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Keeping with eagles for now, this shot is of a wild bird, taken in Norway , in January. It was rather cold, the short horizontal lines are pieces of sleet blowing oast. it was VERY windy. The fox was bait, shot by a farmer.

We had waited from around 7 am in a hide until nearly 2 pm, when the light was going before this one eagle came in.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jan 2009 - 1:57 AM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Golden eagle feeding on a fox
Username:Daxiesmum Daxiesmum
Uploaded:5 Feb 2012 - 8:31 AM
Tags:Eagles, Raptors, Wildlife / nature
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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
5 Feb 2012 - 8:47 AM

Superb capture, and well worth the wait for this shot. Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 8:47 AM

Another fine natural history image. Different kit this time? I do think you could bring the detail out on the eagles featers with the dodge tool a bit.

Paul

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 9:07 AM

Have done a mod. The original is quite a bit under exposed if you look at the Histogram and the EXIF and your comments do confirm the conditions. For ISO1600, the sharpness and tones are good. Conditions can be difficult to deal with when you get the chance of a great shot as here and allowance has to be made when commenting in all fairness.

However, in competition, the judge cannot judge on degree of difficulty, just end product and that is worth remembering.

Having said all that, this is still an admirable effort - just brighten it up a bit.

Paul

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 11:24 AM

Given the conditions I'm surprised you've done as well as you have with this, great natural looking image....

Ade

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 - 1:32 PM

Great shot, Rebecca,
Tony

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Daxiesmum
Daxiesmum e2 Member 2Daxiesmum vcard United Kingdom
5 Feb 2012 - 1:35 PM

This probably isn't my final version of this amage, but to be honest, it was dark when I took the picture. A version somewhere in my files has done quite well in competition. In fact these three all have. I have pretty much given up on club competitions, preferring to try my luck in Nationals and internationals. Which is quite fun.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2782 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 4:12 PM

Another fine image, worth waiting for. Apart from the subject, it does have a good sense of that early fading of light in northern latitudes.

I dont think we are going to tell you anything you havent already figured out, - these are pro level quality, so the feedback will be very much personal opinions.


Ive loaded a mod, - and I would suggest a crop from the left, - just a little, and in colour balance, theres a very slight tendency towards blue in the blacks, so corrected that, which results in a very slightly warmer look. Ive lifted the shadows on the chest very slightly.


Terrific result using 1/60 at an effective 800mm.




regards



Willie

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2012 - 7:30 PM

great composition, lovely low viewpoint to make you feel at the same level as the eagle, good interaction with the prey ,it has it all.

as others have pointed out, it looks a tiny bit underexposed but that may be your choice to match the ambient lighting.

the eye looks sharp and is quite visible but i wonder if the limited depth of field is biased more onto the fox than the bird as the fg detail seems incredibly sharp and the birds feathers just in.

perhaps a tiny bit of work to increase the contrast locally on the birds feathers and a bit of selective sharpening would give more impact.

it is a great shot, has it picked up any acceptances in the salons. the eagle in flight in snow is my personal favourite of the 3 and i would have loved the opportunity to have a shot at that one.

im not sure the critique gallery is for you, or if the main gallery would be a better place because your images are clearly of a very high standard and im sure you are equally as capable at natural history as any of the team members, but im enjoying seeing them and of course you are more than welcome to invite critique because its a pleasure to review top class work as long as you appreciate that any comments are only our opinions.

if you opt for the main gallery i am confident you will soon pick up a following from the nat hist contingent and additionally have the opportunity to be spotted easier for potential awards, however you need to have a look around and click here and there to get noticed but from a selfish pov im enjoying this super series here in the critique gallery.

best regards
Phil

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