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Eagle taking off



I couldn't believe when this eagle took off directly at me while looking right into the lens.

I couldn't believe when this eagle took off directly at me while looking right into the lens.
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107 Comments | Report
Duff
 
Duff April 23, 2012
WOW!!! Awesome Shot! Love how he seems to be looking Directly at You! Totally Fantastic!
JennyS
 
JennyS April 23, 2012
WOW AMAZING SHOT !!
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 May 04, 2012
Incredible, you have his complete attention :)
PSJPhotography
 
PSJPhotography August 09, 2012
Amazing shot!
ZachRosa
 
ZachRosa August 17, 2012
Nice
grammy321
 
grammy321 August 17, 2012
what a great capture !!!! amazing
jenbmama
 
jenbmama August 17, 2012
very neat shot - he's landing in snow I guess, but on 1st glance it looked like a cloud to me - great fantastic job!
rkperry215
 
rkperry215 August 18, 2012
Fantastic shot!
debzee
 
debzee August 21, 2012
amazing
hannyw5
 
hannyw5 August 27, 2012
wow. so cool
Cindi_Tonkovich
 
Cindi_Tonkovich August 28, 2012
Wow! Wanted his 15 minutes of fame! Congratulations. . . . great shot!
Andariel6
 
Andariel6 September 05, 2012
Damn ! What an excellent capture. :)
janr46
 
janr46 September 14, 2012
Awesome!
xavierw PRO
 
xavierw September 15, 2012
Amazing
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo September 17, 2012
Like, "watch me Dad, watch me!" Excellent shot!
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth September 24, 2012
LOVELY
WolfEyesPhotography PRO+
 
WolfEyesPhotography September 24, 2012
Bold and beautiful!!!
mailsmc
 
mailsmc September 29, 2012
Wow!!!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions October 08, 2012
congrats
Serendipity1
 
Serendipity1 October 08, 2012
Wow! Very nice! Congrats!
CanadianOutlaw
 
CanadianOutlaw October 08, 2012
So awesome! Congrats
DustinsMom
 
DustinsMom October 09, 2012
Wow, just incredible.
Congrats on your award!
melapeld
 
melapeld October 13, 2012
Unreal!
JessDBrown1969 PRO
 
JessDBrown1969 October 18, 2012
Great shot. I love Eagles.
F8user PRO
 
F8user October 19, 2012
Superb!
sharonarnold
 
sharonarnold October 23, 2012
Stunning
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon October 28, 2012
A most phenomenal photograph. You did an amazing job getting the photo and getting it well exposed and in focus. Wow those talons are amazing.
mturnau PRO
 
mturnau October 28, 2012
phenomenal capture - instant fav
maryhale9534 PRO+
 
maryhale9534 October 28, 2012
Fantastic capture! Congrats on Judge Favorite! :)M
Wayne_Sr
 
Wayne_Sr October 28, 2012
Well done! Congrats!
jamilhalaby
 
jamilhalaby November 05, 2012
Wow! Definitely a picture worth 1000 words!
joebaxter
 
joebaxter November 05, 2012
Wow. What a great capture.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb November 25, 2012
A mindblowing shot!
jpblitz
 
jpblitz December 01, 2012
Awesome shot!
F8user PRO
 
F8user December 09, 2012
Great capture!
Casper PRO+
 
Casper December 18, 2012
Wow, what a jaw dropping shot, congrats
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 21, 2012
Amazing capture! Awesome!
debrarote PRO+
 
debrarote January 01, 2013
GREAT CATCH!!!
nitti
 
nitti January 21, 2013
Impressive!
JHPhotos PRO+
 
JHPhotos February 08, 2013
Fabulous shot. Breathtaking!
rg5858 PRO
 
rg5858 February 13, 2013
Absolutely Amazing capture!! Thanks for adding to my project!!
eskimotwila
 
eskimotwila February 13, 2013
Intensely powerful capture!
Jenrules481
 
Jenrules481 February 21, 2013
Absolutely perfect shot of an amazingly graceful animal!
RachelFlint
 
