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The Eagle Has Landed

Photo of a Bald Eagle landing on tree limb

7 total reviews 
Comment from Sange

I do live the timing of the head with head bowed and wings open wide. White balance is controlled nicely, but focus is soft due to shutter speed being to low or movement holding camera.
If the head and body we're tack sharp, wing blur is fine.
Nice capture Dan, but for me focus should be razor sharp.

 Comment Written 22-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 23-Jan-2019
    Sadly, I have to agree with you. and this lack of being tack sharp was due to camera movement. As you know sometimes you just get what you get. Appreciate your honest review. That how we improve.
reply by Sange on 23-Jan-2019
    In order to avoid camera movement, I shoot in very high shutter speeds. I am one who does not use Image stabilization on my lenses. I keep them off.
    Also on the lens is says active/normal.
    Most think active on a lens means your subject is moving. only switch lens on active when you are not standing on the earth. Meaning in a boat, car, plane.. then active.
    1/2500 to 1/4000sec are my settings for bird Photography on sunny days.
    This way shutter speeds that high helps if you have movement.
reply by the author on 23-Jan-2019
    Really appreciate the information. I typically have not used a shutter speed that high. You can bet I will work with that in the future. You learn something new everyday. Thanks.
reply by Sange on 23-Jan-2019
    Wildlife Photography requires High shutter speeds and low F/stop around f/4.5 to F/5.6. f/stop can be lower but then you get bright shots.
    I shoot on manual to control my settings. If you are starting, choose S for shutter speed on most cameras or on Canon it is TV.
    Most shoot in A or Av which is Aperture sacrificing speed for light. Any questions PM me here.
reply by the author on 23-Jan-2019
Comment from GaliaG

Pity the focus is so soft, it takes from the initial impact

nice angle of shot and composition

good luck with the contest and thanks for sharing

 Comment Written 22-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 22-Jan-2019
    Thanks for your review.
Comment from michiganmike

A very nicely timed shot. The detail in the eagle is quite nice and the composition is perfect for this contest. I might desaturate the blues a bit though. Best of luck in the contest.

 Comment Written 21-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 21-Jan-2019
    Appreciate your review. Thanks much.
Comment from Artistic Chick

Very nice capture of this country's bird of freedom. You got very finely detailed features which are sharp, well focused. The blue sky with slight translucent clouds is a perfect touch. I always see if a photo or other art speaks to me or causes me to feel an emotion. And considering what the eagle represents to this country, it seems as though he is hanging his head in shame over the violence, and shameful way we Americans treat one another and speak to one another. When our politicians cant even show a little respect and diplomacy when speaking, what does that say about the population voted them into office? How can we resolve violence and terrorism against us and others when we cant control it amongst ourselves. Yes, I see this eagle as hanging his head in shame. I would have titled this :Ashamed of the Country I Represent.

 Comment Written 21-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 21-Jan-2019
    Thank you for your Review. I can agree that we Americans can always strive to treat one another with dignity. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten that we are "one out of many" and to use the our motto: "In God we trust." I can only say this: Our country has and has had many faults. Our strength is that we air them and then allow people of good will to rise and work toward solving those problems. More importantly we are guaranteed those rights. You can't say that in many countries around the world.
Comment from Dick Lee Shia

Aptly captured for the contest theme... Excellent choice of subject. Perfect timing!

An interesting initial impact.

Dynamic extended wings lends a dramatic touch to this wildlife shot.
Just a tad tight on top wing...

Diffused focusing or aesthetic blur...
Grossly cropped?!?

Dead wood and sky made this action portrait more fantabulous!

Best of luck in the contest!
Thanks for sharing...

 Comment Written 20-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 21-Jan-2019
    Thank you for your review and comments. I would agree the cropping may be a bit to tight. I was trying to fill the frame with the wings. I'll go back and revisit this image. I also opted for aesthetic blur to emphasize the bird. Again Thanks.
reply by Dick Lee Shia on 21-Jan-2019
    Remember the rating I gave this? I forgot!
Comment from alaskapat

Nice stop action capture of this majestic bird as it lands on the tree limb, beautiful position of the wings , well focused, the image is clear, exposure is well managed, colors and tones appear natural. Well composed against the blue sky, well presented! Best wishes to you in the contest!

 Comment Written 20-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 21-Jan-2019
    I really appreciate your comments. Thank you very much.
Comment from David Ruhl

Great timing on this shot, and the title is perfect! You can see that he is really focused on the small landing area. It's nice that you had a mostly blue sky for the background. This should do well in the contest.


 Comment Written 20-Jan-2019

reply by the author on 21-Jan-2019
    Thank you very much for your comments. Much appreciated.