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Eagle Portrait

By mark_bullen
Canon 7D
ISO 100
F 5.6
1/400 sec
Flash Did Not Fire
Subject distance 4.52m
Hand Shot

Tags: Eagle Birds of prey Libertys Ringwood Wildlife and nature Eos canon7d

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CathR 9 151 564 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2010 4:22PM
Good capture Mark. Lovely detail including the eye. It's very difficult to get the exposure right with these birds with all the white and dark brown feathers. You have just about held the whites together. My eye was suggesting there might be just a tad burnout on the top of the head but the histogram looks fine. Lovely and sharp, great blurred background. No burn out on the top of the beak.

So a tick in all the boxes and a great shot. The 7D comes up trumps.

Best wishes


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Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2010 5:15PM
Nice sharp eye Mark, but soft beak tip and feathers.

You were quite close to the subject (great to include the shooting distance , helps a lot) , perhaps F8 might have been an alternative choice.

Still a striking portrait !
10 Sep 2010 5:56PM
lovely. A dark background, black, would suite it well I think. It's nice and sharp but the pose is maybe a not brilliant, it's head is at a slightly arwkward angle. If you know what I mean.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
10 Sep 2010 7:11PM
Its a very nice shot Mark.

As mentioned a smaller aperture would have provided more front to back sharpness. f/5.6 at 400mm at this distance gives a depth of field of just one one inch, enough to get the eye good and sharp, but not the rest. To double the depth, you would need f/11. or, the alternative is to move back further or use a shorter focal length. Another trick is to wait until the head is side on.

Good info on this at dofmaster.vom

You havent mentioned if you used a tripod or mono, and if hand held, your speed in on the edge of useable even with an IS lens. However, - nice sharp eye.

I have loaded a mod with an alternate way to crop, sharpened, and recovered some of the white feather detail using the highlight tool in CS4.

Hope this helps


trev4 6 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2010 5:47PM
The angle of the birds head (pose) works fine for me, but more DoF would improve the overall image as has already been said. My main thoughts were the cropping, I feel that more space is needed above the birds head and moving the bird to the left would balance the picture more, that again has been shown in Willie's edit. Apart from that I do thinks its a good image and has great potential.

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