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  1. #611
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    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    This is amazing to capture it without disturbing it.
    Equally amazing is how these beauties live among the humans and, at least for now, they are not bothered or encroached upon.

    We were able to photograph them from the car window(s), never really showing them anything more than the vehicle.


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    These are great - and surprising considering your shutter speed was only 1/500" for birds in motion.
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  4. #614
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    Thanks Cindy! They were pretty far away, that's why the low shutter speed worked. I have been wanting to ask, how do so many of you get close enough to capture the superb hawk shots I see on here? Many times I've stopped the car 1/4 mile away from perched hawks only to have them take off.

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    Thanks Cindy! They were pretty far away, that's why the low shutter speed worked. I have been wanting to ask, how do so many of you get close enough to capture the superb hawk shots I see on here? Many times I've stopped the car 1/4 mile away from perched hawks only to have them take off.
    This hawk I've photographed several times doesn't appear to be afraid of me.

    In the first image, the hawk was initially perched on a wire a little further away but spotted something 20-25 feet away from me. It flew down there so I took its pic from where I was standing. I was too close to fit it in the frame, and since this is a 300mm prime with a 1.4x teleconverter, I couldn't zoom to show more.


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    This second image was cropped only slightly to center the hawk better. All the rest of the images are with a 300mm prime and 1.7x teleconverter (so equivalent to 500mm focal length).

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    The third image is a screen shot of the NEF showing the original composition of the above image. I didn't have to crop much at all.

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    And the fourth image wasn't cropped at all. I had a row of bushes directly behind me with a fence behind the bushes so no way to move backwards. The hawk already had its prey and stayed put while eating.

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    When it finished, it hopped to a different branch but didn't fly away. I moved and took the following pic which is cropped from a horizontal to a vertical.

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    So in my case with this particular hawk, it's just luck. @wev might be able to shed light on how he gets so close to his birds. He has amazing images that are sharp and exquisite.

    During the summer I photographed a Green Heron. Even that bird wasn't afraid, but for those images, since the teleconverter was only 1.4x (compared to 1.7x for most of these hawk photos), I did crop some of them.

    Over the weekend I spotted another Blue Heron. Just as I was parking the car, it flew off. And here I thought I had parked far enough away. So just luck for me. Not sure about anyone else. Quite frankly I'm surprised I was able to stand close enough to fill the frame with these.
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  6. #616
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    It looks like the 1.7 is working quite well for you!

  7. #617
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    It looks like the 1.7 is working quite well for you!
    Thanks, Andy. I wound up getting 2 to compare. The first pre-owned TC was used in the hawk image above with the purple sky. I'm not sure why there was such a color shift, but every photo taken from that angle has purple sky. Plus it seems to front focus quite a bit.

    So I also ordered a refurbished one for comparison (yay, blue sky), but first I need to perform the AF tuning to before determining which one will work best for me. According to reviews, the 1.7x TC hasn't performed as well as the 1.4x. But I am surprised I'm getting these results which are definitely better than I anticipated.

    Since I'm not able to hand hold a super zoom (tendonitis in my right hand), I thought I'd have to settle for the focal length that my 300mm f/4 and 1.4x TC provided - and that is 420mm f/5.6. This 1.7x provides a focal length of 500mm f/6.7 (such an unusual aperture) but the aperture is larger than I anticipated. And that is great!
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    Hmmm, what's for supper?

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    Fresh mouse!

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    New buddy @ lunch today. From the look of his crop, he just ate too.





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  10. #620
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    I ran into my buddy - the grocery store RT Hawk, again last week. Sitting on his favorite light pole.



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