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golden eagle portrait

By philhomer  
Taken at a 'country fayre' rather than one my normal controlled environments - but obviously still a cheat as not wild.

The owner/handler was housing his birds in / against a black tent - so dialing down on the exposure compensation ensured that the black was black and brought out the detail in the subject, this is NOT a superimosed / composite image and was simply done in camera or even was done simply in camera or perhaps done in camera by a simpleton... either way very easy Wink

Relatively high ISO required as it was fairly dark - 800 chosen as this was my better camera and not likely to see noise.

Shot at 190mm focal length (full frame camera) so, with -1 EC, not only gave me black-black but also 1/200 sec shutter so (theoretically) ok regards reciprocity although i was using my camera bag as a makeshift beanbag / support to 'play safe'. too slow a shutter would have potentially caused the beak to blur as it wavered during cry.

Tags: Golden eagle Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: BIGRY1, Jaydee007, gwynn56 and 15 more


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Comments


BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 12:58PM
Still an excellent image whether its wild or not! Great work!Grin
Ryan

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bertie1983 4 12 England
20 Aug 2012 1:52PM
great dramatic image
lou
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stuart1963 4 272 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 5:02PM
Thank you for going through the "how to"Smile
CaroleS Plus
6 417 3 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 5:34PM
Now I begin to see!! You did make the most of the opportunity, really is an eye catching image.
Carole
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
20 Aug 2012 6:16PM
Your technique described is every but as absorbing and instructive as the image which is very well timed.
The high ISO has been well handled by the Canon.
Ronnie.
philhomer 6 65 32 England
20 Aug 2012 9:50PM
Thanks for the votes and comments, i hope i can continue with the mild-instructional tone without offending or patronising the masses.

Whilst i am not a great fan of 'flashing' animals a similar efect can be achieved in less than perfect environments - if for instance you have 6-8 feet behind the subject before a 'bad' background, try a high -EC for the background and a very subdued fill-in flash for the subject.

If the subdued flash cannot reach the background then it cannot light it and the -EC can render it black, whilst your flash reaches and illuminates the required subject making it 'pop' from the black.

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