Having squab for dinner
by: © Leonard Aschenbrand
A great study of the bird of prey family. You captured it's beauty and nature perfectly, Leonard - I hope you managed to get several images as she fed!
I love birds of prey and this is a wonderful image that shows their beauty and nature all in one.
The composition is really nice - perhaps a slight adjustment down and to the left would be help slightly.
By including the lower part of the branch and cropping from the RHS, the rule of 3rds would be stronger.
I would have touched out the small branch on the RHS and in the front of the branch also - a little distracting.
Use of camera,
Great exposure Leonard! Some lovely detail in the highlights in the feathers behind his legs.
Well chosen DOF - the hawk stands out beautifully from the background.
The diffused lighting works well with this subject. If the sun had been stronger, and the conditions able to be more controlled, slight side lighting would have helped to bring out th etexture of the feathers and tree bark better.
As it stands, under the offered conditions, the lighting works well.
Great focus - tree branch, prey and hawk are all nicely focussed.
Basically it was the brutality but beauty of nature in action. This red tail hawk was being photographed by 6 different photogs while enjoying a fresh kill.
Lens: Super-Telephoto: > 2
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
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How to improve your photo
With subjects like this, often time is of the essence. Try to compose and shoot as many angles as you can to ensure you capture the one that really does the subject justice.
Once you have the ideal composition, make slight changes to adjust for those things you think may improve the image even further.
Try to shoot as many different viewpoints as possible - wide, close, macro - makes for interesting studies and combining them for a triptych would be great.
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