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Bald Eagle II

Bald Eagle II
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Copyright: Stephane Ra (Watershed) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 2 N: 61] (291)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED, Hoya HMC Super UV (0) 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-11 13:50
Viewed: 3930
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. It is probably one of the country's most recognizable symbols, and appears on most of its official seals, including the Seal of the President of the United States.

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  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-11 19:05]

Hello Stephane,
Great inflight capture with great details, thanks for sharing.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-11 21:52]

Hello Stephane

A lovely shot of this majestic bird.Very good capture in full spread.Sharp details and great focus.TFS


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-04-18 20:16]

Hi Steph,
Nice shot of this Bald Eagle, one of my favourite subjects. You've captured some great detail in the head and tail-feathers. It's a little underexposed but they are difficult to photograph, the black and white and of course a bright sky really confuses the camera's meter. A nice vertical composition and nicely placed in the frame.

I quite often shoot in manual mode when photographing against a plain sky, but this is only good in even and consistent light. I set the shutter speed to where I want it (which depends on the available light), use spot metering and meter from the sky, adjusting the aperture until the camera shows a correct exposure. I then take a few test shots and look at the histogram, make any further adjustments and that's it. After doing this for a while you will get a feel whether to overexpose or underexpose.

If the light is not consistent (sunny with some clouds for instance) I use shutter priority mode. I set the metering to matrix, the shutter speed where I want it and let the camera set the aperture. Again a few test shots and if I need to adjust the exposure I do that by modifying the exposure bias. This way as the light changes, so does the exposure but always with the bias I have set. With the manual setting, the exposure never changes unless I change the aperture.

Anyway, hope this helps with your in-flight work, this is a good shot.

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