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Red-tailed Hawk
Lens: F600 4 Camera: K3III Photo Location: Ottawa ISO: 1000 Shutter Speed: 1/640s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: swip, 12-09-2023, 07:43 PM

This red-tailed hawk sat on my neighbor's tree (facing my backyard) for about 1/2 hrs. I took a lot of photos but not too many turned out. This showed I am still struggling with this long lens which I don't quite understand since I do have good successes from time to time. Keeping trying I guess. Here are three that I am considering acceptable.






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That is a very longs lens. I like the pics though
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Terrific shots of the Red-tailed Hawk. I really like that last pose, though all are beautiful shots with great detail and colors.
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12-11-2023, 11:59 AM   #4
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That is a very longs lens. I like the pics though
Thank you, betchem

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Terrific shots of the Red-tailed Hawk. I really like that last pose, though all are beautiful shots with great detail and colors.
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Thank you, Mike

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I like the last one the best, because having a non-white background makes for a much softer overall image (i.e. less harsh contrast between subject and background). I can imagine this lens is a challenge. I struggle at 200mm at times.
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I like the last one the best, because having a non-white background makes for a much softer overall image (i.e. less harsh contrast between subject and background). I can imagine this lens is a challenge. I struggle at 200mm at times.
Thank you, MSL. I agree that the last image is definitely less harsh to the eyes.
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The lighting was tough, but all three came out quite good with the hawk nice and sharp. I imagine it is very difficult to keep that large of a lens from shaking, and I wonder if you could have bumped up the shutter speed to 1/2000 or so and had more keepers.

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I too like the last one really well.
Good color of background, but especially the activity of the bird really makes it.
Keep on struggling with the lens; eventually you learn the technique.
I have the same problem learning to use my 400mm with the 1.4x extender = 600mm. Almost requires me to buy more "junk"--like a gimbal?
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The lighting was tough, but all three came out quite good with the hawk nice and sharp. I imagine it is very difficult to keep that large of a lens from shaking, and I wonder if you could have bumped up the shutter speed to 1/2000 or so and had more keepers.
I tried a number of things including increasing the shutter speed and the apertures. Both doesn't seem to work. But like I said, on another occasion, it seemed to work just fine. Very puzzling.

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I too like the last one really well.
Good color of background, but especially the activity of the bird really makes it.
Keep on struggling with the lens; eventually you learn the technique.
I have the same problem learning to use my 400mm with the 1.4x extender = 600mm. Almost requires me to buy more "junk"--like a gimbal?
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Thank you, Angky. I have invested in tripods, ball head, and gimbals to chase the perfectly sharp pictures. When shooting with a 500mm handheld, everything is fine. Goes to the 600mm, it is definitely a different ball game.
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