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jleiweke September 20, 2013
Congrats!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thanks
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AlanJakarta September 20, 2013
Wonderful closeup portrait. Congratulations.
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thank you Alan
 
catini September 20, 2013
Fierce! Congrats on your feature!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Many thanks
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Manjucus September 20, 2013
And looking slightly annoyed. Gorgeous shot!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Yes he does doesn't he? Many thanks
 
drakkardarkblade September 20, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works.
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thanks
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cilla8 September 20, 2013
Terrific capture, congrats on feature!!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thank you
 
andrew2 September 20, 2013
Awesome Image..congratz
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Many thanks
 
iceman2 September 20, 2013
Congrats!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thank you
 
cevert September 20, 2013
Excellent shot! Congratulations on our feature :D
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thanks Cynthia
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GBloniarz September 20, 2013
Extraordinary! Congrats!
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Thank you Jerry
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tetvet September 20, 2013
WOW...congrats
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Many thanks Bill
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kasper September 20, 2013
Congratulation. Terrific shot.
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garrychisholm September 20, 2013
Very many thanks
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SusiStroud September 20, 2013
Great shot! Congratulations on being Featured!
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redwriter September 20, 2013
Great capture. Congrats. - Jake
 
photosue50 September 20, 2013
Beautiful
 
rahunish September 21, 2013
fabulous
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garrychisholm September 21, 2013
Thank you Rahamath
 
Willyt0001 September 21, 2013
Super shot! Congrats!
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garrychisholm September 21, 2013
Thanks William
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Woombaway September 21, 2013
Congrats on feature beautifully captured
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rmr731 September 22, 2013
Amazing closeup! Congrats!
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garrychisholm September 22, 2013
Thank you Ronda
 
Alex_Illmer September 23, 2013
Magnificent
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garrychisholm September 23, 2013
Thanks Alex
 
Wayne_Sr September 23, 2013
Awesome Shot, Congratulations on your Feature..:~)
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garrychisholm September 23, 2013
Cheers Wayne
 
SherranAndersen October 02, 2013
Great eye contact.
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garrychisholm October 03, 2013
Thanks
 
Ujjwal October 17, 2013
Lovely portrait.Congratulation.
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garrychisholm October 18, 2013
Many thanks
 
StefCarle November 19, 2013
Nice shot!!
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garrychisholm January 04, 2014
Thanks Stephane
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Beautiful-Breeze January 03, 2014
Absolutely Stunning!!!!!
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garrychisholm January 04, 2014
Thanks Paula
 
betty1 December 05, 2014
very nice. Keep up the good work!
 
JoseV December 05, 2014
Perfectly even shot.
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garrychisholm March 11, 2015
Thank you
 
CherylG February 17, 2015
This is stunning!! Congrats!!
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garrychisholm March 11, 2015
Thank you
 
stan_matsui March 05, 2015
Funny how we "read" human expression in animals and sometimes inanimate objects. I can almost hear the bird making a wry comment out the "side of the mouth"!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The Raptor Foundation in Cambridgeshire, UK
Time
From memory it would have been around the middle of the day
Lighting
From memory it was an overcast day but with sufficient light to take effective shots without making too many adjustments to the camera settings
Equipment
My old faithful Olympus e-420 which has seen much better days (it is held together with tape) but I am so comfortable with it that I cannot bring myself to change it; 70-300mm lens; F8; ISO400; focal length 202mm; 1/320 sec
Inspiration
This very regal looking Ferruginous Hawk was showing some great attitude on the day. I took a number of shots but this was the first one where the hawk looked straight down the lens at me. The intensity of the stare was exactly what I had been hoping to capture as, for me this showed the true character of this stunning looking bird.
Editing
I didn't apply any post-processing as it was not necessary to do so. For me the original capture encompassed everything I had been looking to achieve with this subject.
In my camera bag
Aside from my 70-300mm lens which seldom leaves the main camera body, I also have a 35mm macro lens and a 40-150mm lens. I always carry a couple of spare fully charged batteries and also some spare compact flash memory cards. I also carry a couple of raincovers for the camera in case of inclement weather.
Feedback
Given pretty much all of my wildlife pictures are taken of animals in captivity, the first thing I tend to check is the background behind the subject. I try to make my pictures as authentic as possible and there is nothing worse than getting wire meshing or enclosure supporting posts in the picture. With captive wildlife I find it very important to ensure the animal is at ease with my presence. The more I blend into the background the more the animal is likely to behave normally. Most of all, it is essential to have lots of patience when photographing wildlife. You may be lucky and get the shot you're looking for but all too often, the right shot doesn't come along for quite some time but when it does the result is well worth waiting for.

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