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Golden Eagle through a fence



The fence couldn't be avoided, but the eagle's expression and the light told me that I had take the shot anyway. I'm very glad I did. The Canon E...
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The fence couldn't be avoided, but the eagle's expression and the light told me that I had take the shot anyway. I'm very glad I did. The Canon EF 70-200mm f-2.8L IS II comes through again with a very sharp cropped photo.
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19 Comments | Report
khoitranduc
 
khoitranduc July 02, 2019
Amazing detail
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Steve-n-Ning July 02, 2019
Thank you. This lens has never let me down, even when a fence is in the way.
KatthiR
 
KatthiR July 04, 2019
so stunning
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Steve-n-Ning July 04, 2019
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
Joviaal PRO
 
Joviaal July 05, 2019
The fence makes the image even more interesting. Perfectly focussed.
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Steve-n-Ning July 05, 2019
Thank you. I am pleased that you think so. When I was editing the photo, I became more and more interested in the effect the fence was having on the overall image. I like it more now than I did in the beginning.
RickL PRO+
 
RickL July 06, 2019
Amazing detail,well done
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Steve-n-Ning July 06, 2019
Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.
Lilgurl PRO+
 
Lilgurl July 14, 2019
Beautiful!! Just an incredible shot. I see the expression you are referring to!! I love this!!!πŸ’œ
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Steve-n-Ning July 14, 2019
Thank you. I love it, too. This, the bald eagle, the coati and the owl were all taken on the same zoo visit. Nothing like a great camera lens and a rare cool May day in Phoenix.
Hood PRO
 
Hood July 28, 2019
Beautiful capture and edit!
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Steve-n-Ning July 28, 2019
Thank you. I had to take the shot through a chain link fence, which I thought would mess it up. I was pleased that I was wrong.
shadijafarinia
 
shadijafarinia August 01, 2019
πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ
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Steve-n-Ning August 01, 2019
Thank you.
SandraMSantos PRO
 
SandraMSantos August 10, 2019
Beautiful ????
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Steve-n-Ning August 10, 2019
Thank you ????
bobbytaylor71 PRO
 
bobbytaylor71 November 25, 2019
Outstanding detail, colour and clarity of focus.
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Steve-n-Ning November 25, 2019
Thank you. The detail and color (sorry: colour) took a fair amount of time in post-processing to display.
jackiegoodwin PRO
 
jackiegoodwin December 01, 2019
Lovely detail - thank you for entering your lovely photo into my challenge "animals of any kind" - good luck
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Steve-n-Ning December 01, 2019
Thank you.
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana January 11, 2020
Cool!
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Steve-n-Ning January 11, 2020
Thank you.
yorkielad PRO+
 
yorkielad February 02, 2020
brilliant shot steve sir outstanding feather detail
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Steve-n-Ning February 02, 2020
Thank you, sir. I was happy the fence I had to shoot through didn't mess up the shot.
BarbsT PRO+
 
BarbsT February 09, 2020
The detail is amazing. It's a beautiful photo.
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Steve-n-Ning February 09, 2020
Thank you. This was taken with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Zoom lens. It is another Canon lens with incredible sharpness at all focal lengths.
MMK PRO+
 
MMK February 24, 2020
Amazing capture; am really impressed.
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Steve-n-Ning February 24, 2020
Thank you. I really appreciate the compliment.
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MMK February 24, 2020
Thanx for all the positive feedback & support. This is the first time I have shared my images beyond a small group of family and friends.
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Steve-n-Ning February 24, 2020
My pleasure, Mark. I just re-visited your site and gave an Award to each of your photos. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gallery containing your travels and your creativity.
princess1 PRO
 
princess1 June 25, 2020
Love this photo...what kind of eagle is this?
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Steve-n-Ning June 25, 2020
Thank you for the compliment. This is a Golden Eagle.
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SmallTownKatt July 18, 2020
Congratulations on your Challenge win, Steve!
Hprue PRO+
 
Hprue July 23, 2020
Amazing sharpness and clarity with detail! Great job!
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Steve-n-Ning July 23, 2020
Thank you. This was taken with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L Zoom lens. It is another Canon lens with incredible sharpness at all focal lengths.
ronjudyluv2travel PRO+
 
Incredible shot!
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Steve-n-Ning Jan 20
Thank you, Ron. I was amazed at how the fence I had to shoot through almost disappeared once I got the photo into post.

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Phoenix Zoo.
Time
This photo was taken mid-morning. There was a high overcast that somewhat diffused the usually strong Phoenix sun. This allowed the eagle's feather texture and color to be brought out.
Lighting
As stated above, this photo was taken with natural sunlight which itself was somewhat diffused by high overcast clouds.
Equipment
This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk IV and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II lens. The camera was hand-held. The eagle was a fair distance away, so the focal length was 135mm. The ISO was 125 at f/2.8 and 1/125th second.
Inspiration
This Golden Eagle was absolutely beautiful, but it was behind a mesh fence. I thought at first the fence would be problematic, so I opened the aperture to its widest setting of f/2.8 to get the narrowest depth of field possible. As you can see, the fence is still visible but is blurred in the bokeh.
Editing
Preliminary editing (cropping, highlights, shadows and eye color) was done in Adobe Lightroom. Then the photo was exported to On1 Effects and a preset was used to bring out the colors and textures.
In my camera bag
My Canon EOS 5D Mk IV usually wears a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. That is my go-to lens for the majority of my photos. For this shot, I used a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. I also carry several other lenses: Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. I have one non-Canon lens: a Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2. 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. I have a Canon EOS 7D, a Canon EOS 30D and a Canon EOS 10D, all of which I still have and use as appropriate.
Feedback
Photographing any subject through a fence always poses unique and usually unavoidable challenges. In this instance, the relative distances between the camera, the fence and the eagle allowed the f/2.8 maximum aperture to create a narrow depth of field which allowed the fence to be blurred. When faced with similar obstacles, try to use bokeh to blur unwanted photo elements and make sure the subject is in perfect focus. Use a sharp lens: in this case, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L zoom lens was so sharp that a mole can be seen on the eagle's eyelid.

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