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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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6 3 8 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 12:58PM
Still an excellent image whether its wild or not! Great work!Grin

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bertie1983 6 12 England
20 Aug 2012 1:52PM
great dramatic image
stuart1963 6 272 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 5:02PM
Thank you for going through the "how to"Smile
CaroleS Plus
8 433 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.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 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.
philhomer 8 77 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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