michaelbazell June 14, 2013
WONDERFUL !!!! awesome photo
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jacphotographic June 14, 2013
Thank you Michael. the whites on his head are blown out but still a nice eye contact shot.
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AlanJakarta July 07, 2013
Great portrait - for me, no problem with the blown-out whites as they place more emphasis on the eyes & beak. Congratulations on being featured.
 
KayElizabethPhotog July 07, 2013
Congrats on being featured! Fantastic photograph!
 
bongke July 07, 2013
you're looking at me! :) Congrats on your feature!
 
PhotoAlaska July 07, 2013
very nice
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GordonD July 07, 2013
Cool capture, Congratulations!
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iceman2 July 07, 2013
BEAUTIFUL.Congrats!
 
parthgupta July 07, 2013
Those beautiful eyes......
Amazing capture mate!
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jacphotographic July 07, 2013
Thank you all for the wonderful comments.
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jleiweke July 07, 2013
Congrats!
 
HeartHazel108 July 07, 2013
Amazing shot! Well done!
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JimCumming July 07, 2013
Congrats John on the feature
 
MarcoPoveda July 07, 2013
Que toma y que nitidez
 
drakkardarkblade July 07, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my work
 
PHOTOSUE July 07, 2013
Wow, beautiful!
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Mustang75 July 07, 2013
Beautiful close up, great job!
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jacphotographic July 07, 2013
Thank you all again for the kind words.
 
1979 July 08, 2013
Fantastic photo ,
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jpsphotos July 08, 2013
Nice shot to get that close a head shot of these beautiful birds. I love the sharpness of his eyes staring at you. Congratulations on your feature.
 
scottyprince July 08, 2013
awesome shot
 
CG July 08, 2013
Fantastic Closeup
 
rkrings2 July 10, 2013
Wanderful stare! Love that look!! :))
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redwriter July 10, 2013
Great image. Congrats. - Jake
 
Carli July 13, 2013
cool shot, congrats :D
 
ThompsonsPhotography July 29, 2013
great shot
 
ZachRosa August 04, 2013
Awesome shot
 
SaraD99 August 28, 2013
Wow, I love this! Nice detail and composition.
 
JaydeBell December 01, 2013
Very nice photo , love everything about it .

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You Looking At Me

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Behind The Lens

Location
Image was taken at Omega Wildlife Park in Montebello Quebec, Canada. This is a wildlife refuge that is home to Grey Wolves, Arctic Wolves, Black Bears, Birds of Prey, Deer, Buffalo and so on. Most of the animals are given vast spaces to freely roam the park. All predators are in their own seperate environment with plenty of room to explore and live as packs or as individuals.
Time
Image was taken October 7th, 2012 at 3:52pm. I spent the day at this Wildlife Park photographig wolves, foxes, coyotes, bison etc...
Lighting
Daylight lighting was used here for this image. You can see whites are blown out as I wanted to get this shot. He just started looking at me and I just kept pressing the shutter botton without adjusting for exposure. Most of the images I took of him were to overexposed to use, a slight mistake but this image still has the impact I was looking for. I guess I could go back and correct in Lightroom.
Equipment
This image was taken with a Canon EOS 20D Body Canon EF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Manual mode, Handheld 1/60sec. @ 250mm f/4.5 ISO 200
Inspiration
I love birds of prey. Where I live we do not have Bald Eagles in our area, we have plenty of Osprey, Hawks and Owls and I do usually get out to photograph them regularly. A majestic Bald Eagle was on my bucket list of birds to photograph so when I found out that Omega Park was home to 2 or 3 Bald Eagles I drove the 2 hrs. it takes to get to the park for the opportunity of photographing them. I have seen many amazing Bald Eagle images and I wanted to get my own Bald Eagle photographs. "That day was a great day."
Editing
Except for cropping, no pp was done on this one. As you can see the eagles white feathers on it's head are blown out so maybe should have corrected exposure and removed some fringing.
In my camera bag
Most of the time I have a full compliment of Canon Lenses and use 2 Canon bodies. I now use a Canon 1D MKII w/RRS L Plate and B2-LLR-II: Lever-release clamp. Canon 5D w/grip. Lenses I usually have in my bag are: Canon EF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM INDURO CARBON 8X CM34 Monopod INDURO ALLOYFLEX 6M Tripod w/ Jobu Design Pro2 Gimbal Head
Feedback
If I can share any advice about trying to capture any type of birds or even other wildlife is to try to get some eye contact shots. Eye contact for the most part gives you the best impact out of the photograph. For my image the eyes and facial expression tell me that he is a little mad and that I was to close for his comfort. Also try to photograph using different angles, your animal portrait shots do not always have to be centered in the frame. Last thing is always be ready for anything when photographing wildlife, you can wait for hours for the perfect shot but when the action starts you got to be ready.

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