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Steve-n-Ning

What a great morning. Let's kill something.



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Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23659467 [user_id] => 1414971 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-06-12 01:27:30 [type] => p [comment] => I saw an eagle challenge you should enter with this wonderful shot. [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => mcampi [avatar] => mediafiles/2016/09/19/68643210_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23659471 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-06-12 01:39:48 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. I think I'm in it. I am proud with this end result, especially since I was shooting through a screen fence. [parent_id] => 23659467 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [1] => Array ( [id] => 23660256 [user_id] => 4719672 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-06-12 15:27:19 [type] => p [comment] => Gorgeous and magnificent bird. This is one of the nicest I have seen!! Beautiful😊 [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 3 [username] => Lilgurl [avatar] => mediafiles/2018/11/07/81983639_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23660271 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-06-12 16:00:43 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. I appreciate the compliment. [parent_id] => 23660256 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [2] => Array ( [id] => 23692374 [user_id] => 3863283 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-07-15 09:53:52 [type] => p [comment] => Exceptional composition and photography, love the setting and your eagle is in perfect focus with exceptional use of background bokah [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => RickL [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/04/05/84131574_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23692466 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-07-15 12:03:38 [type] => p [comment] => 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. [parent_id] => 23692374 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [3] => Array ( [id] => 23743014 [user_id] => 4856581 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-08-27 02:01:10 [type] => p [comment] => So beautiful [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => TreyS [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/06/28/85362292_75x75.jpg [role] => [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23743023 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-08-27 02:18:41 [type] => p [comment] => 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. [parent_id] => 23743014 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [4] => Array ( [id] => 23859823 [user_id] => 4468846 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-11-25 03:06:00 [type] => p [comment] => Awesome ... [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => bobbytaylor71 [avatar] => mediafiles/2018/04/05/78318215_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23861849 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-11-25 17:54:04 [type] => p [comment] => Many thanks. [parent_id] => 23859823 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [5] => Array ( [id] => 23863023 [user_id] => 3867223 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-11-26 18:00:52 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you for submitting you wonderful photo to my Best Nature Photo challenge! Best of luck! [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Eddieuuu071 [avatar] => mediafiles/2017/04/16/72466333_75x75.jpg [role] => Premium [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23863194 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-11-26 20:24:08 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you for your appreciation. Now I only have to wait on the voting public - here's hoping. [parent_id] => 23863023 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [6] => Array ( [id] => 23869416 [user_id] => 4862366 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-12-02 09:34:04 [type] => p [comment] => Gorgeous bald eagle! The details are incredible! [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Poodlemom2012 [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/07/01/85398169_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23869597 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-12-02 11:10:11 [type] => p [comment] => 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. [parent_id] => 23869416 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [7] => Array ( [id] => 23870270 [user_id] => 4710382 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-12-03 00:08:47 [type] => p [comment] => great photo [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => jamesfkilmartin [avatar] => mediafiles/2021/01/14/92417607_75x75.jpg [role] => [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23871514 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2019-12-03 18:57:08 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. I truly appreciate the compliment. [parent_id] => 23870270 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [8] => Array ( [id] => 23997320 [user_id] => 221842 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-03-05 12:29:38 [type] => p [comment] => Same with this, another runner-up, thanks for entering [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => toddjudd [avatar] => mediafiles/2018/12/04/82340703_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 23997340 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-03-05 12:38:31 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. The owl and eagle shots both were taken during the same zoo trip. I need to get back there one of these days. [parent_id] => 23997320 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [9] => Array ( [id] => 24059889 [user_id] => 5319184 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-04-18 21:19:45 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you for joining my challenge, and good luck. Katt [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => SmallTownKatt [avatar] => mediafiles/2020/10/22/91424062_75x75.jpg [role] => Platinum [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24060040 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-04-18 22:27:49 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you, Katt. You keep creating great Challenges, and I will keep entering my best stuff. I appreciate your efforts; I know how much work it is managing a Challenge. [parent_id] => 24059889 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [10] => Array ( [id] => 24168213 [user_id] => 613861 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-02 07:14:18 [type] => p [comment] => I love your photos and I love nature. Keep up the great photographs. [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => loribrunette [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/09/10/86309687_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24168214 