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The victims perspective by Photosbykev The victims perspective by Photosbykev
a shot of a Harris Hawk coming into the glove. Taken with a 20D and Canon 10-22mm lens @ 10mm setting. Flash was used in hi-sync mode so a shutter speed of 1/4000sec could be used with the flash giving some detail in the wing.
The talons were approximately 12" from the lens when the shutter was fired
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DemonLog Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist
I think my favourite part of this photograph is the unusual angle of the hawk's face - and the fact that the eye ridges seem to pop out.  I love the alula feathers here, too.
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Pink-N-Pretty Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Fantastic...
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kadoffelfini Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture! Its eyes are scary! 0o
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RoxMad Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Incredible! The position of the bird almost alludes to the Bible, especially with the illumination of it combined with the dark sky in the background. Definite :+fav:
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mroofka-Z Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
i was born to do a shot like this one.
unfortunately u did it first, so now i can requescat im pace.
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walter-zy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
A master piece......
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70hn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy Moly! Instant :+fav:! Incredible shot! Very surreal.. Love the warm brown colos of the bird against the gray background...! Amazing Shot!! :clap:
Did you ever try to submit a picture to 'Your Shot' at National Geographic ([link]). This one would shoot high aces, I think! :heart: I would give it a go! (You could be featured in the magazine and/or on their website...!!)
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Dimpled Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
simply amazing shot :wow:
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pickupjojo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Wooow, very great shot, it's amazing!
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lottewp Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
Love the perspective and the colors. Amazing!
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GuitARRET Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
lol
Woah.. that's freaky
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donaldsart Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Wow, what an incredible capture
The highlights created from the flash work well against a darker background.
Nicely framed
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SteOS Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Stunning! :wow: Incredible shoot! :clap: :+fav:
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mangaman8 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
Really nice image, great capture...
Was just wondering if you could tell me how hi-sync mode works? were you using a 580ex flash?
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It was with the 580Ex gun. I believe it works by rapidly pulsing the flash whilst the shutter curtain is travelling across the sensor. It doesn't output the maximum flash power but it is very useful
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bryan-cuttance Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
hot-diggity.
10mm goodness!
well done:)
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ShutterMuse Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007   Photographer
It almost looks like he hit a windshield. Glad that isn't the case. :)
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kidscruff Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
a stunning example of how to push photographic techniques to their limits in order to achieve an image the human eye could never capture. (or, at least, give the brain enough time to study such an image!)

i also find it an amazing example of the way a bird of prey's eyes work. it's head is pointed straight up yet it can still see directly in front of it. i guess it makes sense, thinking about it, if it's flying above it's prey, to maintain it's aerodynamic shape by holding it's head in the same position, whilst being able to look directly beneath it.

thanks for sharing this, a truly excellent photograph!
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simonlesleyphotograp Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007   Photographer
absolutely amazing capture
scary
but amazing :P
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning image! i can understand what others are saying about flash being used, but it was obviously needed to get the shot, and what a shot it is.

I tried twice to get a similar image like this, the first time the Harris landed on my Head, the Second time he landed on the camera, a talon less than a centimetre away from your eye is pretty damn scary!
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Y4why Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
oh!my god!
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I can understand trusting to the bird's instincts and accuracy - they've most often got better reflexes than we do and as long as you're standing still, they'll do all the work. Still, that's a neat idea you had and I really like the way it was executed. Very interesting photo!!
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LissaMonster Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I can understand trusting to the bird's instincts and accuracy - they've most often got better reflexes than we do and as long as you're standing still, they'll do all the work. Still, that's a neat idea you had and I really like the way it was executed. Very interesting photo!!
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UnUnPentium115 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
Even though the light is really bad (I think you had no other chance) the perspective makes it up and for this most interesting perspective you get a :+fav: which is very rare.
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Wodewose Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006
Astonishing picture, Kev - extremely revealing, and not at all comfortable! I concur with others who've said they've never seen anything quite like this - and I look at a lot of photos of birds :clap:
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Raventhird Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2006  Professional Photographer
Goddamn... this is absolutely gorgeous nature photography. Wow.
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Gaina Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
Wow. You should enter that in a competition!
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q-118 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
Another beautiful and original capture mate. Well done on this one.

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LindseyTaylor Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow his face looks kind of creepy well its his eyes that look creepy .. but wow what an awesome shot if all my life thus far I've looked at A LOT of pictures and not once have I seen anything similar.

awesome job
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hisako Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
damn that's freaky looking but so cool :p
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hisako Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
damn that's freaky looking but so cool :/
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birdladyclark Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
This is a very interesting photo--I would show it to my father, but he's the type who would want to try to get a shot like this too and end up with talons up his nose!! Giggle

The way the birds eyes look down is eerie--thank you for sharing the photo with us!!
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shuk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006
now I know what a mouse feels like in the last moments of life, incredibly hard shot to do and you did it very well
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
ty :)
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fraughtuk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Stunning capture! From the thumbnail i thought it was a computer graphic! LOL...
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you fraughtuk
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DownsideUpside Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006   Photographer
wicked!
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
ty
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DownsideUpside Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006   Photographer
You're welcome!
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KIARAsART Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Professional General Artist
*is confused* Are this his eyes?!?
I think I've never seen a standstill image of a bird of prey in this position. Though it makes sense the eyes are that way, it looks weird.
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
The hawk keeps his head still and moves the eyes to track the food. When it runs out of eye movement it adjusts its head to look lower
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EquusInfinity Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
OH MY GOSH *is absolutely amazed* How on earth did you get that?! That shot is amazing!
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BlueFlamedPhoenix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
I wouldn't want to be a mouse
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1the1 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
awsome photo and im sure not one that's easy to get.
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Beatminister Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
Basically a real cool shot, I like the different perspective actually. Though I also have agree with TH1RT3EN95, the light makes it look weird. I understand you needed the flash... perhaps you could do something with the background in PS, to make it match better to the lighting of the bird.
Just a thought... :)
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SlinkyJynx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
You know, that is something else Kev. The overall tone of the image is fantastic, and I love how you've shown us a side to this bird that not many other people would see! At 10mm, and about 12" away that must be quite a risk for camera gear, although I suspect these birds have a knack with accuracy ;)
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I trust the handler SlinkyJynx and the bird :) Their accuracy is amazing
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TH1RT3EN95 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
very neat picture, but the flash ruins it for me
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Photosbykev Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
It was the only way to really freeze the bird at that range TH1RT3EN95. I know the perspective won't appeal to alot of people but it was an interesting experiment
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