Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

The Boss!

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

55% OFF new PortraitPro 12 - use code EPHZROS414.
Add Comment

Liberty the Bald Eagle is extremely vocal but is a wonderful photographic subject.

I wanted to get the detail not only of her "face" but also to show the amazing structure inside her mouth. It seems to have a comb-like texture (maybe to act in place of teeth).

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 100-300 EX f4 @ 237mm on a monopod
Recording media:ISO 100 for 1/125 sec at f11
Title:The Boss!
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:11 Apr 2005 - 11:57 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
VS Mode Rating Unrated
These stats show the percentage of wins and the rating score that your photo has achieved. You can go to the VS Mode by clicking on this icon.

Signup to e2

Signup to e2 to see which photo this has won or lost against in the vs mode
Votes:25
Has Modifications Modifications Welcome (Upload a Modification)

Comments

liparig
liparig  9233 forum posts United States
12 Apr 2005 - 12:02 AM

wow nice shot
JOe

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

sandyb
sandyb  934 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 - 12:11 AM

wow well done Brien. he has his eye on his next meal. me thinks. sandyb

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

deavilin
deavilin  9322 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 12:19 AM

Wow toooo tooooo close for me, wonderful shot like the detailSmile

Charlotte

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

swami1969
swami1969  10
12 Apr 2005 - 12:24 AM

fantastic and a lovely crisp shot.
swami

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

highlander
highlander  1032 forum posts Scotland
12 Apr 2005 - 12:37 AM

This is a great shot of Liberty, superb pose and excellent detail and clarity.
Well done.
Louise

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

tartanlady
tartanlady  1058 forum posts Scotland
12 Apr 2005 - 12:39 AM

DOH! Sorry to confuse, logged in on the old man's name yet again! Great pic.
Louise

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Jimbob
Jimbob  9 England
12 Apr 2005 - 3:12 AM

Well done Brien. this is excellent. stunning in fact. jimbo

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 3:23 AM

Thanks Joe, Sandy, Charlotte, Swami, Louise and Jimbob

Brian

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 5:51 AM

Sorry Brian - I just can't see the bee ANYWHERE ... I looked and looked and looked!!





j/k ...


Another excellent shot as always. I take it he wasn't sitting on your arm .. Wink

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114435 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 6:17 AM

Spot on as usual Brian....

Ade

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

old timer
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 6:34 AM

+Another beauty, Brian.
Jim

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 7:14 AM

Thanks Suzi, Ade and Jim.

Suzi - it was "Beehind Me" (you deserved that!)

As an aside, and not wanting to sound ungrateful, I seem to be getting very little in the way of suggestions on how to improve my images recently (and I know they aren't perfect by a long way).

I'm a robust soul and like it says in my profile - I welcome negative as well as positive feedback

So come on - find some faults and tell me how to correct them - Please Smile

Brian

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

PatrickSmith
12 Apr 2005 - 7:27 AM

You caught this one just right. I'm trying to see something negative but I don't see much. I guess if it was cloudy, there would be more detail in the shadows.
Patrick

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 7:43 AM

Thanks Patrick, the light was fairly harsh at the time of this shot so to prevent over-exposure of the head feathers I did turn down the Contrast when processing from RAW, maybe a bit too much?

Brian

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

answersonapostcard
answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012491 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 7:49 AM

Looking at the small version it does look a bit flat, you can see detail in the larger version and that pose is an awesome capture. Perhaps maybe there is a way to selectively add contrast, the whites wont be burnt out and you would gain that extra needed, just a thought??? K.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 8:10 AM

Thanks for that K, may be worth a play with Layers?

Brian

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

HAPPYCAM
HAPPYCAM  9 England
12 Apr 2005 - 8:11 AM

Great expression, love the comp ♥Click

:0) Shelley

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

mikeweeks
mikeweeks  9952 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 8:44 AM

looks like we all managed to get a few shots we are happy with

mike

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

alexkerr
alexkerr  9
12 Apr 2005 - 9:17 AM

Love it Brian, excellent image as normal,
Regards
Alex

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 10:30 AM

Thanks Shelley, Mike & Alex

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

kieran
kieran  9
12 Apr 2005 - 11:39 AM

good shot nice vicious eagle
clickSmile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

maggiem
maggiem e2 Member 9332 forum postsmaggiem vcard United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 - 1:19 PM

She's comin' for yer!! Can't add to what has already been said. Lovely.
Maggie

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

bassan
bassan  11
12 Apr 2005 - 1:32 PM

good shot!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

fishiee
fishiee  10457 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 1:55 PM

Managed to get online to comment and post at last!

