** Weekly X Series Photo Thread 24 FEB - 02 MAR**

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Morris0 Senior Member • Posts: 8,607
Re: Bald eagle in tree: X-T3 + 100-400 + 1.4x

Jerry-astro wrote:

Morris0 wrote:

The eagle pair in Centerport Long Island were trading incubation duties when I visited them the other afternoon. A little while after dad returned, mom took off and I followed her into the woods and managed to find a clear view through the branches shooting up at about 45 degrees. I was happy that to almost filling the frame with her and that the late afternoon light was showing off her lovely feathers. She blasted off a little while before the sunlight turned golden.

Comments and suggestions welcome,


Very nice shot and love the extended wings. Consider bringing up the shadows a bit in post, since there's some beautiful feather detail "hidden" in there that, IMHO, might make the presentation even a bit more dramatic and interesting. However, as with anything, this is very much a matter of personal taste. (BTW, one other approach would be to increase the "exposure" a bit in post for the entire image, then simply bring down the highlights... either would work).

Thank you Jerry,

I'm a big fan of contrast and brought the shadows up just enough to show some feather detail.  I know others like to dig the shadows out more.  I like your idea of bringing up the exposure as I protected the whites.  This would allow for a more natural sky color and I could easily pull down the highlights and/or whites and adjust the black point.  I'm going to play with this method.


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