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Hawk Conservancy Trust visit (9th April 2011)

My wife and I so much enjoy visiting the HCT, we needed to go to renew our membership. Also, we enjoy the company of the regular photographers who make us so welcome despite our occasional visits.

I had not posted any images of the afternoon flying display before, the staff really like to look the part for the traditional falconry display:


Final landing checks complete!









A few other shots from the same display:


Catch this if you can!













I really cannot master birds in flight, a couple of "almost if" shots:











Finally a portrait that I have to admit I was rather pleased with:







Honest thoughts if you have time please.


Cheers

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Certianly saved the best for last...

The bird is in pristine condition and you have rendered it perfectly.
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Re: Hawk Conservancy Trust visit (9th April 2011)

I love the Bald Eagle in flight best of all. If the jesses could be cloned out one could imagine it is a wild bird!

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Re: Hawk Conservancy Trust visit (9th April 2011)

A suoerb set, Chris, I like all of these for different reasons,

1) A falconer on horseback, that's really different. The bird itself caught at the perfect moment, it's outstretched legs following through the falconer's raised arm to create a very strong diagonal.

2) Great character study of a falconer in traditional dress, nicely posed in relation to his bird.

3) Great action shot showing the relationship between falconer and in-flight bird.

4) Stunning frame filling shot of flying eagle, eye positioned on a "third" for maximum impact.

5) Another in-flight shot showing great technique, albeit that the light was not falling kindly on the subject in this example.

6) As you say an "almost" shot, however with this type of subject you are bound to get a lot like these. It's the few you nail (like nos 1 & 4) that really matter.

7) I don't agree that this is an "almost" shot. Although the head is not quite sharp, it has the appearance of being so in relation to the blurred wings and OOF background. Caught head on, it gives a powerful feeling of speed and aggression. Creative and impressionistic rather than technically perfect, I still think it's a wonderful image and a definite keeper.

8) Wow! This is technically perfect and a superb portrait of the bird by any standard. But it lacks the dynamic action and raw power of no 7, capturing instead a very different aspect of the subject. IMO they are both equally valid approaches and whilst No 8 will undoubtedly win you the most plaudits the value of shots like No 7 should not be underestimated.

A wonderful and very enjoyable series!
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