A "true" shooting bullet. by Erik Anderson

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Canon 7D
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS
Canon 1.4 Extender

Canon 300mm X 1.4 extender = 420mm X 1.6 crop = 672mm

@672mm, f/7.1, ISO 800, spot-metering, handheld

Adult, Female, Cooper’s Hawk.

Taken in Machesney Park, Illinois.

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The image is off-set on purpose to give it the feeling that the negative space is there after the Cooper’s Hawk flew through it, like a speeding bullet!


  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    WHOA Erik!!!!! Fabulous capture buddy!!!!

  • YES!!!!!!!! THANK YOU! haha, I love Cooper’s Hawks. Yes, it’s a shame they eat alot of the songbirds and many people think they are annoying and horrible. But I LOVE THEM! They are elegantly stunning, mystifying and evil! :] But thank you Ms!

    – Erik Anderson

  • Sara Johnson
    Sara Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    I love this. Wow, Erik. This just might be my new favorite of your bird shots. She’s beautiful. DAANNNGGGG!!!

  • SARA! ahagahgha thank you babe!!!!!!!!! :]:]:]:]:]:] You should make a group and let me be a co-host :]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Erik Anderson

  • Sara Johnson
    Sara Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

    Hahaha!!! text me. right now. and we’ll converse. ahagahgagarahhhahahaggagaahha!

  • DO IT THOUGH! I wanna be in a kickass group!

    – Erik Anderson

  • I have Smashing Pumpkins 1979 on repeat. Since i’ve beeon working on my art it’s played over 15 times hahaha

    – Erik Anderson

  • southernvice
    southernvicealmost 5 years ago

    perfect shot! love the colors and details :)

  • Ohh thank you mucho! To be honest, im surprised it came out as clean and as sharp as it did considering the high ISO, but thats why I paid $1,800 for a good backup camera :] But thank you soo soooo much!

    – Erik Anderson

  • mindarella
    mindarellaalmost 5 years ago

    SO EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]:]:]:] I had no idea you were a host of the Eagle group!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so I really appreciate the comment :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessalmost 5 years ago

    Great focus, and exposure. Personally I would have cropped it the other way, giving the hawk space to fly in to one the right, but thats just me. Great shot Erik.

  • Peter, awesome! And thank you very very much! I’ll let you in on a secret haha. Well, before I took this I was on one shot, shooting the Cooper’s Hawk on a branch, as I went to switch to AI SERVO to track it, she took off! I had the worst timing! So the reason why it’s cropped like this is because as she flew unexpectadely, I blew off a few shots and this is what occured and there was only a little bit of room to its right. :[ I could have either cropped it this way or right in the middle and I figured, what the hell, i’ll change it up haha. But I completely understand, if I could have I would have changed it haha :] But thank you very very much!!!!

    – Erik Anderson

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessalmost 5 years ago

    Thanks for the explanation Eric, that makes sense now. I have to admit that the 300 2.8 gets some great results ( in the right hands), it’s one of the lenses I’d like to own one day. I’m no pro but I’m starting to do the odd wedding here and there and its something I’d like to develop. If you wanted a different crop you could make the canvas size bigger in photoshop and clone in the sky? Should be easy with an unclutered background

  • Sara Johnson
    Sara Johnsonalmost 5 years ago

  • Gary Fairhead
    Gary Fairheadalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice action in this image Erik and a Coopers is a very tough bird to get in flight. I think Peter said it perfectly regarding the position of the bird in the frame and yes it would be a simple task in PS to add canvas on the right and any seam could easily be cloned out using a soft brush at 60-50 then 40 %. Its still a great shot whatever you do … I think I want a 300 2.8 :-) Terrific in flight lens.

    Congratulations on the feature..well deserved!

    PS,,you commented a few days ago on my Pileated Woodpecker…25% of that image on the right side is added canvas.

  • Awesome! Thanks Gary! And really? I had no idea you could add to a canvas hahaha, wow. And yes, the 300 2.8 is a terrific lens, sometimes it’s bad with the 1.4, but then I take it off and shoot with the lens normally and then I remember why the 300 2.8 is known to have the “best” glass out of all the canon’s. The 1.4 is awesome but really takes away from the picture. Im going to college as sports photographer and want a 400 f5.6 but I think I wouldn’t need it at all. plus for football games I get to use a 400 2.8 and so on, so that’ll be a great day!

    And really?! I had no idea with the pileated woodpecker! FOOLED ME! :] But thanks for the comment :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • hsien-ku
    hsien-kualmost 5 years ago

    wow! this is superb!

  • Thank you so much :]!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    – Erik Anderson

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