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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Predaceous birds - Aves predadoras, E.Y.E.S, Animal portraits, Birds of Canada (chapter two), Bald eagles head, Ptaki [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-28 11:47
Viewed: 5371
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The second shot of the bald eagle, can't make my mind up if I prefer this one.

American Bald Eagle
Haliateetus leucocephalus

Range: Bald eagles, a type of sea eagle, is found throughout North America with large populations existing in Florida and Alaska.

Habitat: Their preferred habitat are areas found around lakes, rivers, freshwater marshes, swamps and along shorelines.

Diet: Bald eagles prey upon ducks, seabirds, fish, rabbits, squirrels, rats and sometimes carrion.

Reproductive Behavior: Male and female mate for life. They have several courtship behaviors while in flight. The most spectacular of these consists of locking talons in mid-air and descending several hundred feet in a series of somersaults.

Special Features: Eagles reach sexual maturity by age five to seven years, at which time they lose the dark, juvenile feathers on the head and tail and replace them with white plumage.

This one is called Liberty, I took this shot at the Liberty Raptor Centre in Ringwood. The centre is named after this bird.

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Nice pick again...
I add your picture to the "bald eagles head" theme :-)
I just like these birds !!!

Hello again Michael,

This one is my preference of the two.

An amazing portrait and sharp details, the whole composition is exceptional, (including the frame).

Congratulations, thank you!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-28 12:58]

Hello Michael,
Excellent shot !
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.
Well done&TFS

Hi Michael

Short on time again today, but enough time to look at this stunning shot. Very good POV. Good depth of colour. The lighting gives a great mood. Sharpness, clarity and detail are all spot on. Nicely composed work. Thanks.

Good portait of the eagle!

I like the composition and the focus is very sharp.

It might be my monitor adjustment, but I feel the shadow are little to dark. As an Ansel Adams admirer, I like to hint of details all over including dark shadows. However I also like deep saturated colors like its face and its beak. I tried a WS on it to increase shadow details. I'm not saying it's better, it's just my preferenc.

Great shot and TFS

Stands out well against the dark background Michael.
Focus and exposure are spot on, the good lighting has really helped to bring out the detail, very nice work.


Excellent shot Michael, great lighting, details and sharpness, nice bg and contrast. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-28 15:55]

Excellent portrait Michael. Name of this bird is obvious - it looks bald and proud. Highest quality, perfect capture.

Hi Michael, very moody lighting. Lovely details and I like the composition, very nice work.

Hi Michael,
This is a very nice portrait of this eagle.
The framing is perfectly corresponding with the attitude of the eagle.
I also like the colors and the great lighting.
Bravo !

Nice shot Michael,
Good colour, detail and sharpness.
Well composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting, have a good weekend.

Excellent portrait Michael! Beautiful light, nice POV and DOF. Excellent sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing!

This is another fine shot of the Bald Eagle Michael. Superb sharpness in your portrait. Color, exposure, POV & DOF are all excellent. Very well done & Thank You.

Hi Michael,
Another stunning shot of the Bald Eagle. Very dramatic lighting here. Beautiful color and razor sharp detail.

Very beautiful portrait of this magnificant raptor. Paul :)

What a regal shot...fantastic image,colour and detail...

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-30 11:29]

Hi Michael
Stunning portrait taken in such pretty light. Superb details and lovely colour of the beak.
Regards Toni

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-30 14:46]

Michael, this is a painting. Everything's excellent here: sharpness, composition, pov, dark bg and dof.

Strong visual impact, amazing details.


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  • delfi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 35 N: 11] (106)
  • [2005-11-12 17:23]

Dear Micheal,

My compliments on the pic. I in particular like this shot and also the way you've presented it with the artwork-frame.

A job well done !

However, when comparing the workshop pic of Alain with yours, I got a little bit concerned. In general, I like the work of Alain. But (probably in an attempt to make it better) in this case, the workshop pic has been over-processed: it now has has become useless for commercial purposes. Contrast has diminished, overall it has become too bright and colors are bleached, thus less saturated, in-accurate. Because of the boost in brightness, a "digital grid" (USM, wrong pixel setting?) now clearly shows, which makes the picture look low-res JPEG or as if it was printed on canvas and photographed afterwards. I myself don't like that "canvas-look" when it comes to photos, not even if it was intended. Also a lot of noise is now clearly showing (esp. at the bottom in the feathers), and that by itself makes this photo useless for (commercial) publishing.

That said, what I don't understand is that you have marked this workshop as useful ?

In my opinion it is a perfect example of "the blind leading the blind" (no offense, non-personal). In my opinion Alain should have considered his authority on Digital-photo processing before "tutoring" you.

When it comes to digital-processing of photos, in most cases less is more ! So my advice would be limit yourself to minor, cosmetic changes, typically color balance only (for neutrality, haze elimination, which boosts perceived contrast slightly by accomplishing digital-white or RGB-levels max in the brightest pixels -if present) and slight overall brightness levels -without boosting so much, that noise becomes clearly visible- for this type of photography. After-all, in general: "fixing" a photo means that the photo wasn't good to begin with, and (extensive) digital-processing doesn't always make it better, not to mention the fact that ones photography improves by it.

Only process a photo if you are certain that it improves overall-quality. Always compare processed-results with the original, and each time it's been processed, ask yourself: has overall-quality really improved ?

Best regards (to the both of you).

Hi, Michael. Great image with excellent colour and light, wonderful detail and nice presentation. Good work. I see Pompey is doing well in the premier div. just like the old days. Regards, Roy.

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  • jack123 (306)
  • [2007-02-26 12:18]

une photo de toute beauté et d'une qualitée technique irreprochable
bravo ;o)

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