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Take Flight

March 12th, 2012

A falcon in flight. I must say that luck can play a big role in photography.

Nikon D90.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: musicalDOPE
about 11 years, 2 months ago
Oh. My. God. Truly one of the most breathtaking photos I have seen not only on this site, but ever. The framing of the bird on top of the clouds is perfect. The sun breaking through the sky is stunning. The color balance and use of depth and shadows is unreal. Absolutely incredible. You must have been really excited when you captured that!
Posted By: Cytosyn
about 11 years, 2 months ago
Truly amazing. I would really really like to see the original picture (before post-processing). Thanks in advance!
Posted By: Michael kaldani
about 11 years, 2 months ago
WOW, thank you so much! Like I said, sometimes luck is on your side. Photos opportunities like these don't come around often.
Posted By: Brad
about 11 years, 2 months ago
I'm with musicalDOPE; this shot is stunning. I thought "This has to be fake!", but it sure doesn't look like a fake. It looks like a great shot. Nice work, Mkaldani. I wish I had your luck!
Posted By: themarrs
about 11 years, 2 months ago
How did it happen? i.e. were you skydiving, on a cliff, just pointing your camera at the sky?
Posted By: andrewdouch
about 11 years, 2 months ago
I love it too. (whether fake or not) My son is convinced that the falcon must have been photographed in a flight aviary at a zoo and then photoshopped onto a background of clouds. Was it? Either way - it's fantastic work - and even photographing a falcon like that in a flight aviary is no mean feat!
Posted By: Dominic Kamp
about 11 years, 2 months ago
Although this image has been photoshopped I very much enjoy this wallpaper. The light is awesome and the blurry background really pulls the spot on the hawk. I've been waiting a long time for a wallpaper like this!

You could have been a little bit more careful masking the hawk (beginning of right wing is a little edged). Furthermore, you missed a spot on the left wing (white spot). Still, a very beautiful wallpaper that I enjoy on both my workplace and at home.
Posted By: Michael kaldani
about 11 years, 2 months ago
Love all the comments...the background and falcon are real and happened at the same time. The only thing that is not in this picture that was in the original was a creance. I had a friend who worked at a wildlife center and he was out on a cloudy day flying it...believe it or not it took a while to get this photo to be this clean and not much photoshop was used, but both background and falcon are real. Thanks for all the comments!
Posted By: cmn
about 11 years, 2 months ago
I thought it,s fake and I even did not want to download it. But now that You say it's real I must say it's unbelievable! It's perfect!
Posted By: Kunj
about 11 years, 2 months ago
I have only one word to say that is WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Roach131313
about 9 years, 2 months ago
Mike is telling the truth about the falcon. It was cared for by me at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley after having been severely injured by electrocution on a PG&E power line. After waiting a full year for it's feathers to grow back, it's flight muscles were weak, so I had to take it out for flight exercise. I invited mike to take some pictures. What Mike edited out was a thin orange line attached to it's ankles and he added some color filters to the image. If I'm not mistaken, the image is cropped from the original as well, but other than that, it is absolutely real - and an amazing shot.

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