I returned a couple of days ago from Bosque Del Apache NWR after leading another workshop there. This image was captured the day before the workshop started when I was out scouting for the latest stuff going on. Sunrise was great and this eagle flew in and landed nearly in front of me. I moved over a few feet, got lower and captured this frame. I raised the shadows in the eagle just a touch to reveal a hint of the white head / tail.
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Is this a composite: No
300mm f/4 with 1.4x TC
1/3200, f/7.1, ISO 2000 (clearly didn’t need that high an ISO, but I was shooting other things in the shadows earlier)
I like the colors and you blurred the background well. I think I might have zoomed in more on the eagle or cropped the photo to make the eagle a more prominent part of the comp. Nice job pulling out the white head and tail.
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and comments. I know there isn’t a right answer on cropping, but the reason I chose to leave this as full frame is largely my thoughts as shared in this article. I still believe that too many of us try to fill the frame and it doesn’t add to the quality of many, many images. For each image, we all need to make that choice. Again, not implying there is a right or wrong answer.