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.
Image was taken October 7th, 2012 at 3:52pm.
I spent the day at this Wildlife Park photographig wolves, foxes, coyotes, bison etc...
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.
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
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."
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
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.