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Russian Eagle taken at a Bird of Prey demo near Lincoln. The bird was sat on a post and just about to launch into flight. I was trying to cature the birds focus on the keeper who had some food ready to take. It was the best of a number of shots trying to get some shots of this bird in flight.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Mar 2013 - 1:05 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:I'm Coming to get You!
Username:briantjjones briantjjones
Uploaded:19 May 2013 - 1:07 PM
Tags:Birds of prey, Eagles, Flight, Wildlife / nature
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Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 1:09 PM

Nice!,,,, Ian

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briantjjones
19 May 2013 - 1:13 PM

Ian, Thanks. The shot made my day Smile

Cheers, Brian

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mex
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19 May 2013 - 1:49 PM

Hi brian, quick mod, high-pass sharpen=levels to brighten=new layer select b/g=motion blur= add text flatten layer, hope this works for you, a cracking shot to start with.
cheers phil.

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briantjjones
19 May 2013 - 2:02 PM

Phil, Thanks for your mod, I like it and it does give the impression the bird is in flight
Cheers, Brian Smile

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alligatorpants
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19 May 2013 - 3:16 PM

Beautiful!

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banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2864 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 5:06 PM

A very classy shot. Great pose and timing. Highly reminiscent of the Gargoyles on the corners of the Chrysler building in New York City.

very little to add for critique: slight exposure increase; improve eye detail by targeting the eye to lift shadows.



Done in the mod,



regards



Willie

Last Modified By banehawi at 19 May 2013 - 5:07 PM

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Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2013 - 9:24 PM

A very nice image Paul, love the crop.

I have included a mod where I have lightened the shadows, increased the contrast, added a small amount of saturation and sharpened the image.

Trev

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2013 - 11:35 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Potentially superb but the eye should be the most demanding thing here, and it is rather dark. Try a bit of judiciuos dodging of the eye and under the chin. Care though, soon looses contrast and that would be worse.

Paul

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briantjjones
20 May 2013 - 12:30 PM

Again a big thank you to you all, especially for the modifications. After coming back to photography the post prcessing is the part I struggle with most so your mods are most useful and help with the step learning curve using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. Any suggestions on the best place to pick up tips on these would be also appreciated.

Thanks, Brian Smile

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mex
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20 May 2013 - 2:13 PM

Hi brian, got most of my stuff off youtube and on here.
cheers phil.

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briantjjones
20 May 2013 - 2:32 PM

Phil,

Thanks for info. Also forgot to say I really liked your portfolio, especially the portraits.

Cheers, Brian.

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mex
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22 May 2013 - 1:13 PM

cheers Smile

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