Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Liftoff at Dusk

Liftoff at Dusk

An October 5, 2015, shot of a Northern Harrier hen taking off from the ground at the Ridgefield NWR.  I got only this one frame of the bird with its wings up and I cut off the wing tips.  Without another frame showing the wing tips to borrow from, I decided to just leave it.  I hoped the pose and the light made up for the wingtip ooops on my part.   🙂

Canon 7D Mark II, 1/1250, f4, ISO 640, 500mm, 6:23 p.m.

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2 Responses to “Liftoff at Dusk”

  1. Tony Enticknap says:

    A fantastic bird in great light – one of those nearly, nearly shots. I’ve had a good look at it and I like it. BUT, if I was you Dennis, I would be very frustrated not to have been able to capture the whole shot. I’ve just had a similar experience with Red Deer. I was armed with my 300mm f/2.8 and 1.4x and 2x TC’s. I thought I would be able to capture some long distance head shots at 6000mm as well as some closer ‘habitat’ shots as I call them at 420mm or 300mm. However, the deer were a lot closer than I anticipated and consequently I had lots of frustrating moments when I was missing action, or clipping off antlers and feet all because I was too close and couldn’t back off. That’s the trouble with wildlife photography unless you’re using a zoom. My wife was using her 80-400mm and captured everything! Wildlife photography is unpredictable and frustrating at times, but that’s why we love it. All the best Dennis, and keep up the good work.

    • Dennis says:

      Thanks, Tony! Actually in this case, the cutting off of the wingtips had nothing to do with the fact that I was using a prime lens. I simply wasn’t well prepared for the bird’s lift off and had the lens pointed too low–completely my error. I had plenty of room had I just been a little more cognizant of the situation. It was the end of the day…I was tired…you know the excuses! 🙂 Missing action because I can’t zoom happens so rarely that I would never go back to a zoom lens unless size and weight became a consideration. Thanks for your comment!

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