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-02 07:20:50 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever received, and it's done in one concise sentence. Bravo! [parent_id] => 24168213 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [11] => Array ( [id] => 24172614 [user_id] => 3479141 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-05 23:26:19 [type] => p [comment] => Fantastic! Congrats on the People's Choice win! [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => RMBphoto [avatar] => mediafiles/2016/06/01/66352378_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24172692 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-06 01:42:17 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. This is my favorite wildlife photo. [parent_id] => 24172614 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [12] => Array ( [id] => 24172856 [user_id] => 3795147 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-06 05:25:04 [type] => p [comment] => Hi Steve, Congratulations on your win with this beautiful eagle portrait. [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Joviaal [avatar] => mediafiles/2018/07/07/79861891_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24173575 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-06 15:06:33 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you, Joop. I enjoyed taking it, and I especially enjoyed editing it. [parent_id] => 24172856 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [13] => Array ( [id] => 24180682 [user_id] => 3867223 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-12 12:01:39 [type] => p [comment] => What a wonderful photo! Thank you for entering my challenge “Best of 2020”. Good luck. [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Eddieuuu071 [avatar] => mediafiles/2017/04/16/72466333_75x75.jpg [role] => Premium [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24181555 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-12 23:07:41 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. I wish you all the luck editing entries and selecting the ultimate winner. I am sure you will get many amazing photos. [parent_id] => 24180682 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [14] => Array ( [id] => 24199822 [user_id] => 3858102 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-25 04:34:04 [type] => p [comment] => Beautiful [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => bebe10 [avatar] => mediafiles/2017/02/18/71450344_75x75.jpg [role] => [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24200178 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-07-25 09:35:09 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. I truly appreciate the compliment. [parent_id] => 24199822 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [15] => Array ( [id] => 24238371 [user_id] => 5550860 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-08-20 13:23:30 [type] => p [comment] => Absolutely Stunning! [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => LadyAnneBoleyn [avatar] => mediafiles/2020/07/24/90276311_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24238844 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-08-20 17:03:31 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you, Jessica. Over the course of 50+ years of photography, this photo ranks in my top 10 favorites. [parent_id] => 24238371 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [16] => Array ( [id] => 24314786 [user_id] => 5567296 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-10-04 14:40:00 [type] => p [comment] => So beautiful [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => jameswilliams_1806 [avatar] => mediafiles/2020/08/06/90451059_75x75.jpg [role] => [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24314801 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-10-04 14:53:08 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. This is one of two eagle photos I have that have garnered over 900 Awards between them. Your photos are amazingly creative - great work! - Steve [parent_id] => 24314786 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [17] => Array ( [id] => 24352832 [user_id] => 4274517 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-10-25 13:30:15 [type] => p [comment] => Beautiful Eagle with excellent background [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => edhendricks [avatar] => mediafiles/2018/01/26/77184058_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24353218 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-10-25 15:57:46 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. This is one of two eagle photos I have that have garnered over 900 Awards between them. I appreciate all the attention they have grabbed. - Steve [parent_id] => 24352832 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [18] => Array ( [id] => 24355337 [user_id] => 2082811 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-10-27 04:13:42 [type] => p [comment] => magnifique [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => CPKphoto [avatar] => mediafiles/2020/05/24/89441697_75x75.jpg [role] => [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24418732 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-12-04 18:06:28 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. [parent_id] => 24355337 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [19] => Array ( [id] => 24408902 [user_id] => 5431600 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-11-27 21:03:40 [type] => p [comment] => Amazing capture! [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => ronjudyluv2travel [avatar] => mediafiles/2020/04/28/89090806_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24408910 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-11-27 21:19:13 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. This photo has garnered more Viewbug Awards than any of my other shots. I used Canon's superlative 70-200mm f/2.8L ISM II lens. Then I cropped out anything extraneous. I shot with the lens wide open at f/2.8 to maximize bokeh. [parent_id] => 24408902 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) [20] => Array ( [id] => 24416384 [user_id] => 3439546 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-12-03 07:54:39 [type] => p [comment] => A Wonderful close-up , very nice work . [parent_id] => 0 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => brianwelch [avatar] => mediafiles/2021/02/15/92811131_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO [source] => comments [replies] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [id] => 24417973 [user_id] => 4752900 [media_id] => 85006792 [dateCreated] => 2020-12-04 08:36:44 [type] => p [comment] => Thank you. This is my most popular photograph. - Steve [parent_id] => 24416384 [ip_address] => [title] => [status] => 1 [username] => Steve-n-Ning [avatar] => mediafiles/2019/10/13/86711814_75x75.jpg [role] => PRO+ [source] => comments ) ) ) )
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi June 12, 2019
I saw an eagle challenge you should enter with this wonderful shot.
Steve-n-Ning PRO+
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.
Lilgurl PRO+
 
