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Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 0:53
Viewed: 7454
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 110
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a picture from my first series shots taken with new long-awaited rare telelens (which was arriving to me from Singapore whole 8 months) in Odessa Zoo. In this connection, I would like to concern one question that gets debatable character on TN pages. It is a question about zoo and wild nature pictures.

Some comments put under doubt legitimacy (in the certain degree) of such pictures. Therefore I would like to give my view on this point.

Zoo and zoo pictures.

1. For many people it is a unique opportunity of direct contact to wild animals.
2. In a zoo there is an opportunity to make pictures of high quality at close distance.
3. In small territory it is possible to meet many various animals and for a short time period to take various series of animal photos.
4. The good picture of an animal in itself has the big educational potential both for the photographer, and for the spectator.
5. Many people have no opportunity to visit even zoos and photo sites well cope with a problem of spread of knowledge about the wild nature.

1. Conditions of a zoo not often give representation about a habitat of an animal.
2. It is impossible to receive rare pictures on a subject, characteristic for a life in the wild nature.
3. The photos taken in a zoo, possess smaller value, than the photos taken in conditions of the wild nature as art of a photo hunter is not needed.

Wild nature pictures.

Photos of the wild nature are deprived of all lacks peculiar to the previous type of shootings. However some lacks are inherent at such photography. These, first of all, are

1. The limited availability of such kind of a photography (for many people).
2. Complexity of execution of high-quality alive pictures.

But if such pictures have been taken, their values immeasurably increase.

I believe, that both of type of a photography have the identical rights to existence. Negative comments appear when authors of such photos "forget" to mention the fact, that their photos have been taken in a zoo. But it is a question of observance of rules of a site.

Personally I did not go to a zoo about 20 years. The Odessa zoo is very old. It is located in the city centre in a very small territory. How animals have gone through the crisis years, I don't know. But conditions of the maintenance of some animals simply are not admissible in the modern world. Nevertheless bent for a photography of wild animals (and new lens) has forced to overcome my emotions and to find oases, worthy shootings.

Looking at this charming creature, I declare: "The photo is a greater force". And we, lovers of the Nature, armed by the cameras, all together, are the great force too.

About Golden Eagle see:
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle

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Dear Alexei,

Dobri, DOBRI foto!!!

What a shot. Just PLEASE don't tell your eagle where my lil "Whiskers" lives! Actually we have eagles here in the wild, that migrate to and from Cape Breton. I may be able to find a shot of two fighting eagles...

Anyway great shot, zoo or no zoo! Beautiful detail! Again: Dobri, DOBRI , DOBRI!!!

Jay, aka Jasha

Hi Alex,
Perfect close up shot. Superb sharpness, great details, and very neat image.

Ben Lakitan

hi alexi,
this is a lovely portrait shot,
well composed, with nice pov,
details captured very well,
tfs & regards

Hello Alexei,
this is an excellent portrait shot from the Golden Eagle. I love it. Excellent sharpness, details and great POV. Very good exposure und very nice bg. This is an excellent composition. Your note about the theme "pictures in Zoo and in the wild" is very good.
- I pictured my tropical butterflies in the butterfly house, tropical animals in the Zoo, eagles and falcons in the eagle station (in the wild its very, very difficult - to make a portrait shot nearly not possibly) - my pictures from the Racoon and the Red fox are from the wild. But for this picture I had done hard work. I know any Lumberjacks and Rangers! (this is very good) Than I must have many, many times for picture my animals. And you must have the right equipment. My foxes I pictured with 5 megapixel (17,4 fach) = f:609 and the 1,5 x Fuji Converter, than I have f:913 5and ASA 400. (with tripod) And I use frequently a remote release.
Thank for this wonderful portrait shot my friend.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-29 3:18]

Hello Alexei,
Of course this is an excellent close portrait of an Eagle and I take exception to my own rules in giving you credit for that because i very much appreciate your note.
I agree with all that you say in your note and zoos, butterfly farms and aviaries have their value. But I especially agree that people who show any photo, wherever taken, must say where the photo was taken.
However, for me personally wildlife is in the wild and my photos and critiques relate to nature in the wild state.
If one has the will and imagination, it is always possible for a city dweller to take a shot of an animal or plant in the wild state.
Spaciba, tavaritch!
Best wishes for 2007!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-29 5:36]

