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    Posted: 21 May 2020 at 05:43
Lucked out while out with my fam fishing for crab. (That is, the fam fished, and I stood around with my 400mm hoping for an eagle) I elected to leave off the teleconverter being optimistic he would come closer... and he did. :)

All photos with A99ii and Minolta 400/4.5 HS G.

Click on pic for larger better file!!

He was up in a tree quite a ways away for a good long while.... I just waited and then finally he took off - towards me thankfully.
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He did a loop and flew straight at me at eye level before climbing over my head.
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Seagulls and crows harassed him, but he seemed to just ignore them.
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5. He took a new perch, still aways off, but closer. He was there so long, I now regret not popping the 1.4X TC on for a better portrait - but I was too afraid he would take off while I was switching over. lol



6. Was lucky to have cam on him when he took off again... and double lucky he again flew nearer to me.



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10. This one, the only one I have picked for my Flickr so far. Zoom in at Flickr for larger size.
A Glint in His Eye by Mike Nash, on Flickr

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Thanks for looking!!

Best regards

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Edited by WestCoastCannuck - 21 May 2020 at 05:58
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Mike,
Those are great grabs of this majestic raptor.
I think with the a99ii and its 42MP sensor, a TC is a bit optional because you can crop the image taken with the native lens and still get excellent IQ.
My favourites are the ones taken against the sky or the clean OOF background, although the others do show context.
Can't see any tags on its legs so presumably a truly wild specimen.
Thanks for sharing ... and hope the rest of the family came up with the goods for your crab dinner.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Mike,
Those are great grabs of this majestic raptor.
I think with the a99ii and its 42MP sensor, a TC is a bit optional because you can crop the image taken with the native lens and still get excellent IQ.
My favourites are the ones taken against the sky or the clean OOF background, although the others do show context.
Can't see any tags on its legs so presumably a truly wild specimen.
Thanks for sharing ... and hope the rest of the family came up with the goods for your crab dinner.


Thanks Joe!! Yes, definitely a wild one - I have never seen one with tags actually. The only non wild ones I have seen were captive rescues.

Alas, unfortunately the crabbing was a bust - but all still had a great time. lol Was fun trying too close candids with the 400 on the closed in space of a fishing wharf!! haha
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Nice ones, Mike!
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For much of nature photography it is the experience that remains and seeing one of these wonderful creatures in this way is memorable. As to the images, #9 is the one I like best. Having the terrain in the background with just a bit of overlap with the eagle provides an anchoring element that appeals to me more than the totally blue sky only image like #1 (which is quite nice). Great day you had.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mambo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 May 2020 at 14:52
beautiful shots Mike.
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Great work Mike!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JST1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 01:33
Splendid, all.
We can talk technique, but why?
You were there and you got it done.
P.S. You might have clipped the wings if you had used the TC.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 May 2020 at 02:31
Thanks much everyone! It was indeed a great day. Well worth standing about with lens ready. It really is like fishing.... mostly I get nothing, but not this day. :)

For the record, the first several were at F9 up until landing on the post, Expand Flexible Spot, AFC. 1/1250s Compressed raw. 8fps

The one with the half lidded eyes at F4.5

The take off and the rest at F5.6. AFC, zone AF, in Hi Speed - compressed raw (8fps). 1/2000s

All photos cropped to taste... I think. There may have been one or two as is.

Best regards

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Lovely shots! I agree with Roger's analysis of number 9, making it my favorite as well.

If we may talk technique a bit, or rather post-processing, I would say a .5 EV boost to most or all of these might be nice. For me they all seem a bit dark.
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Originally posted by brian33 brian33 wrote:

Lovely shots! I agree with Roger's analysis of number 9, making it my favorite as well.

If we may talk technique a bit, or rather post-processing, I would say a .5 EV boost to most or all of these might be nice. For me they all seem a bit dark.


Thanks much Brian! Critique ALWAYS most welcome! I really appreciate.... I have had issues with being too dark. They look fine to me - must calibrate monitor again I guess.
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