Decisions, decisions When approaching a perching bird there is often a tough decision to make as which direction to make the approach.
When approaching this red-tailed ? hawk near Reifel, I had two choices. I could approach it from the back (as illustrated) and capture good light on the eye and feathers. I also was aware that when the hawk chose to fly away, a frontal approach would make a great capture, as he would be flying into my frame, unobstructed by branches. Decisions, decisions. As this was my first red-tailed hawk, I went for the documentary shot first, then if opportunity allowed, I would move to a position in front of it, and await its takeoff. As it happened, a northern crow chose to terminate my shooting by pestering the much larger hawk making it fly away before I could get the flight shot. I don't care what they say about crows - they are stupid and inconsiderate. I really wanted that shot!
Last Edit: Dec 18, 2010 10:28:28 GMT -8 by kenpossum
There is another factor that often comes into play when approaching your subject. For the image below of Dunlins in flight over a small pond at Reifel Wetlands, I was shooting into the sun. The dunlins and trees are silhouetted against the sky and water. There is a nice reflection rounding out the composition
The second picture of the same dunlins and pond was taken a few minutes later with the sun at my back. The reflection colours are more saturated.
Both images work well and I can't really deside which I prefer.