in the image. I could walk right under him where he was perched in the tree. 2 others were flying around in the area as well.
Thanks very much Jim, I do this because I enjoy it immensely and glad you did too. As I've mentioned on previous occasions, I've been inspired by many here and driven to improve my techniques and presentation and hope to be challenged for many more years.
Thank you Aart, the gear (and especially the acquisition of the 600mm VR lens) has helped significantly, it is an absolutely amazing piece of engineering. However, learning how to tweak the finest quality images from the equipment you own takes some experimentation in post processing. We've all seen some amazing images taken with all makes of lenses and focal lengths costing in the $1200 (+ or - $200) range, and I've been particularly impressed with the Nikkor 300mm f/4 (even with the 1.7TC) and the 150 to 500 Sigma zoom lens images posted here.
I'd second Aart's comments. These are all great, but I particularly like #3. The detail is terrific.
I've rented a 600 mm and it's supposed to arrive Thursday. I've never used one, and I'm really looking forward to trying it out. The sage grouse should be starting to strut, and then we are going into Yellowstone for a couple of days. (With my luck it'll probably do nothing but snow and blow while I have the lens.)
Hi Richard, Asalways, another beautifiul set. I gotta say though, I too am partial to th subtlety of the house finch and of the set, the one of thefemale is my favourite. once again, thanks for sharing. Take care, CK Nikonian in Ontario, Canada