I’ve taken the low-road with this beautiful hawk and done some significant image manipulation in one version of the photo.
1/2500, f/6.3, ISO 500, Canon 7D Mark II, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, canvas added for composition, not baited, set up or called in
This bird, photographed five days ago in Box Elder County, is making his second appearance on Feathered Photography. A few days ago I posted another image of him in flight but this photo was taken immediately after liftoff from a power pole. I like the splayed feet, flared tail, excellent eye contact and the good look at almost his entire ventral surface.
But there were two things I didn’t like about the original image so I held my nose and made some alterations to this version of the photo that I don’t normally do.
- The hawk was too close to the right side of the frame for pleasing composition so I added canvas there.
- The insulator on the power pole that the bird took off from was still visible at lower left so I removed it.
This is the image before I removed the insulator and wire (it includes the added canvas).
To be honest I don’t know which version I prefer. In the first version his takeoff posture suggests the presence of a perch that isn’t there but on the other hand I sure don’t like insulators and wires in my images. Since I don’t like to do this kind of image manipulation and I can’t decide which version I prefer anyway I probably should have just left the insulator in the photo and let it go at that. But I’m curious about what others might think so I’ve presented both versions.
When it comes to image manipulation I believe that full disclosure is always the best (and the only honest) policy.