Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 13 March 2017 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

When a red-tailed hawk became trapped within a meshed area of the building complex where I work, my co-worker Allison comforted the anxious bird until firemen arrived to free it. The shot was made through dirty window glass, so please pardon that. Just a moment that spoke to me somehow.

NIKON D7200 1/800 second F/7.1 ISO 800 210 mm (35mm equiv.)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Excellent, I really love their expression, well chosen bw, cheers

13 Mar 2017 6:23am

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you very much. I had several frames to chronicle the entire experience, but this one was shot in black and white... containing that certain something impactful that we seek through our lenses and hearts.

k@ from Paris, France

Wow ! Such a classic, Rick : this is a still from a silent movie, Pabst or whoever but a grand masterpiece full of poetry that does not need words ! The bird's attitude plus the woman's (Loulou's haircut in a way hence my thought for Pabst) work together for an unique image I first thought you found on the internet ! 5***** and to be printed absolutely and present on your wall ! Bravo, really exceptional with a lot of feelings through - compassion, yes, between human and animal, people of the same planet... LOVE this !

13 Mar 2017 6:31am

@k@: I have such respect for you as a person and photographer, I can't help but be so pleased by your wonderful reaction to this very simple (but reaffirming) image. I certainly felt that a pure moment of emotions had been captured, and I know Allison to be a very kind soul who loves animals... what can I say, Karine, but THANK YOU!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & impressive shot!
A M A Z I N G !

13 Mar 2017 7:11am

@omid: Thanks, my friend.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Oh, what a touching image this makes . . such sweet simplicity.

13 Mar 2017 8:06am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you, sir.

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

touching and poetic image ! same feeling than K@ ! love the attitude of this girl and the sadness of the bird !

13 Mar 2017 9:35am

@Anna Cherer: Thanks so much, Anna. I am happy to report that the fireman was able to cut away enough mesh for the hawk to fly happily away!

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland


13 Mar 2017 10:15am

@Tomek: Thank you!

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

J'adore une magnifique photo !!!

13 Mar 2017 11:31am

@Martine Libouton: Merci beaucoup, Martine.

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Sometimes the best moments in life can never be staged, 5 * Rick !

13 Mar 2017 12:14pm

@Phil Morris: My thanks, Phil !

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The dirty window gives a touching diffused quality

13 Mar 2017 12:58pm

@grouser: Thanks a lot, mister g.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

The dirty window gives this the feel of an old time movie. The whole story is captured with such feeling. I give this 5 stars.

13 Mar 2017 1:08pm

@Ruthiebear: That unclean glass made me want to shoot in black and white; it was fortunate to get an appearance that suited the scene. Five "thank you" smiles for each of your stars, Ruthie!

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A sad story until the moment of your freedom! Great job! I love it!

13 Mar 2017 4:06pm

@Adela Fonts: We have to appreciate the happy endings in life :-) My sincere thanks, Adela.

franz from Baden, Austria

What a heartbreaking image, Rick! The bird looks as if it knew it was doomed ... which luckily it wasn't !
The look on your colleague's face (if it IS her) is full of concern and also resignation!
It pays to have a camera at the ready ...
(The dirty window could well have been a filter! You didn't need to tell us all your secrets ... ;-)

13 Mar 2017 4:48pm

@franz: Ha ha... I chuckle at your wit as always. Initially this big hawk was panicking and entangling itself in the mesh, and those tangles grew worse as the lone fireman appeared up there. I believe the hawk began to lose energy and resigned itself to what may have been a not so pleasant fate, because after all, most animals distrust our species. It was so nice to see the big raptor fly away free. Thanks, Franz!

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

I'm happy to know that this beautiful bird is free now !

13 Mar 2017 5:42pm

@Anna Cherer: Indeed! One future day I will post a short series to show the bigger story. Thank you, Anna.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

The sense of compassion definitely is evoked in this composition!! Not only in Allison's expression, but in the hawk as well who has his head sunken, as in defeat; when one is typically quite proud.

13 Mar 2017 6:07pm

@Steven: Well seen and commented on your part, Steven, for which I am always grateful.

L'Angevine from Angers, France

excellente prise

14 Mar 2017 2:30pm

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup.

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Excellent capture of both expressions: compassion and surrender (maybe) in one fabulous composition with an excellent title !!!
And a well deserved spotlight too .. Congratulations !!!

14 Mar 2017 5:50pm

@Baldwin VW: Thanks very much; I'll pass the Spotlight along to Allison and the hawk!

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

14 Mar 2017 5:52pm

@omid: Thank you, omid.

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Wonderful and powerful composition. Great image.

14 Mar 2017 6:10pm

@Francisco Romero: Sincere thanks, Francisco.

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Very happy you got a Spotlight on this beautiful, touching image ! Congratulations Rick !

14 Mar 2017 6:19pm

@Anna Cherer: You are very kind; thanks a lot, Anna... and of course to Karine (commenting below), who always sees with her heart and leaves detailed intuitive comments.

k@ from Paris, France

SOOOOOOOOO Much deserved ! Bravo maestro, this is just a masterpiece, nothing less !!

14 Mar 2017 6:22pm

@k@: You are so generous and ego-less on this site, Karine. Keep rocking!!

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain


14 Mar 2017 7:02pm

@Adela Fonts: Thanks much, Adela!

Anne from France


14 Mar 2017 7:48pm

k@ from Paris, France

@ Rick : You're too kind ! Be thanked, I'd love to have less distance and to come & share a coffee or lunch to be able to share great chit-chat about art and life. One day, maybe ? Life is a surprise, sometimes ;) Bravo again for this image (what I love on Aminus3 is that there is no room for ego but for Equal ;)

14 Mar 2017 10:35pm

@k@: I am just seeing your lovely comment here, today, quite a while after you left it. My wife has been to Paris and adores it, and rest assured if I get to see your famously beautiful city some day, you will be given lots of notice so that we can have that coffee and chat! My thanks always, Karine.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of the moment ! Congratulations on your Spotlight !

14 Mar 2017 10:51pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Bravo pour ton spotlight bien mérité !

15 Mar 2017 9:23am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Congrats Rick for this moment !

15 Mar 2017 9:34am

Monik from PARIS, France

Chef - d'oeuvre intemporel. Félicitations, Rick et MERCI pour le partage!

15 Mar 2017 9:55am

franz from Baden, Austria

Well, well, well ... that hapless hawk has made it into the spotlight! How pleased he would be afer all that stress ;-)
Congratulations, Rick !!!

15 Mar 2017 9:59am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and Congratulations on the Spotlight - good to see.

15 Mar 2017 10:15am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Congratulations on the spotlight, sometimes you just know it will happen
when a moment like this comes through !~

15 Mar 2017 2:09pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your well deserved SPOTLIGHT!!!!

15 Mar 2017 3:14pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Yeah, congrats on the spotlight, well deserved!

16 Mar 2017 12:11pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

Beautiful ! Congratulations.

16 Mar 2017 4:15pm

STEED from D, France

Superb Picture ....Congrat's for the Spotlight ....

16 Mar 2017 9:06pm

Morris David Taub from Montpellier, France

really tender image, beautiful story...

17 Mar 2017 1:17pm

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran


19 Mar 2017 9:03am

Babzy from Besançon, France

great compo ! congrats :)

19 Mar 2017 2:48pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I absolutely love it.

19 Mar 2017 11:32pm

k@ from Paris, France

@ Rick : ;)) I'd love that ! See U (sorry not a lot on the blogs ! I'll post & comment again as soon as possible).

1 Apr 2017 11:40am

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