It's a great shot as others have said already Brian. The sharpness is pretty darn good on that Sigma I must say!

Following your request I have looked at this differently to normal, looking for bad things rather than good things. I do agree with our discussions on the day that there is far to much praise of not so great shots and less pointers on how to improve shots.

I can only come up with small things really:

One of the biggest thing that jumps out is that one side is brighter than the other. A little bit of fill in flash would balance things out better maybe.

If you could time it right you could avoid the slight breeze from ruffling the head feathers on the left hand side. This is achieved more by luck than judgement though!

I personally like to see all of the white of a Bald Eagle's head, so the little bit missing at the bottom of the shot is a little bit of an annoyance to me. I don't know if this shot is cropped at all. I have loads where I did exactly the same myself and again it's a little down to timing too as she was quite active when being vocal.

The colours are a little different to what I get too. Maybe a slight hint of a yellowy cast. I always under expose my shots by about 1 stop these days though to maintain detail which may explain why all mine look different. It could also have something to do with the different lenses we were using.

Again, another personal thing is I like to see is more angle in the shot. Dead head on is good in some cases(not in any of the shots I have taken but I have seen some good ones!), but if it's not perfectly head on it wants to be around 25-45 degrees plus.

Hope these comments can be of some help Brian Smile I might have a play with the colours on this one in a bit.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

fishiee
fishiee  10457 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 1:59 PM

I should add that I'm not saying I can do all this myself btw Brian. Just what I think looks good. If I could combine all those things plus all the good things you already have I'd be laughing, but alas that's not happened yet. I'll keep trying though!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 2:03 PM

Thanks Kieran, Maggie, Sam and John.

Just the sort of thing I was hoping for John, thanks. I'll stick another image of Liberty up under the mods section to see if that is more to your taste. I had two options and couldn't decide which was the best.

edit - its up for comment now

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

fishiee
fishiee  10457 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 2:17 PM

I just spotted it as I uploaded mine Brian. To me there is no choice. The second image is far better. Much more agressive pose and head on this shot works a dream. Much better colours too! A shot to be well proud of!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 2:33 PM

Thanks for taking the time John. I still need to get my "Picture judgement algorithm" refined I reckon! I can see why the second image is better when looking at it through your eyes Smile

I think the colour differnce may be down to two things, I like to give my images a slightly warm colour tone (which brings up the yellow and red a bit) and I suspect we have slighyl different monitor colour calibration. Your image looks a touch "magentary" to my eye but you have the exposure better balanced

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

fishiee
fishiee  10457 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 2:39 PM

Yes the monitor calibration would definitely have something to do with it Brian. That's still a bit of a mystery to me to be honest. I haven't got round to having any more prints developed since I fiddled with all those a while back though images printed at work seem ok (though on an un-calibrated printer!).

Another of my personal likes is to have a slightly cooler look to a bald eagle as I think of them as from cold regions such as Alaska so think a slightly cooler look is more natural.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2005 - 8:38 PM

Its a good shot, though I am not sure on the background. Had a look at the mod you posted and thought that of the two I like the mod one better. Background was good, but I thought the eyes and beak were exceptionally sharp and more fierce. Still both are good shots of liberty. Spot on! Click!!!!

Greg

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2005 - 12:05 AM

Thanks Greg. The background was the sky, not a lot one can do with sky! Smile

Brian

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Patricia Fenn
14 Apr 2005 - 9:54 PM

The larger version is stunning, Brian. Only that bit of burn out above the beak jars me a little.
Think I would have reached for the clone tool...not that I could have come up with a shot like this in the first place Smile

Fab expression, love it!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 109962 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2005 - 8:52 AM

Thanks Patricia

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.