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meshersmith July 01, 2013
Great portrait, awesome details eyes focus..........
VTPhotographer2018 July 01, 2013
The nobility of this bird is breathtaking!!! Keep up the great work!
Krishna_Kumar August 01, 2013
Great shot! Beautifully composed, love the detail. Congrats on being featured!
jleiweke August 01, 2013
PhotoAlaska August 01, 2013
AlanJakarta August 01, 2013
Terrific closeup portrait. Congratulations on being featured.
akhtarkhan August 01, 2013
Brilliant close u, nice detail, beautiful Red Tail Hawk, wonderful D O capture. Congrats on the feature.
simorgh August 01, 2013
very good shot
symesie04 August 01, 2013
And the eyes have it
drakkardarkblade August 01, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
DigitalDawn August 01, 2013
Beautiful portrait of this lovely bird, congrats on a well deserved feature.
catini August 01, 2013
Great DOF and composition, great portrait. Congrats on your feature!
VHiggins August 01, 2013
hotpixel August 01, 2013
Congrats on your feature !!! Terrific image (:
shweta August 01, 2013
great shot.....congratulation
tetvet August 01, 2013
congrats,nice detail
Coomanator August 01, 2013
What an amazing capture. Focus is dead on and the DOF is perfect to bring the focus in to that magnificent eye. Congratulations on the "Feature". Added to my favorites.
cilla8 August 01, 2013
Awesome!! Congrats on feature
SusiStroud August 01, 2013
Awesome bird portrait! Congrats on your Feature!
iceman2 August 01, 2013
Excellent focus.Congrats!
AliAlzuhair August 01, 2013
Great capture!
valzart August 01, 2013
w0w! great shot - a 5 ***** fave :-D
arkhunter August 01, 2013
Thank you all for the kind words!
JDJohnson August 01, 2013
awesome photo.. Great clarity. very nice
djensen August 01, 2013
Awesome work, with gorgeous colors and great detail! Congrats on the feature!
jerzgrl51 August 01, 2013
BrianBasson August 01, 2013
Congratulations on your feature! This is a stunning shot with excellent eye focus (catchlight). Well done. Brian :-)
kchased August 01, 2013
very nice. congrats on your feature!
MarcoPoveda August 01, 2013
Una fotografía muy linda, muy bien lograda
MarcoPoveda August 01, 2013
Una fotografía muy linda, muy bien lograda
WolfEyesPhotography August 01, 2013
Fantastic detail! Congrats!
HaliSowle August 01, 2013
Super portrait of a gorgeous bird. Congratulations on being featured.
anirbanbiswas August 01, 2013
Superb shot. Its eye is amazing.
redwriter August 02, 2013
Great image. Congrats. - Jake
PhilipCarnevale August 03, 2013
Captivating photograph! Great work
ManCorMac August 04, 2013
Well done, congrats.
photosue50 August 05, 2013
KTalluto-KamaliStudios August 06, 2013
I adore red tailed hawks and this is a brilliant, beautiful image that depicts their power and energy!
JDLifeshots August 18, 2013
Awesome capture! Congrats.
mmeylema August 25, 2013
check out my shot of this hawk!
DEBBIEDUCHEK August 30, 2013
Amazing photo, great work!! Awarded
annducharme September 30, 2013
very good
StefCarle November 19, 2013
Ladybroken73 October 10, 2014
fantastic shot!

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Behind The Lens

Bays Mountain Park, Kingsport, TN
About 2pm. Not a great time generally, but it was winter and overcast.
Natural lighting, probably overcast and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground, so that helped lighting a bit.
Canon 40D with a 70-200 f/4 IS L lens. It was handheld at 1/160s, f/4 and ISO 100.
They were moving her from the raptor building "on glove" back to her pen. They weigh and check them out to make sure they are healthy, clean their cages, and educate the public about the birds while walking them to and from that building. (they are all non-releasable as they have been injured in one way or another) So I came across them talking about 'Lily', so I took the chance to get some good portraits. This shot is now used on a sign there at the raptor area in the park!
Just basic tweaks in Lightroom. Nothing special.
In my camera bag
Canon 7D, 24-105 f/4, the 70-200 and maybe the 10-22 EF-S if I'm prepared for landscape. More likely nowadays, I'll have the Olympus OM-D EM-5, with the Olympus 12-40 f2.8, the 40-150 and 100-300 and maybe swap one out for the Oly 60mm f/2.8 Macro.
Use a long "portrait" lens of some sort. Hope you have access to someplace awesome like Bays Mountain Park. Keep enough depth of field to get more than just a sliver of focus.

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