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Red-Tailed Hawk Photo Contest Finalist
Red-Tailed Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk
taken at a raptor rehabilitation center in Ashford, CT. 200mm at f2.8, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.
© Steve Brown
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Cheryle J. Himes     Steve, this is a great capture, beautiful colors and details.

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1/27/2008 9:08:13 AM

Connie S. Gentz
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2007

Steve this is a great photo. Beautiful bird with good detail. We see some of these hawks in North Carolina. My son is always looking out of the car window at the tree tops or sky trying to spot them.

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1/27/2008 9:31:21 AM

Matt  Quaid
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/11/2007

Amazing image Steve, great detail

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1/27/2008 11:18:31 AM

Anne M. Young
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2007

Stunning - amazing clarity

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1/27/2008 2:51:10 PM

Kay E. Mahoney
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/23/2003
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Congratulations on your finalist, Steve.

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2/22/2008 7:05:02 PM

Teresa Moore
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/27/2005

Stunning detail and colors. Very nice work.

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2/23/2008 11:14:34 AM

Kathy Reeves
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/18/2005
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Absolutely gorgeous Steve!! Congratulations!!

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3/3/2008 2:34:04 PM

Robert G. Stalnaker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2008

Steve, you must be congratulated on this magnificent portrait. This is a beautiful image.

You disclosed that this image is of a captive raptor, not wildlife. Because of this disclosure, the image can be admired for its photographic quality, and you certainly deserved to be a finalist.

There other photos of raptors that were finalists that were captive but the photographer failed to disclose that, in fact, not only tried to fool members but even failed to respond to posts on the forum where fellow members stated they believed that they were looking at a raptor that was stalked and shot in the wild such as "what remakable wildlife photography"" on one such image.

Your honesty pays dividends, Steve. You gain respect by being honest. Those who pass off captive raptors as "shot in the wild" and fool fellow members lose respect and degrade their volume of work.

Each and every member here wants a level and fair playing field in the contests. For any member here who shot a wild animal and their photo had to be judged up against a raptor that was faked to look wild but was really captive, shot under studio type conditions and was being held by its trainer, was cheated.

Congratulations on your beautiful photo, and thank you for being upfront and honest. We need these other members who are cheating us all to have honesty like yours.

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3/5/2008 7:19:42 AM

Steve Brown  

Cheryle, Connie, Matt, Anne, Kay, Teresa, Kathy, and Robert,

thank you for all your kind comments. They are much appreciated!


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3/6/2008 1:52:42 PM

Candice  L. Carter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/3/2007

Breathtaking capture and focus Steve. Exquisite!

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3/27/2008 8:01:25 PM

Mary Beth Aiello
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2006
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Steve -- The detail in this photo is awesome. Love it. Well done.

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3/29/2008 7:05:25 AM

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