Hi Alexei,
Perfect pose and gesture, wonderful colors and excellent focus. I like this portrait. I like your note; bad conditions for animals in zoo occurs in places without crisis too.
Jos M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-29 5:48]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful portrait of this Golden Eagle in profile showing excellent details. Lovely colours too.
I agree entirely with your note. As natural habitats are rapidly being destroyed on our planet, perhaps Zoos and Wildlife parks will be the only places left for us to see many species. But while there is some wildlife left I hope all nature photographers will, if possible, make the extra effort needed to go out in nature and look around for potential subjects to photograph - there are many beautiful weeds, fungi and fascinating insects still around, even in the cities! This is so much more challenging than going to a Zoo and capturing a Lion which has been done million times before!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-29 5:55]

Hi Alexei

First of all, congratulations on finally getting your long awaited lens. I honestly hope and think it was worth the wait an i'm sure you'll take great photos with it.
Now coming to your photo - it's wonderful!
I really like the close-up and the composition here with this impressive golden eagle.
The details here of every feather are super sharp and clear, the colors really shine and look charming and the eye-contact is excellent.
Terrific work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

PS: I also like what you wrote in your note. It's a sensible subject, but you handeld it gracefully :)

Hello Alex,
I personaly think that taking photos in Zoos isn't wrong in any way, but it's no doubt a lot easier than in nature. Therefore even bad picture taken in nature can give lots more satisfaction than a perfect one taken in Zoo :-)

As for this one, I really like it! The light, details and framing are perfect. The picture is very sharp and clear.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-29 6:01]

Bonjour Alexei!

Bravo pour cette belle prsentation,les dtails du plumage sont parfait et l'oiseau est tout fait Magnifique.
Merci pour le partage!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-29 6:46]

Hi Alexei,

Congratulations on you new toy and its been worth waiting for with this great capture, really nice portrait shot with a excellent POV and fabulous pose, superb sharpness and perfect colours.

I can see you are in two minds about taking pictures in a Zoo, although I would prefer to take shots in the wild I realise that depending where we live and what mobility we have, that is not always possible. I never used to agree with Zoo's but now realise some Animals are so in Danger in the Wild, maybe Zoo's and consevation projects will be the only think keeping them from extintion.

I think though if we take shots of Animals in Captivity it would be good if we could give a donation to a conservation project that involves the Animal in the shot, and also add a link to the project to help publicity, that way we would be helping a little.

Have a Healthy and Happy 07
TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Alexei,
First, A very beautiful portratit on this Golden Eagle. Amazing quality light and a spot on exposure have the colors and detail in the plumage looking superb. Second, I shoot many of my exotic animal shots at a zoo or other type of preserve. Foe many of us this is the only way to get close enough to take good photos. My goal is to try and make them look like they did not come from a zoo by carefully controling backrounds. I think it looks excellent!

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-12-29 7:16]

Hello Alex,
This a great portrait shot.
Good clarity,excellent detail and a nice POV.
Great note too.

A happy new year to you!

Hi Alexei,
Good sharp bird..and well detailed.
The only thing here is you can see or suspect it is taken in a zoo due to the background. If you can avoid that one...it is just a great pic IMO.

bonjour alex
mme sans arriver a en faire un portrait ,j'aimerais bien prendre un rapace.il y a beaucoup de faucon crecerelle par chez moi mais tres mefiants.
ce portrait est parfaitement net,tres detaill et avec une exposition bien maitrise.

Salut Alexei
Superbe composition,j'aime bien l'clairage et les magnifique couleurs et la nettet de ce beau portrait de ce bel aigle dor,son regard est impressionnant.
Bravo et au revoir....JP

Hello Alex,

excllent work, Great colors Bg pOV DOF perfcet detail svery crisp, nicly composed and capture photo excllent work,

TFS Kyle

Excellent capture Alexei.
Sharp & detailed, excellent contrast, exposure and color. Nice POV and close comp in your profile portrait as well :)
Happy New Year!

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2006-12-29 11:11]

super portret, ostrosc i kolor.

