Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

Deb & I visited Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Ontario late Sunday afternoon and found this adult Red Tailed Hawk.  We watched this large raptor for about twenty minutes and as he’d just captured a meal he let us get quite close.  Although we took a lot of shots, these two show completely different looks of the same bird, because of the poses and the lighting.  The first is taken in ‘open shade’ meaning bright enough to take a shot however no direct sunlight.  Open shade allows for the feather detail to be well illustrated and also allows for subtle colour hues to be seen.  The second is taken in direct sunlight, which in this case is OK as it was just before sunset so there are no harsh shadows and the evening light has a ‘warmth’ or reddish cast which is generally appealing. The sunlight also adds a nice catch light in the eyes.  When shooting in direct sunlight it is always best to work in the first two hours after sunrise and then again in the last two hours before sunset.

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