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Golden eagle in a boreal forest in northern Sweden, 10 March 2018. A limited edition print of this image is available (a more recent processing job with a 1:2 a...
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Golden eagle in a boreal forest in northern Sweden, 10 March 2018. A limited edition print of this image is available (a more recent processing job with a 1:2 aspect ratio) at my website: order from tendrelimages.zenfolio.com
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Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose April 13, 2018
Wow, this is outstanding! Stunning shot!
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TendrelImages April 14, 2018
Thank you very much!
nikonshaz
 
nikonshaz April 13, 2018
Absolutely beautiful, well done on an amazing shot.
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TendrelImages April 14, 2018
Thank! It was an amazing to see this bird in action
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe April 14, 2018
What an awesome capture!
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TendrelImages April 14, 2018
Thanks very much!
aroopghosh
 
aroopghosh April 15, 2018
nice & correct moment as photography.
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TendrelImages April 15, 2018
Thank you!
notinconceivable PRO
 
notinconceivable April 15, 2018
Absolutely stunning shot!
Was this a tame bird? Looks like capture rings on it's legs.
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TendrelImages April 15, 2018
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
 
mikecline April 16, 2018
Great capture.
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TendrelImages April 16, 2018
Thanks
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Byronfairphotography April 21, 2018
Absolutely beautiful / Voted
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TendrelImages April 22, 2018
Thanks for the comment and vote!
PaulEnigma PRO
 
PaulEnigma April 27, 2018
Great head on shot of a beautiful bird Nice !!
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TendrelImages April 28, 2018
Thank you!
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texaaronpueschel June 05, 2018
This is my kind of depth of field. The beauty of this Golden Eagle stands out so well. The the capture of the undercarriage is superb.
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TendrelImages June 05, 2018
Thank you very much!
alistairhiggins
 
alistairhiggins June 19, 2018
This photo is stunning. Breathtaking, to say the least. :)
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TendrelImages June 19, 2018
Thank you!
embas PRO
 
embas June 19, 2018
thats just stunning
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TendrelImages June 19, 2018
Thanks very much! It was great to be able to see it in person.
murrayzelt
 
murrayzelt June 22, 2018
Amazing shot of an impressive predator!
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TendrelImages June 22, 2018
Thank you,
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JM18Photography June 22, 2018
Congratulations!
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TendrelImages June 22, 2018
Thanks,
Annie_McFar
 
Annie_McFar June 23, 2018
Congratulations :-)
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TendrelImages June 24, 2018
Thank you!
anreuys PRO+
 
anreuys June 27, 2018
Magic!
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TendrelImages June 28, 2018
Thanks! (it was)
gszabo
 
gszabo July 04, 2018
Absolutely fantastic shot, I love it. Congrats!!
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TendrelImages July 04, 2018
Thank you!
lindanellist PRO
 
lindanellist July 16, 2018
Wow!!!!!!! Amazing shot!!! Magnificent!!
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TendrelImages July 23, 2018
Thank you very much!
donmccaskill
 
donmccaskill July 23, 2018
Fabulous shot. Great work.
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TendrelImages July 23, 2018
Thank you!
megangregoryroy
 
megangregoryroy August 19, 2018
Love this!
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TendrelImages August 21, 2018
Thank you very much!
texaaronpueschel PRO
 
texaaronpueschel October 03, 2018
Breathtaking shot. Voted.
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TendrelImages October 03, 2018
Thanks for the comment and the vote
keepclicking
 
keepclicking November 20, 2018
Excellent image
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TendrelImages November 20, 2018
Thanks so much!
taylorclemons PRO+
 
taylorclemons November 23, 2018
Great shot!
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TendrelImages November 24, 2018
Thank you!
monokurro
 
monokurro December 15, 2018
magnificent
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TendrelImages December 16, 2018
Thank you!
keepclicking
 
keepclicking December 15, 2018
Wow, amazing
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TendrelImages December 16, 2018
Thanks so much!
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bobbytaylor71 December 30, 2018
A definite "Wow" image/capture. Congrats on your awards, well done.
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TendrelImages Jan 01
Thank you!
TammieHillTucker
 
Great shot!
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Thank you very much!
gman176
 
gman176 Sep 06
Outstanding image!
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Thank you!
keepclicking
 
keepclicking Oct 19
Amazing photograph, congratulations.
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TendrelImages Oct 19
Thanks so much!

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Behind The Lens

Location
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.
Time
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.
Lighting
The dark forest in the background, the snow squall, and far northern latitude (N 64.7 degrees) 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.
Equipment
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.
Inspiration
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.
Editing
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: http://tendrelimages.zenfolio.com/blog).
Feedback
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 due to a combination of depth of field effects and the fact that this eagle was flapping and moving full speed (looking back, 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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