When I Grow Up, I Want To Be As Good As Ned!   Leave a comment

 

Ned Harris is my Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist (SCVN) mentor. He is also a super photographer. So, one might ask, why am I posting one of my photos with one of his photos? Yes, it does seem crazy! But, there is a “method to my madness.” 

First, I want to share an example Ned’s photo skills and urge you to visit his Flickr site (Ned Harris’ Photostream) to see more of the Gray Hawk pictured below and many other excellent raptor photos — he’s one of the best!

Second, as Ned knows, wildlife photography is all about being at the right place at the right time, and that’s not all luck. You have to help make things happen.

Yesterday we both were out trying to be in the “right place at the right time” — I in Sabino Canyon, Ned in Aravaipa Canyon. As I was walking in the riparian area above the Sabino Canyon Dam, I saw a Copper’s Hawk above me and quickly readied my camera to capture the moment — in the split second I took the shot the hawk dove back and down away from me. To be correct, I wasn’t as ready as I should have been, which you can tell from the image below.

Ned, however, is driving down the road and sees a gray hawk on a telephone cable.  As he slows down to pull over, he turns of the SUV engine, to reduce noise, coming to a stop. Sliding over from the driver’s seat, with camera in hand, he takes some stunning images.

Talk about “right place, right time,” but more important he has the camera instinct to create those moments we all hope for when we put a camera in our hands. 

kenne

Copper’s Hawk In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Gray Hawk with Desert Spiny Lizard — Image by Ned Harris

 

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