Study in Steel and Feathers

This is from a trip David Schoen and I took to Ridgefield NWR in late January. We had a ton of hawks that day, mostly on man-made perches, including this post wrapped in rusty steel cable. I was fascinated by the pseudo organic curves of the steel cable around the square wooden post and their juxtaposition with the truly organic lines of the hawk, so I tried to include as much of the cable as possible in the composition. In the processing, I played with light levels in four groups: the background, which I darkened a bit, the post, which was left alone, and the steel and the Hawk, both of which I brightened a fair amount to draw the viewers eye to them.

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7DII, Sigma 150-600 C @ 315 mm, Hand held from car window, f/9, 1/1000, iso 800, manual exposure. Processed in LR & PS CC. Straightening and very slight crop from a vertical original.

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