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-29 11:21]

Hi Alexei,
Beautiful clear shot.Very nice details,blurry backgound and colors.
Well done.
Happy new year

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-29 14:09]

Amazing and razor sharp portrait my friend with great focus.

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
Lighting: *****
Background: ***
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: -
Note: *****

An excellent example of a capture in captivity.
My best wishes for 2007... Ricardo

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-29 14:31]

Hello Alexei,

This is a stunning close-up of the Golden Eagle. Exposure and details are exceptional and it is perfectly framed. A favorite of mine.

I agree with your analysis of zoo photos vs. photos in the wild. I believe that a technically great photo is great regardless of where it was taken. Some people do not have the opportunity to see wildlife in their natural habitant. It is true that a photo in the wild is valued more because it is more rare and difficult to obtain. I do appreciate it when people tell where their photo was taken.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-29 15:15]
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Privet Alex,
Ochin krasivaya photographia.Chista vishli glasa i peria.
S Novim godom!
Hope you can understand what i'd write:)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-29 16:26]

Hi Alexei

This is a lovely head shot, great details, lovely POV and good light. Nicely done



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-29 17:24]

That is really sharp, Alexei.
I guess your new lens was worth the long wait. : )
Great close-up with excellent POV and exposure.
I like the wide range of values in the brown feathers.
TFS. : )

Hi Alexei

This is stunning. Love the colours. Very nicely composed. Good catchlight in the eye. Nice camera work. Best wishes for 2007 :-)

voici une macro extraordinaire, de toute beaut, bonne russite, couleurs nettes et bons dtails

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-29 18:54]

Que buenos detalles y agradable disparo , buena nitidez luz y color... Muchos saludos Alexei

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-29 23:08]

Hello Alexei

A beautiful portrait of this eagle.I found one of these beauties once with an injured wing and brought it to a shelter.They are amazing birds.Excellent DOF and POV.The details are sharp and well focused.Excellent colours.TFS


Hola Alexei,
Bello retrato de gran composicin y extraordinaria nitidez. Mis mas sinceros deseos para el 2007. Un cordial saludo

Hello Alexei,
Bravo for this so interesting, wise and complete note about conditions in which pictures are taken. I must say that I share your point of view on all those points you mentioned. As I'm concerned, I never took a zoo picture because I have this great chance to be blessed with many aerial subjects very close to my home but I know that if it wasn't the case, I would have to go to a zoo or a similar place to learn and to share animal's pictures. It is obvious that I will never be able to photograph a wild tiger or a wild lion except if I travel in a foreign country someday. My subjects are often the same but I have a great time observing them, learning about their habits and dealing with this challenge of photographing them in their habitat. This said, I have nothing against pictures that are taken in a Zoo. This is a consequence our past and present decisions as a human race that made animals in the wild rarer and more and more endangered. I think though that it is important that people write in their notes where their pictures are taken. Sometimes they are pictures taken in the wild and I think they are from a zoo and vice versa.

So, this is a great portrait of this majestic bird. This POV, details, colors, composition are really excellent. The exposure is spot on with excellent natural colors. TFS,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-12-30 10:07]

Hi Alex!
Thanks for your warm greetings, all I can say I wish all your wishes come true in 2007, no doubt you've acheieved perfection in some of your photos like this one, great view and amazing details, Happy New Year and a successfull one too!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2006-12-30 14:08]

a wonderful portrait this is! You are right about shots of animals in captivity: they are as welcome as any other animal pic. I would insist only that any zoo pic be declared as such. "The photo is a greater force". When I visited Odessa in 1997 I did'nt know about a zoo there, I am glad to learn about it through you, Alexei. Thanks
With my best wishes to a New Year, Dietrich

Superbe, que de dtails,que de jolies couleurs,quelle belle photo. bonne et heureuse anne a toi et ta famille. Amitis Thomas

Dear Alexei,

very clear, well composed picture. Beautiful softness of colours. A pleasure to look at, as with all your carefully, skilfully and thoughtfully taken pictures!

Thank you also for taking up the theme of zoo pictures here. I agree with every item of your very well expressed pro's and contra's.

Zoos are offering a very useful playground for testing an equipment, to become familiar with an equiment in order to operate it successfully in the "field".

