Two Hawks


I apologize for the quality of this image but it was taken at 300 mm, hand held and cropped. How’s that for excuses? I just pulled off to the side of the road and shot from the car window, across traffic. It’s not very often I see two hawks sharing the same tree or branch, so I had to stop. They alway seem to be a solitary creature. The other reason for posting this image is to demonstrate the affect a telephoto lens has on distant objects, bringing them closer. The mountains in the distance are several miles away. Below is the same group of trees taken from the approximate same location and at 24 mm. Just a bit of difference.

Colorado Front Range

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  1. Tom Dills February 29, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    It’s unusual to see even one hawk out in the open like that. I’m amazed you even spotted them, especially after seeing the wide-angle view!

    No excuses necessary, nice job!
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    • Monte Stevens February 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      I noticed them because they were silhouetted against a snow covered field. And, I always look for them, especially in this lower area with trees.

  2. Paul March 2, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Yeah! Quite a difference. I used to hate wide angle lenses until I learned how to use them. You gotta get up close an personal and use that distortion to your advantage or else everything just looks tiny 🙂

    Good thing that you spotted them (while driving?). Hawkeye Stevens!
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    • Monte Stevens March 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

      Thanks, Paul. I seem to see them all the time. They love to sit on telephone poles out our way as trees aer not as plentiful as they are in Norht Carolina.

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