CliveEaton
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Red Kite



A red kite. Can you out stare him?

A red kite. Can you out stare him?
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14 Comments | Report
ShellyRwanda PRO+
 
ShellyRwanda January 17, 2016
This is a fantastic and stunning photo. Where was it taken? Is it in captivity or wild. Either way stunning. What lens?
Natgirl73
 
Natgirl73 January 18, 2016
Beautiful picture
nandicmb
 
nandicmb January 18, 2016
Congratulations on your People's Choice category win in Animal Portrait Photo Challenge!
joycealicesmith
 
joycealicesmith January 18, 2016
Such an awesome intense stare! Congratulations on winning People's Choice!
avinashsrivastav PRO
 
avinashsrivastav January 18, 2016
Amazing picture. Congratulations for People's Choice Award in Animal Portrait Photo Challenge
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz January 23, 2016
Sharp, captivating image! Congratulations on your People's Choice Award.:)
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 27, 2016
Wow....amazing capture!!!....and congrats on your well deserved People's Choice Award!!! : )
mbrown
 
mbrown October 03, 2016
Awesome
BYJUTHARAYIL
 
BYJUTHARAYIL October 03, 2016
what a sharp eyes! great capture.
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson November 12, 2016
Fabulous capture. Stunning.
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz March 14, 2017
Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe July 30, 2017
Outstanding!
CapturedMomentsSF
 
CapturedMomentsSF January 19, 2018
Brilliant
jodiehennigar PRO+
 
jodiehennigar July 25, 2019
I am in love with this. The capture of this image is unreal!

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Behind The Lens

Location
It was taken on an organised private photo-shoot at a sanctuary. The red kite was perched on a post.
Time
It was early autumn, in the middle of the afternoon, and the light was almost perfect. Not too dull, and certainly not too bright. The kite's head was moving back and forth all the time, and I just want an image of it staring directly in my direction. It really had a 'what do you think you are looking at' expression in its eyes.
Lighting
The diffused sunlight was coming from the right, which help to pick out the detail in its feathers.
Equipment
Canon EOS 7D, with a 100-400mm lens, set at 400mm. Hand held shot
Inspiration
I wanted some 'up close' photos of raptors, and this private photo-shoot gave me that opportunity.
Editing
Post processing was done in camera RAW with small tweaks to clarity and sharpening.
In my camera bag
I have a wide-range of lenses, running from a 10-18mm up to the 100-400mm I used to take this image. When photographing wildlife (and my other passion - motor sport) I always have the 100-400mm lens with me, but I never go anywhere without my 18-200mm lens. It is the most versatile I have. My bag also has spare memory cards, batteries and a varirty of different filters.
Feedback
Even when photographing animals and birds in captivity you still need patience. Set the camera to high speed continuous shooting to improve the chances of getting the perfect shot. Also, used cards which have a fast 'writing' capability, such as 90MB/s, and always shoot in RAW. Finally, consider where the light is coming from - it may sound obvious, but can often be overlooked in the excitement.

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