On a site like this one that is declared to focus on wildlife, pictures taken in a zoo - or an insectarium - or in botanical gardens - definitely should stay a tiny minority. Not so much for reasons of "fairness" in a sports competition where it does make a difference if you are "shooting at sitting ducks" or not - but for the educational value of such a site. It definitely is confusing to find the image of an animal e.g. belonging to the fauna of New Guinea appearing as taken in Canada, the Netherlands, Austria or wherever they cannot be found in the wild.
When I search a database of wildlife images e.g. for "United States" I expect to see pictures of animals living there in the wild, and no pictures from animals I can only see in a zoo or insectarium of that region. Instead of adding to the knowledge of wildlife, zoo pictures tend to be adding to further confusion. So everyone of us taking part here should be invited to reduce the contribution of zoo pictures to a minimum.

Congratulations, Alexei, for finally receiving your new tele-equipment. Looking forward to seeing more of your outstanding captures!

With thanks, and all my best wishes,


Hi Alexei
fantastic portrait of this magnificent eagle!
the sharrpness and the expression of the bird are really unique!
Happy new year my friend!

real hard expression of zeal and the ability to hunt and kill
the head feathers are displayed well
good crisp eye and textures
background suitably handled
happy new year

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-02 14:56]

Hi Alexei,
I think you captured a very powerful bird here. Amazing details on the feathers and beautiful colours. Good sharpness.
TFS Paula

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-03 14:11]

Hello Alexei,
a very detailed close up. I like the composition with the wonderful OOF background. POV, sharpness and crop are great.

Hi Alexei,
Congratulation to your long awaited telelens. The picture is exceptional. Crystal clear like nothing in between. Thanks for sharing this masterpiece.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-04 11:28]

hello Alexei
here is impressive portrait photo of this handsome eagle. i like its exposure, point of view, depth of field, using of light, colours, focus, sharpness and details in your photo

You've got a great portfolio and some amazing shots this is another favourite of mine detail is wonderfull excellent DOF seperating the bird from background technically spot on well done best rgds Necip. Sorry points tomorrow.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-15 12:36]

Hi Alexei.
It is splendid very close - up of this portrait.Very nice side angle look gives nice view of beautiful sharp details plumage,eye and beak.Primarily eye and soft hair near eye are amazing.Very good diffused light does colours very pleasantly saturated and natural.Head bird is very well insulated from blurry background.
My admiration and thank you for sharing,that's your very nice work with presentation hereof splendid bird of prey.
Best greetings Milos

Hi, Alexei.
Nice eagle portrait. Very good details, sharpness and exposure. Light is beautiful. Well composed. Peaceful BG. Good work.

Dear Alexei ,
wow , this is wonderful imge.
excellent focus and great sharpness.
very well composition and amazing colors.
well done.
thanks my friend

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-21 13:02]
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Hello Alexei,
One of my favourite subjects and a bird I've never photographed. Nicely controlled exposure and good detail, the new lens looks good. An unusual expression you've caught here too. Both you and Dean (Dando) are giving me inspiration to seek and photograph this majestic bird. Great work and interesting note too, I agree with your assessment.
Best regards,

unreal photo. Like you were inches away. Great color especially his eye!. A new favorite and I wholeheartedly agree with your views on Zoos!


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Hola Alexei.
Excelente imagen, muy buena la composicion, muy nitida.Me gusta mucho la mirada del aguila.Saludos.

privet Alexei!

I noticed you have a good collection of animal portraits, and this is one of the best. great details, good colors.


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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-04-25 16:38]

hello Alexei

magnificient portrait of this wonderful bird+
the details are very good due to a very good sharpness+



Hello Alexei,
An excellent portrait, where you convey the strength of this bird very well!
Good light and fine details in the plumage, colours are very natural...
Subject is well framed in a fine pose!
Pablo -

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-12 2:00]

Amazing look. WOW. How you manage to get in so close.. Hmm. Excellent shot friend. D>Tmrw

Hello Alexei!
Wonderful portrait of the eagle! I like a lot point of view and eye-contact. DOF and details are more than very good. I like also natural light and information from note :)
All the best and have a very nice weekend!
Greetigs from Poland,

Hello Alexei

Excellent portrait of the Golden Eagle,
with fine POV to show it on its expressive glance,
beautiful warm light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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