Hawk Watch

This weekend was decent for bird migration – including hawks… the warm weather is bringing birds earlier to this area and species that aren’t expected for weeks are showing up now.

My good friend Mike Warner and I (this is his Swarovski spotting scope) sat on the lawn of the Quaker Ridge Hawkwatch in Greenwich, CT early Sunday morning and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the influx of species, including many Chipping Sparrows, House Wren, Broad-winged Hawks and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, to name a few. This is one of my favorite places where I connect with nature and disconnect from the stress of life.

I was sitting back, intrigued with the cloud formations and decided a long exposure was in the cards, I just needed something anchoring the foreground, and Mike’s scope was a perfect choice. I thought the sky would also be a great target for the “cool” tones of my Lee Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter.

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April 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

Rich McPeek - Very nice Steve! Love the filter you used here!

April 16, 2012 - 7:23 am

Jim Denham - Cool choice for the stationary element and very nice cloud formations! Well done sir!
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April 16, 2012 - 7:42 am

Chris Nitz - Great choice to use the scope as your anchor point!
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April 16, 2012 - 7:44 am

Dave DiCello - Great use of the long exposure here Steve! Rockin’ shot!
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April 16, 2012 - 9:08 am

Eden - Very cool!
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April 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Jesse Pafundi - Sick use of the ND10. Love it bro.
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April 18, 2012 - 12:25 pm

A.Barlow - Nice shot man, and good exposure.
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April 20, 2012 - 12:57 am

- Gregory Allen Deese - [...] Hawk Watch РSteve Beal shows us how a simple optical device can become a great subject in compelling photography.  Steve utilizes a great composition and natural elements in the backdrop to create an absolutely wonderful photograph to view and enjoy. [...]

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