Alfredo_Jose Apr 13
Wow, this is outstanding! Stunning shot!
TendrelImages Apr 14
Thank you very much!
nikonshaz Apr 13
Absolutely beautiful, well done on an amazing shot.
TendrelImages Apr 14
Thank! It was an amazing to see this bird in action
blackbirdbob Apr 14
TendrelImages Apr 14
Thank you!
Alwolfe Apr 14
What an awesome capture!
TendrelImages Apr 14
Thanks very much!
aroopghosh Apr 15
nice & correct moment as photography.
TendrelImages Apr 15
Thank you!
Absolutely stunning shot!
Was this a tame bird? Looks like capture rings on it's legs.
TendrelImages Apr 15
No, it's a wild eagle. The tags are with id information and satellite transmitters put on by wildlife biologists. You'll see the bands on lots of wild birds. I'm not sure in Scandinavia but my guess would be that virtually all are equipped with transmitters; Conny, the guy who owns the hide where this was taken, has been following one of the golden eagles here for 17 years now, and was saying sometimes when he sees the local eagles upset he'll later get a call from a wildlife biologist to inform him that a lone eagle from Norway had strayed into the area.
mikecline Apr 16
Great capture.
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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the province of Västerbotten, in northern Sweden. It was shot from a hide of Conny Lundström's (Wild Shots Sweden) on a snowy winter day, early March 2018.
This was shot in the early afternoon. Four of us were sharing the hide for the three days, constantly watching for golden eagles and shooting smaller birds in the interim. Over those days, we had 3 o 4 different eagles in the area and saw each of them once, or occasionally twice, per day. This one had been feeding in the distance and when it took off it came straight towards the hide.
The dark forest in the background, the snow squall, and far northern latitude (N 64.7 degree) all contributed to such a gloomy (in a good way) and kind of threatening look. I hadn't realized it at the time, but because it was mid-day, and the snow squall was subsiding, there was just enough light coming through the clouds for the eagle to cast a shadow on the snow as it flew in.
For this shot, I used a Canon 1DX Mk ii with a Canon EF 200-400 zoom, with internal extender engaged. The camera was on a Wimberley head on a hide window mount. It was shot at 560mm, f/5.6, ISO 160, with a 1/500 shutter speed.
I really liked the dark forest backdrop and as the eagle had been feeding farther back, I had been working on getting some pictures that could be cropped for a 3x1 landscape of the eagle peering across the forest (on my Tendrel Images website, but not on Viewbug). Even though I love being out in the forest, hide or not, there can be a feeling of threat or menace on dark, gloomy days. When this bird took off, I was prepped (had missed on a similar sequence the day before) and it followed a flight path that allowed me to catch that dark background. You just know if you were a living creature in that bird's path, you'd be in serious trouble.
I did a little bit of a crop to center the image (it is 4815 pixels on the long edge) and changed it to a 2:1 aspect ratio. I worked on the dark contrasts a little in Nik Color Efex Pro, and then took it to Photoshop for a custom vignette and added a very light touch Orton effect.
In my camera bag
I now use my Canon 1DX Mk ii for virtually all of my full spectrum work. I do sometimes carry an older, banged up Canon 5DS specifically for landscapes, and I also have a converted infrared Canon 6D that I use a lot. I have a variety of Canon and Zeiss lenses, so what I carry totally depends on where I am shooting. For the northern Sweden trip, I only brought one lens - the 200-400 f/4 zoom with internal extender - along with a 2.0X external extender, which allows me to get all the way to an 1120mm zoom in total (if you're interested in my impressions on stacking extenders, I have a blog post on my website:
For flight sequences, I fix my shutter speed, open up the lens as wide as it will go (f/5.6 when using the 1.4x internal extender), and set ISO to automatic. I find the key for this is having a body that you are confident can handle high ISO. I love my Canon 1DX ii for this reason - I can confidently set a shutter speed between 1/500 and 1/2000 of a second, depending on ambient light levels, and not have to worry if my ISO bumps all the way up to 6400. With my Canon 5DS, which is a great body for big sweeping landscapes, noise levels become totally unacceptable above ISO 640 and I don't feel I could ever use that camera for anything requiring auto ISO for that reason alone. I also use single point focus, always set in the middle of the image. I know a lot of people use focus zones for flight sequences, but I too often find that I get focused on the wings rather than the eyeballs. My Wimberley head allows me to follow the bird flight path closely and the 1DX Mk ii is extremely fast in picking up and holding focus, so once I get the head in focus I typically will be able to get a burst of a dozen shots all with near-perfect focus. You can tell in this photo that the focus is on the head and eyes, and that the wings are slightly out of focus but that is mainly due to depth of field effects, not so much shutter speed (although I would have preferred this shot at 1/1000 second to get the wing tips frozen). I guess that the other advice is just get out there and allow enough time. I was lucky to have got a couple of good sequences of the golden eagles over three days, including another one on the last afternoon in full late-afternoon light. I could easily have spent two more days in the hide, trying to refine and improve my shots of eagles in flight, and thinking more about backgrounds once I started to learn their typical flight patterns.

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