Lilgurl June 12, 2019
Gorgeous and magnificent bird. This is one of the nicest I have seen!! Beautiful😊
Steve-n-Ning PRO+
Steve-n-Ning June 12, 2019
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL July 15, 2019
Exceptional composition and photography, love the setting and your eagle is in perfect focus with exceptional use of background bokah
Steve-n-Ning PRO+
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.
TreyS
 
TreyS 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.
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
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.
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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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toddjudd March 05, 2020
Same with this, another runner-up, thanks for entering
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Steve-n-Ning March 05, 2020
Thank you. The owl and eagle shots both were taken during the same zoo trip. I need to get back there one of these days.
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SmallTownKatt April 18, 2020
Thank you for joining my challenge, and good luck. Katt
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Steve-n-Ning April 18, 2020
Thank you, Katt. You keep creating great Challenges, and I will keep entering my best stuff. I appreciate your efforts; I know how much work it is managing a Challenge.
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loribrunette July 02, 2020
I love your photos and I love nature. Keep up the great photographs.
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Steve-n-Ning July 02, 2020
Thank you. That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever received, and it's done in one concise sentence. Bravo!
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RMBphoto July 05, 2020
Fantastic! Congrats on the People's Choice win!
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Steve-n-Ning July 06, 2020
Thank you. This is my favorite wildlife photo.
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Joviaal July 06, 2020
Hi Steve, Congratulations on your win with this beautiful eagle portrait.
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Steve-n-Ning July 06, 2020
Thank you, Joop. I enjoyed taking it, and I especially enjoyed editing it.
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Eddieuuu071 July 12, 2020
What a wonderful photo! Thank you for entering my challenge “Best of 2020”. Good luck.
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Steve-n-Ning July 12, 2020
Thank you. I wish you all the luck editing entries and selecting the ultimate winner. I am sure you will get many amazing photos.
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bebe10 July 25, 2020
Beautiful
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Steve-n-Ning July 25, 2020
Thank you. I truly appreciate the compliment.
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LadyAnneBoleyn August 20, 2020
Absolutely Stunning!
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Steve-n-Ning August 20, 2020
Thank you, Jessica. Over the course of 50+ years of photography, this photo ranks in my top 10 favorites.
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jameswilliams_1806 October 04, 2020
So beautiful
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Steve-n-Ning October 04, 2020
Thank you. This is one of two eagle photos I have that have garnered over 900 Awards between them. Your photos are amazingly creative - great work! - Steve
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edhendricks October 25, 2020
Beautiful Eagle with excellent background
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Steve-n-Ning October 25, 2020
Thank you. This is one of two eagle photos I have that have garnered over 900 Awards between them. I appreciate all the attention they have grabbed. - Steve
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CPKphoto October 27, 2020
magnifique
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Steve-n-Ning December 04, 2020
Thank you.
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ronjudyluv2travel November 27, 2020
Amazing capture!
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Steve-n-Ning November 27, 2020
Thank you. This photo has garnered more Viewbug Awards than any of my other shots. I used Canon's superlative 70-200mm f/2.8L ISM II lens. Then I cropped out anything extraneous. I shot with the lens wide open at f/2.8 to maximize bokeh.
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brianwelch December 03, 2020
A Wonderful close-up , very nice work .
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Steve-n-Ning December 04, 2020
Thank you. This is my most popular photograph. - Steve

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 35mm f/1.4L II USM 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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