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African Fish-Eagle

African Fish-Eagle
Photo Information
Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-12 8:52
Viewed: 4587
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends
after a rather long absence I am back with pictures from Kenya. Please enjoy.
Picture taken out of the car using a beanbag, rather difficult light at 11.00 a.m., fortunately parts of blue sky in the bg
thanks for any comment

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-12 8:54]

Hi Tom. Good to see you posting again. This is a fine inflight shot of the Fish Eagle. which you have taken with good detail and colour. A beautiful bird and a weel taken picture. TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-12 8:59]

Hello Tom,
Very beautiful photo of one of my favourites. The pose with the wide-spread wing is very impressive. Great colours and excellent sharpness. Very good DOF and contrast against the BG.

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2008-10-12 9:01]

Nice capture Tom. Everything here is very sharp and well framed. You can actually feel the movement


Hola Tom, excelente captura, con muy buena definición y detalle.
Excelente exposición y atractiva composición.
Un saludo

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-10-12 10:17]

Hi Tm
exellent image
very good sharp and composition
very well done.

Hi Tom, amazing picture, one of the best "in-flight" images for a while, the feathers are sharp and detailed, a magnificent creature... regards h

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2008-10-12 10:22]

Wow Tom, this is just brilliant! I have been missing your beatiful photos... Perfect angle here and you have managed to keep all of the wings in focus.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-10-12 10:54]

Hi Tom

Wonderful in-flight capture of the impresssive African Fish-Eagle.
I really like the pose with the Eagle banking into the shot.
Excellent details and great colours.
I'm just watching the Masai Mara on the big Cat Diarys on TV moment, it looks like a great place to visit.


Hello Tom,
what a nice surprise. I had missed your great posts, but I have not seen them about one year. welcome again.
This is really perfect capture for African fish-eagle. excellent focus, POV, and composition. Exposure, colors and eyes contact also superb. Thanks for sharing, I hope we will see your new posts after that.
best wishes

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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-10-12 15:17]

Hi Tom
Great action shot of this majestic fish eagle
Nice contrast and clear details with good POV
Welcome back.
tfs jon

Hello Tom , excellent capture of this elegant raptor .
TFS and good luck.

October 13, 2008

Tom Conzemius, Hi. Welcome back to TN and this is the second post with the bean bag as tripod I came across today. Both images are sharp and so pristine and looks like I should be getting one too. The full spreading wings in flight is by no means easy to shoot, The exposure and details are amazing with perfectly framed shot. Excellent work and have a wonderful week ahead. Warmest regards. Jusni

striking pic, TFS Ori

Hello Tom,
Impressive photo, I missed here.
Very accurate sharpness concerning this Bald eagle in flight...
Well composed with a lot of space in front of the flying bird.
Well done!

Hy Tom. It's a beautiful bird, congratulacions! This is a fine inflight shot of the Fish Eagle, the feathers are sharp and detailed, everything here is very sharp and well framed ! Best wishes, Florin

Hi Tom,
It is truly amazing: I saw yesterday evening a program on the Geographic Channel about the development of the wing of the A 380 - based on the wing of an eagle in flight i.e. the wingtip is BENT UP to avoid vortex. Hence, the wing does not need be as long as originally thought.

After receiving your kind reply to my enquiry - I had a quick look at your photos - et voila, here is a perfect image of an African Eagle in flight - demonstrating the point...

Your photographic technique is truly perfect: to point the lens upwards at a bird at 11 a.m. and get a sky with some colour is VERY difficult, and has eluded me so far.

I was fortunate to observe this beautiful bird in the Okavango and hear the captivating cry. Unfortunately - in those days we used 35 mm slides, which in the Lowveld (35-40 C in the shade in summer) completely deteriorated...

Your photo is truly remarkable and compares with the best photos in specialised Eagle Books,
Kind Regards

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