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Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle
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Copyright: Steph Sayre (Sayre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 30] (164)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70S
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): National Symbols, Birds of Prey [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-29 21:31
Viewed: 3382
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this picture on an Eagle float trip that I took while at an IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) Conference in Tacoma, WA this February. We spotted about 29 different Bald Eagles on the rafting trip (some juveniles and some adults). Since I was the only real 'photographer' of the group and had all my camera gear, the guide let me sit next to him, so I didn't have to paddle. We definitely saw much more incredible flights/catches (of fish) than I was able to get while moving in the raft. But, this was one I liked because of his background. It really showed how we found them.... by their white heads (the juveniles were much harder to spot - being all brown).

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First off, welcome to TN !

Lovely colors with good exposure. It looks like there is a fair amount of detail but it is hard to tell with the image being sized so small. Maybe next time you could post in a size that won't strain my tired old eyes, ;-)

Composition would benefit by placing the eagle more off center.

That being said, congrats on taking such a lovely photo from a raft in the river. Certainly not the easiest place from which to shoot, I imagine.

TFS, Looking forward to seeing more of your work, Mish

great capture, steph, especially when taken from a floating raft.
the branches with the green lichen make a terrific
surrounding for this magnificent bird, but i agree with mish
that a little offcenteredness could be even nicer.
take care & photos, thor.

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