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The Boss!

By brian1208
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).

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: liparig, sandyb, deavilin and 22 more

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liparig 17 233 United States
12 Apr 2005 12:02AM
wow nice shot
sandyb 17 34 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 12:11AM
wow well done Brien. he has his eye on his next meal. me thinks. sandyb
deavilin 17 352 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 12:19AM
Wow toooo tooooo close for me, wonderful shot like the detailSmile

swami1969 17 2 India
12 Apr 2005 12:24AM
fantastic and a lovely crisp shot.
highlander 17 32 Scotland
12 Apr 2005 12:37AM
This is a great shot of Liberty, superb pose and excellent detail and clarity.
Well done.
tartanlady 17 58 Scotland
12 Apr 2005 12:39AM
DOH! Sorry to confuse, logged in on the old man's name yet again! Great pic.
Jimbob 16 9 England
12 Apr 2005 3:12AM
Well done Brien. this is excellent. stunning in fact. jimbo
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 3:23AM
Thanks Joe, Sandy, Charlotte, Swami, Louise and Jimbob

SuziBlue 18 16.2k 10 Scotland
12 Apr 2005 5:51AM
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
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
12 Apr 2005 6:17AM
Spot on as usual Brian....

old timer 17 55 1 Scotland
12 Apr 2005 6:34AM
+Another beauty, Brian.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 7:14AM
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

PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
12 Apr 2005 7:27AM
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.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 7:43AM
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?

12 Apr 2005 7:49AM
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.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 8:10AM
Thanks for that K, may be worth a play with Layers?

12 Apr 2005 8:11AM
Great expression, love the comp ♥Click

:0) Shelley
mikeweeks 16 978 3 England
12 Apr 2005 8:44AM
looks like we all managed to get a few shots we are happy with

alexkerr 17 21
12 Apr 2005 9:17AM
Love it Brian, excellent image as normal,
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 10:30AM
Thanks Shelley, Mike & Alex
kieran 17 4
12 Apr 2005 11:39AM
good shot nice vicious eagle
maggiem 17 339 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 1:19PM
She's comin' for yer!! Can't add to what has already been said. Lovely.
bassan Plus
18 15
12 Apr 2005 1:32PM
good shot!
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 1:55PM
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.
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 1:59PM
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!
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 2:03PM
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
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 2:17PM
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!
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 2:33PM
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
fishiee 17 478 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2005 2:39PM
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.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
12 Apr 2005 8:38PM
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!!!!

brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2005 12:05AM
Thanks Greg. The background was the sky, not a lot one can do with sky! Smile

PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
14 Apr 2005 9:54PM
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!
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2005 8:52AM
Thanks Patricia

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