RachelFlint February 25, 2013
Absolutely breathtaking....Love it....So so jealous! :-)
JHPhotos PRO+
 
JHPhotos February 25, 2013
I love this! thank you for adding it to the project. One of my favorites.
PhotoDali
 
PhotoDali March 07, 2013
... Wow, wow, wow ... wonderful! :)
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth March 08, 2013
awesome
Geesdigital Premium
 
Geesdigital March 18, 2013
Super!
danielmcadams
 
danielmcadams March 19, 2013
Great shot!! Wow!
ak8996a
 
ak8996a March 20, 2013
Amazing shot!
Inmar
 
Inmar March 31, 2013
Impressive!
brandinichols
 
brandinichols April 15, 2013
Superb!
bobbynall PRO
 
bobbynall May 11, 2013
Most excellent
ArtQ
 
ArtQ May 12, 2013
Congrats for being a finalist on Flying photo contest
amina
 
amina May 16, 2013
I love it!!
Amiqdadi PRO+
 
Amiqdadi May 16, 2013
congratulations,,,,very nice shot
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 May 16, 2013
Congrats!
DianeCArtography
 
DianeCArtography May 16, 2013
Wow, fantastic capture! Congrats!
Krishna_Kumar
 
Krishna_Kumar May 16, 2013
Amazing shot! Love the expression on the bird, looking point blank at me. Great work. Congrats!
photosue50
 
photosue50 May 16, 2013
Wow, this is awesome!!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates May 16, 2013
Brilliant capture! Congrats!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta May 16, 2013
Superb well-timed shot - I hope you managed to escape safely! Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
anneschlueter PRO
 
anneschlueter May 16, 2013
congratulations!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana May 16, 2013
Wow! An amazing shot! Congratulations!
AndreaE
 
AndreaE May 16, 2013
Wow! Congratulations!! what a fantastic capture!
jleiweke
 
jleiweke May 16, 2013
Congrats!
LAMennilloPhotography
 
LAMennilloPhotography May 16, 2013
Totally amazing!!!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 May 16, 2013
Absolutely amazing shot!! Congrats!!!
hayleycook
 
hayleycook May 17, 2013
This is incredible, look at those claws, BEAUTIFUL shot
kbrim8 PRO
 
kbrim8 May 17, 2013
Congrats !! Wow, what an amazing picture !!!
mdriley00 PRO+
 
mdriley00 May 17, 2013
Congratulations. Very nice.
dajett1
 
dajett1 May 17, 2013
OMG!! GREAT action!!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade May 18, 2013
One great action shot John....I'd imagine this one will be wall mounted at your home?
Well executed my friend!....Brian
ShawnAHodder PRO+
 
ShawnAHodder May 18, 2013
WOW is all I can say........ incredible focus Congrats
kkat PRO
 
kkat May 18, 2013
Beautiful Shot!!! Congratulations!!!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair May 20, 2013
Stunning!


like it
Jeanne713 PRO+
 
Jeanne713 May 20, 2013
Awesome and amazing shot! Congrats!!
ArtQ
 
ArtQ May 20, 2013
Congrats!
mailsmc
 
mailsmc May 21, 2013
Amazing shot! Congrats on your award!
alaska1984
 
alaska1984 May 25, 2013
Wow what a photo. Love it.
Antonio_Leao
 
Antonio_Leao May 28, 2013
Congrats, very nice work!
adoptedone
 
adoptedone May 29, 2013
What an awesome capture! Congrats, well deserved award.
jj07957
 
jj07957 May 31, 2013
Gobsmacked! wow! amazing shot :)
hmwilsonphotos
 
hmwilsonphotos June 03, 2013
Congratulations on winning Runner Up on the Flying Contest - well done! Just a great shot!
bbranyon
 
bbranyon June 10, 2013
Awesome capture!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky June 14, 2013
Sweet shot!!! Can you believe those talons?
alaska1984
 
alaska1984 June 15, 2013
All I can say about this one is WOW! Great capture. Voted.
NikolajFloyd
 
