Mark Diaz  

Julia Butler Hanson Red Tailed Hawk by Mark Diaz

July 2021 - Julia Butler Hanson Red Tailed Hawk

About the Image(s)

After observing this hawk take a pintail drake, I was finally able to get an unobstructed shot after he had his fill and abandoned the kill. This image was taken along the Columbia river in SW Washington State.
Handheld Canon EOS 7D with a Canon EF 100-400
Exposure: 1/800 sec at f/5.6
ISO: 200
Focal Length 400mm

6 comments posted

Donald Dunn   Donald Dunn
Awesome. Might try moving hawk to the left (rule of thirds).   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:45:31

Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Mark, Very sharp image of the red tailed hawk. The tree trunk on which the hawk is perching with the moss in sharp focus really adds to the photograph.   Posted: 07/08/2021 15:10:34

Christine Walas   Christine Walas
Mark, This is a beautiful photograph of the
red tailed hawk!
Nicely done!!   Posted: 07/08/2021 16:38:13

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
What an impressive hawk and you have brought him to life. The expression is wonderful and the concentration unbelievable (as only hawks can concentrate like that). Great capture and beautiful detail on the bird. I might consider changing the sky if you use Photoshop. You certainly can't go to a bright blue sky but might be able to add a little more mood in the background with either sky replacement or just playing with the highlights in LR.

Nice catch for sure!   Posted: 07/11/2021 14:02:12

Peter Dominowski   Peter Dominowski
So much to love about this shot...really nicely exposed, beautiful texture on the bird and the moss.

Not sure about the situation and what you had to work with, but if it were possible to move a little to the right, you may have been able to get the shot without the tree trunk in the background.

Otherwise, a really enjoyable photo.   Posted: 07/18/2021 15:05:12

Judy Haran   Judy Haran
i agree with the others. this is a beautiful bird. It is hard to know what you were able to do in terms of moving about. Sometimes we have to work with what we have. I agree with a bit of sky replacement or working with the blue tones to make the sky less of a glare. Or just crop it in tighter.   Posted: 07/28/2021 15:42:40


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