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8 Comments | Report
mcampi PRO
 
mcampi June 12, 2019
I saw an eagle challenge you should enter with this wonderful shot.
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Steve-n-Ning June 12, 2019
Thank you. I think I'm in it. I am proud with this end result, especially since I was shooting through a screen fence.
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Lilgurl June 12, 2019
Gorgeous and magnificent bird. This is one of the nicest I have seen!! Beautiful😊
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Steve-n-Ning June 12, 2019
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.
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RickL July 15, 2019
Exceptional composition and photography, love the setting and your eagle is in perfect focus with exceptional use of background bokah
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Steve-n-Ning July 15, 2019
Thank you. I got lucky: usually, the large birds of prey face away from the viewer. I found an angle between the various branches. In post, I cropped it at a 1:1 aspect ratio. The square shape allowed me to highlight the eagle without a lot of extraneous foliage. I'm still learning, but this one came out okay.
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treyscarpa August 27, 2019
So beautiful
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Steve-n-Ning August 27, 2019
Thank you. I had to wait a while until the eagle was facing in the right direction, but I think the wait made the result worthwhile.
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bobbytaylor71 November 25, 2019
Awesome ...
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Steve-n-Ning November 25, 2019
Many thanks.
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Eddieuuu071 November 26, 2019
Thank you for submitting you wonderful photo to my Best Nature Photo challenge! Best of luck!
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Steve-n-Ning November 26, 2019
Thank you for your appreciation. Now I only have to wait on the voting public - here's hoping.
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Poodlemom2012 December 02, 2019
Gorgeous bald eagle! The details are incredible!
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Steve-n-Ning December 02, 2019
Thank you. I had to wait a while until the eagle was facing in the right direction, but I think the wait made the result worthwhile. I invite you to review the rest of my portfolio. I have a few shots that I am very proud of.
jamesfkilmartin
 
jamesfkilmartin December 03, 2019
great photo
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Steve-n-Ning December 03, 2019
Thank you. I truly appreciate the compliment.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Time
This photo was taken around 9:00am in May, 2019. Phoenix had an unusually mild May. I took advantage of the milder weather to both walk around comfortably and to catch many animals who otherwise would be indoors to escape the normal May heat. The temperature was forecast to be in the 90s by mid-day, so I wanted to complete all my shots in the morning.
Lighting
This photo was shot with natural light. That day was a bit cloudy so the sunlight was filtered. This worked well with the natural dark environment of the eagle's position in its enclosure. The 120mm telephoto setting allowed the camera to pierce through interposing leaves and branches as well as to capture background foliage.
Equipment
This was shot handheld with a Canon 5D Mk IV and Canon's excellent EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. The ISO was set at 100, focal length was 120mm and shutter speed of 1/200. The aperture was set wide open at f/2.8 to achieve maximum bokeh. There was an interposing chain link fence that was kept out of the shot by placing the lens directly against the fence and shooting through a natural opening.
Inspiration
Birds of prey are popular subjects for many photographers, myself included. Unfortunately, in my experience, birds tend to look away from the viewing public and frustrate attempts to photograph them in a flattering pose. In this instance, I waited and watched until the eagle had turned sideways for a profile shot.
Editing
The original photo was shot in RAW format. All post-processing was done in Adobe Lightroom on a 32 inch 4k monitor. First, the photo was cropped at a 1:1 aspect ratio to allow the eagle to be framed at maximum size while still allowing for both foreground and background objects in frame. Then various parameters such as highlights and shadows were adjusted until the resulting photo captured the intensity and the texture of the eagle's feathers and colors.
In my camera bag
My Canon EOS 5D Mark IV always has my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L ii lens mounted on it. That is my go-to lens for the majority of my photos. I also carry several lenses: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM [used for this particular photo], and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. I try to shoot with natural light all the time, but on those occasions where I need an external light source, I use either a Neewer CN-216 LED panel or a Canon Speedlite 580EX. I have tripods by Slik, 3Pod and Manfrotto.
Feedback
Try to pick a day where there is cloud cover to somewhat diffuse natural sunlight. This is particularly important in a place such as Phoenix, where very bright sunshine is the norm. As in this instance, a subject semi-hidden within overhanging foliage will give a nice exposure and afford a natural look to the image without artificial surfaces such as walls and fences. Always leave room for cropping; do not fill the viewfinder with the subject. This allows latitude in framing the image in the most flattering way. If the photo is to be shown on screen, use an aspect ratio that displays the subject in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. However, if the photo is to be printed eventually, adjust the aspect ratio to match the paper size to be used.

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