NikolajFloyd July 06, 2013
Nice man!
Dan_Kinghorn PRO
 
Dan_Kinghorn August 21, 2013
Holy Cow! :)
carolyn_anderson_860
 
carolyn_anderson_860 August 25, 2013
WOW Stunning capture, Amazing detail!!
RonClark PRO
 
RonClark April 08, 2014
what a great capture. well done.
CarolHuffmanPhotography PRO+
 
CarolHuffmanPhotography September 14, 2014
Perfect focus...super detail...great eye contact! Superb image....really appreciate you sharing it in the "Burdr" project!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 26, 2014
Nit only is this an amazing capture but the facial expressions is beautiful. I love this one. Thank you for participating in this project.
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana December 22, 2014
Fantastic! Voted!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita January 15, 2015
superb!
InnateArtist PRO+
 
InnateArtist January 16, 2015
This photo is really fabulous in capture and composition. It is a big "Wow", how did you capture this?
RoadKing1985 PRO
 
RoadKing1985 January 19, 2015
Bad-to-the-Ass WOW Capture! The best example of our American Eagle at its best intensity! Love the way he turns his head slightly focusing on his prey! Spectacular shot! Thanks for sharing! Good Luck in Contest:)
gaston PRO+
 
gaston February 16, 2015
All I can say is, WOW!!!
leannepeardon
 
leannepeardon February 16, 2015
I stopped & looked at this photo just love the eye contact in the lense
javafoto
 
javafoto February 17, 2015
perfect timing and technic.
sharonmorris Premium
 
sharonmorris March 12, 2015
Amazing capture
leighlofgren
 
leighlofgren March 16, 2015
spectacular
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates April 16, 2015
Brilliant capture! Congrats!
JoanLoBo PRO
 
JoanLoBo May 17, 2015
We wait a life time for shots like this..Love the expression on it's face.
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel June 19, 2015
Wow.
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky November 02, 2015
Sweet!!!
njkerosky PRO+
 
njkerosky December 10, 2015
Congratulations!!!...Your photo is a finalist in the "Where Eagles Dare" Photo Challenge. With all of the amazing entries, it was a very difficult decision and well deserved! The winner will be chosen within three days. Outstanding work!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in south central Alaska on the central coast on the Prince William Sound.
Time
Shot this in early April about noon.
Lighting
The lighting was front lighting on a partly sunny day so it was fairly easy getting a focused shot with a high shutter speed do to great light.
Equipment
I shot this free hand with my Nikon D300S with a Sigma 150-500mm telephoto lens. I shot it on ISO 200, f5.6 with a focal length of 220mm. I did not use a flash for this one.
Inspiration
I happened to be where there was several Eagles feeding along a beach on a washed up fish carcass. It is really easy to sit and just watch these beautiful birds, so being able to capture their actions was just a special time. Hard to forget days like these and hard not to continue searching for more opportunities to document these wonderful birds of prey.
Editing
I do very minor post processing with Lightroom. I shoot in RAW so I mainly look to make sure that my exposure is correct and do a bit of touching up on contrast and color.
In my camera bag
I usually carry my Nikon 25-300 telephoto, Sigma 17-50 f2.8 wide angle and my Sigma 150-500mm. Tripod strapped to my backpack, wireless shutter release along with my Nikon MC 36 release. Circular Polarizer filter and ND 3-10 filter. Micro fiber cloth to clean lens an camera.
Feedback
I find it hard to give advice to so many great photographers on here but I will say what I do. I try to find the best advantage points when I come up on an opportunity to photo Eagles. I stay pretty much in one place so not to scare the eagles and let them get used to me being in close proximity. I shoot on continuous focus and have my focus button separate from the shutter button, this just seems to work for me so experiment and see what it is like. I also try and focus on the eyes at all times, so make sure when you have the opportunity to take a lot of shots. The more shots you take the better chance you will get that one great shot you dream of. I hope this helps

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