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Took this last week at the Trotters World of Animals in the Lake District. It was a nice sunny day and I have tried to underexpose it slightly as to not overexpose the white feathers on the head. I haven't managed to do this as well as I would have liked. Quite happy with the DOF as the background is blurred. The bird was quite still therefore I didn@t need to worry tto much about the shutter speed. Therefore I used aperture priority on this photo and used F4.5 (largest I could get on my camera at this level of zoom).

I have tried to put the birds eye a third of the way down and left some space for it to look into.

Any comments and advice welcome

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Sep 2011 - 10:59 AM
Focal Length:84.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/680sec
Exposure Comp:-0.33
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bald Eagle
Username:prysor prysor
Uploaded:18 Sep 2011 - 8:28 PM
Tags:Bald eagle, Wildlife / nature
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Jestertheclown
18 Sep 2011 - 8:39 PM

It's a shame that you had to capture the side of his face which is in shadow. I'm itching to say "fill-in flash" but I don't think that the bird would have appreciated it very much.
All is not lost however as there is some detail to be found in the white bit that you'd thought was overexposed.
Well, actually, it is overexposed but it's still usable.
I've aded a mod. in which I've made an adjustment using the shadows/highlights tool and added a catchlight to the eye. I had to guess at the best position for it so you might prefer it elsewhere.
I sharpened it a bit too.

Photoshop is your friend. If you can't get it right in-camera;. . . . cheat.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 18 Sep 2011 - 8:41 PM

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prysor
prysor  5 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2011 - 9:10 PM

Thanks for your comments and mod Bren. It does look better after the mod.

Unfortunately that was the only direction I could take the picture from where I could get close enough to it and not have clutter in the background.

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Jestertheclown
18 Sep 2011 - 9:23 PM


Quote: Unfortunately that was the only direction I could take the picture

Difficult, isn't it.

I've got loads of shots of birds of prey, similar to this and all (I think) taken using a Fuji S5700. Like yourself, I've just had to take them as best I could and rely on Photoshop to get me out of trouble.

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19 Sep 2011 - 12:29 AM

A good shot under the circumstances, - bird looking wrong way, time of day which has the light mainly overhead. I get an occasional bird shot, but I have to admire the patience and instinctive timing the experienced bird shooters have, - I dont have it!


Ive tried a different crop in a mod, - and if you look very carefully at the eye a little brighter, you can actually see an existing faint catchlight, - I enhanced that one.



Regards



Willie

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