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Copyright: Karen Arnold (dareco) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-17
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-20 13:57
Viewed: 2536
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has taken me a long time to get this close. Hope you like it.
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Hi Karen,

Great work with perfect BG and excellent foreground!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Nice shot Karen,

Exposure, contrast and colors are just right.

Lovely composition, nice catch of that beautifull bird, which is sharp focus and well detailed.

Wow! I like it! Awesome capture of this bird! Great use of the dof with wonderful colors. Nicely framed. Well done, tfs.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-07-20 14:37]

Hello Karen
Great photo with a very good sharpness, light and color, a perfect composition, and great contrast with the blurred b/g.
Regards, mb

Hello Karen,

fantastic capture! Perfectly composed with an excellent use of DOF leading into the field. Great contrasts of colour and beautiful lighting. Nice sharpness and details.

- Jan

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2011-07-20 16:29]

Your patience has paid off, Karen.

An excellent shot, and well stalked. The exposure is spot on, and the vibrancy of the yellow plants shines perfectly through the blur of the bokeh of the background.

Excellent detail in the plumage of the bird with great texture in the perch.

It'd be great to see a note telling us a bit more about the location, the species of the bird, why you were there, how you achieved the shot etc.



Hi Karen,
Patience pays . Good shot of this "Swainson's Hawk" A beautifull bird . Sharp and well positioned in the frame .

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-07-20 19:02]

Hi Karen,
Stunning shot!
Yes patience has paid off!
Excellent che clarity on the eye like if you had asked him to turn the head and to smile! :)
Sharp focus ...the blur on background makes like an interesting counterpoint here.


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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-07-20 19:31]

A very well done image with a good balance of your BG with your subject. Strong color and sharpness with a well composed overall image.
Very Well Done

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2011-07-20 20:41]

Hi Karen
It's a lovely image. You captured the eye perfectly.
Very nice POV.

Hi Karen,
Very nice caught of view and details of this ''Hawk",
Excellent sharpness and focus to the bird with a blur field of colsa on background,
nicey composed and presented ,
very well done,

Hi Karen...beautiful image...well balanced composition with nice focus and shallow depth of field bringing out the subject.


Great contrast produced by the dof - great clarity of the bird and lovely diffused yellow. Nice job

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-07-21 0:20]


Fantastique cpatage de cet oiseau, une merveille superbe avec ce fond jaune quelle iamge une merveille super compo la tête est parfaitement tournée et nous ragarde la classe.

Bravo et amitié


Most of the times, patience brings promising results and this one is a love example of that, Karen!

Amazing closeup shot with great details.
The eye of the bird is well focused against a marvelous BG.
The contrasts are superb and clarity is nice.
Well caught!

Best regards,

Hi Karen
perfect close up. good timing. great focus and the right DOF.

boa tarde Karen
It is a spectacular capture...a good focus, good colors...and I always like to see the bright of the eye.
Um abraço

Oh yes... I like it. In fact is beautiful. Congratulations!

Fantastic! What a great capture. The pose of the bird and the way it looks at the camera is incredible. I love the color of the flower field. Fine sharpness and well framed. TFS


Lovely shot of the hawk Karen, nice and sharp against a soft background.
My only criticism, if you had got down lower, you would turned a very good image into a great one.
I know I would be very proud to own this one.

Hellow Karen,
What a great clean image,the bird with its sights on you.Razor sharp image set against the contrasty blurry BG of the rape fields [ I think ].
Well taken.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-07-22 9:26]

Hello Karen :)

This is Karen so beautiful painting, you had this happiness to see.
The beautiful bird in the gentle light on the yellow background looks wonderfully.
Very showy composition and perfect realization...congratulations!

Have and nice the weekend.
Best wishes...Barbara.

Hello Karen,

Capture attractive, with this background BG while yellow gives a nice contrast with the marvelous bird.
Composition successful!.
Excellent detail and presentation. TFS.
Kind regards.
Good Weekend.


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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2011-07-22 14:02]

Absolutely excellent image Karen - all together with composition is just great and I can only send you big congratulations.
Regards - Tom

Hello Karen, WOW! I can't believe how close you are!
A beautiful shot, well thought out with plenty of space for the bird of prey to look into.
The sharp quality on the bird is excellent with a good bokeh.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hi Karen,
Excellent capture here with a great POV and a nice blurred background. The yellow field of flowers really sets the
bird off. Very nicely done. TFS.

Hi Karen,
I like it. I didn't check my big book of birds or anything but I believe it's a Red tail hawk. The image is nice and sharp, good eye contact and catch light in the birds eye. The Canola makes a nice contrasting backdrop as well. Yes there is no sneaking up on these guys, birds of prey know you are coming before a week before you get there. Well done.

you have the eye of a hawk ! :) Janos

Wow , quite a catch Karen , a superb capture and pin sharp , lovely BG all this yellow helps make your subject stand out really well ,one i wish i had taken , congrats my friend ,

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2011-07-24 20:46]

Bonsoir Karen,

Your main subject separates nicely from the BG because of color contrast and because of shallow DOF. Compostion is well balanced using the rule of third horizontally and vertically. Exposure and sharpness are excellent. A splendid image. TFS.


  • loribird Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 920 W: 109 N: 1182] (5561)
  • [2011-07-24 21:14]

WOW! Fantastic shot Karen. I am so sorry I am out of smilies for the day because I wish I had them to give. This is spectacular. Magnificent color, sharp detail and great dof. Looks like he is posing for you. Pefect placement in the frame and and just an amazing shot. TFS, Lori

Hi Karen, This is a teriffic shot with the yellow bg contrasting nicely with the hawk.Such a sharp image. Certainly a keeper. Wonder how long it will take for another catch like this.Fiona

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2011-07-27 8:14]

Hi Karen, this is a dream! What a beautiful capture of this Hawk, you managed all perfecty. Vrry great work.TFS
Regards Rose

This is a fine shot in every way.The colors and light are ideal and the bird is in perfect focus.Best wishes Otto.

Hi Karen,
Beautifully composed shot with great colors and sharpness also. Background is a little noisy, but this problem may easily be solved with using the free demo of Neat Image. Overall a great image. What a pity you didn't bother yourself with writing a decent note.
Best regards, László

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