Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Right place, right time.

Red Shouldered Hawk and rat.
I am often asked "what camera equipment should I buy?"  My answer is usually "buy something you will use."  I know it sounds glib, but many people I know don't really want to carry around 4000 in camera equipment (which is the sum of the equipment used to take this photo).   I also usually follow that up with an admonition to learn how to use the equipment.

This red-shouldered hawk landed near us as we were walking around North Lake in San Francisco.  We only saw a flash of movement at first, but based on the loud screeching by the jays, we knew something was around. We went slowly to the bridge and spotted him (I don't know it is a he, but for convenience I will call it he).

We moved fairly quietly and slowly until I could get a good shot without branches in the way. At that point in time, the hawk was facing away from us, but due to the pestering of the jays it turned to face us. That allowed a couple of good shots.

Finally a squirrel ran out to chase the hawk away and it landed further on a tree.  I was able to get some good photos of rat nomming, but this is probably my favorite.

1/125s f/8.0 at 260.0mm iso3200