One of the common raptors in the Central Valley of California. When this bird is soaring and hunting it is quite obvious how it got it's name. But, when it is just sitting and watching for it's next meal or roosting in a tree it is almost impossible to tell the Red-tail from the other common raptor. the Northern Harrier. For some more info on the Red-tailed Hawk here is a link to one of the best bird ID sites in North America.
Again, like my Kestrel image the bird did not move or fly as I approached in my truck or when the big lens came out the window on the beanbag. I got some good images just a bit too close for the lens I was using but nice anyway. I moved on trying not to loose the light at the pond at the end of the one way tour loop.
Once again an intriguing nature photo - accompanied by an interesting note. The tangle of the twigs adds an attractive feature to the picture. I ike it very much!
Greetings from cold and snowy Germany!
The big lens gives the feeling of closeness. The bird seems to be right there to the point that the image provides the illusion that you just might need to stretch your arm to touch the plumage and yet the twigs give a safe shelter. Nice angle.
You really got some excellent bird shots on your local trip !! The detail is wonderful, which is impressive, since the camera would automatically focus on the branches in front. I see why manual is way to go for birds, even though I don't have a lot of confidence in my ability to focus. Tripods are really the only way to shoot birds. Chris just got me a really right stuff tripod head. That is a great link to the Cornell bird site, I learned a lot even though I already use Cornell Labs. When do you go to New Mexico? Thank you for all that you have taught me. HLJ, Pat
plimrn (2018/12/20 19:15:21): Sorry I missed the like button earlier. No, it's the RSS 40 with an L platejwmunro (2018/12/16 23:43:49): Hi Pat and dial in my shutter
I leave on Dec 27th and arrive sometime during midday Dec 28th in Socorro and my hotel reservation is through Jan 4, 2019.
I too have trouble with spot on focus so my focus is always auto and I have my focus on the back button and separate from the shutter release. This allows me to focus and the change camera position for composition and maintain focus. The manual that I always recommend is for exposure. I select my aperture and then zero out the exposure with the shutter speed. Now if you cannot attain what you want then you have to dial in ISO to get a shutter speed and exposure within sensor limits, i.e. no blinkies, no motion blur, and no shakes. The newer cameras have much better noise attenuation than the older ones so ISO 800, even 1000-1200, is very good. In ACR us must always check for noise above ISO 800. If my image is sharp I can use noise reduction in ACR to remove most of it if not all. I go no more than 50 on the noise slider and then clear the rest in DxO NIK dFine. (Actually I like dFine much better than ACR.)
Do you have the RRS BH55 head? That is one nice head and both Jo and I have them on our tripods.
Thanks for the visit and comment. This is a situation where you need to be very precise with your focus otherwise the twigs will steal focus and you would have a ruined shot. Separating the focus from the shutter release is the only way to make this work.