Bruce Michelotti  

Red-Shouldered Hawk by Bruce Michelotti

November 2020 - Red-Shouldered Hawk

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I saw this hawk while in Florida last year. I was really searching for shore birds to photograph and not having much luck. As I was thinking where to go next I looked up and found this guy posing nicely or maybe he was just looking for a meal. He was about 10 feet above me and very close. I took a bunch of shots and was happy the sky gave me a nice clean background. Camera Canon 7DII, 100-400 lens at 400mm, 1/2000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 250.

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9 comments posted

Linda M Medine   Linda M Medine
Very nice image. I used content-aware to give the bird a little room. Love the catch light in the birds eye. Very sharp image. Only thing that could give this image more impact is for the bird to have a fish in his mouth.   Posted: 11/02/2020 21:09:19
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Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comments Linda. I too wish he had a fish or something good to eat. That would have created more drama for the shot.   Posted: 11/04/2020 14:06:38

Mark McKinney   Mark McKinney
This is a wonderful capture. We don't always get to photograph what we set out to! Always a good idea to look up and behind you! I might crop take just a tiny bit off the bottom. My eye goes to the hawk's eye immediately! I don't care for Linda's changes. It makes the whole thing look "artificial".   Posted: 11/05/2020 17:25:29
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Mark. You are right, we photographers sometimes have to take what we get. It all depends on how we handle it! Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes not so much.   Posted: 11/06/2020 09:16:26

Harley Rubens   Harley Rubens
Great capture. Your crop looks good. Something about Linda's crop looks off balanced. In your crop the hawk looks like it has a broader perspective on all it surveys.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:20:53
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks Harley. I do think my tighter crop makes the bird stand out a bit more.   Posted: 11/12/2020 13:07:20

Alex Cohen   Alex Cohen
I love hawks and capture them quite often here in Northeast Ohio. I really like that this shot captures the entire hawk, with no foreground distractions (something I run into a lot). I would maybe "Iris Enhance" the eye a touch just to make it stand out even more, adding a bit of brightness to it.   Posted: 11/13/2020 08:05:26

Lane B Lewis   Lane B Lewis
The eye could use a touch of lightening. The shape of the limb makes it a bit more interesting rather than just a bird on a stick picture. It is a nice portrait of a hawk.   Posted: 11/14/2020 13:54:55
Bruce Michelotti   Bruce Michelotti
Thanks for your comment Lane. Agree about the eye.   Posted: 11/14/2020 18:57:27