Bald eagles in Alaska (4th and final part)

This is the last (and longest)  post of my bald eagle shots from last week in Haines, Alaska. I'm calling this one "the many faces of bald eagles". When you spend a lot of time watching them close up, you realize just how varied their expressions can be and there's a temptation to anthropomorphize them.

All photos were taken in RAW at 5184×3456 with my Canon 7D, additional details given with each photo. The photos shown here are as taken, no zooming or cropping, with slight black/white setting in Lightroom. You can see in the shot of Kimberly below just how close we could get. You don't need camoflauge clothing and lens wraps to get good wildlife shots (I think that stuff looks daft), you just need patience and an understanding of the wildlife behavior. We sat in the same small area for 6 hours a day and waited for the eagles to come to us.

Click on all photos for a 1024×768 enlargement. Full size images available on request. Be warned if you're squeamish – a few of the shots have half-eaten fish in.

 

Above: 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

Left to right below: 1/4000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/5000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/640sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/400sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, handheld; 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, handheld.

 

Left to right below: 1/60sec at f/16, ISO 200. EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 70mm, handheld; 1/320sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, handheld; 1/250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/320sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod;  1/1250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/1250sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1600sec at f/4.0, ISO 200. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/500sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/6400sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/4000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/4000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/2500sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1600sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld.

 

And that's the end of the phot blog posts from last week. Hope you've enjoyed the shots as much as I enjoyed taking them and reviewing them.

And thanks for all the kinds words in your comments!

Bald eagles in Alaska (part 3)

Two more blog posts to go – this one has my favorite flight shots from the week.

All photos were taken in RAW at 5184×3456 with my Canon 7D, additional details given with each photo. The photos shown here are as taken, no zooming or cropping, with slight black/white setting in Lightroom.

Click on all photos for a 1024×768 enlargement. Full size images available on request.

 

Above: 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld. My favorite flight shot of the entire week.

Left to right below: 1/1600sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/640sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, on tripod; 1/640sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/800sec at f/4.0, ISO 800. EF400mm f/4 DO IS lens, handheld; 1/3200sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1600sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod.

 

Left to right below: 1/1000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400. EF500mm f/4L IS lens, on tripod; 1/1250sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld.

 

Left to right below: 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/2000sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld.

 

Left to right below: 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/2000sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld; 1/1600sec at f/2.8, ISO 800. EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens, handheld.

 

Hope you enjoy these!

Bald eagles in Alaska (part 2)

Today we got really up-close-and-personal with the bald eagles up here in Haines, AK. It was a toasty 22F out on the river delta but the light was stunning, coming directly from behind us over the mountains, but without being too glaring.

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This was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II using a Canon EF500mm f/4.0L IS lens, 1/2000sec at f/4.0, ISO 400.

This morning before we left there was a pretty spectacular sunrise, as these two shots below show, taken from the front porch of the B&B we're staying at. Both were taken on the 5D using a Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens, 1/400sec at f/2.8, ISO 200 at 200mm.

 

In the morning I was trying for some portrait shots (like the one at the top of this post). I have far too many to post as the eagles have a huge variety of facial expressions, but the two below are pretty indicative – grumpy and aggressive! These two shots are both with my 7D and the 500mm f/4L IS lens, with 1/320sec and 1/400sec at f/4.0, ISO 400, respectively. If you go to the higher resolution image of the screaming bird, you can see a puff of breath just above the right-hand of the bird's head – it was *cold*!

 

In the afternoon I was messing around with reflections on the river, trying to be artistic, which involved hand-holding the camera and wading into the river to get close to the birds… these three were taken with the 5D and an EF300mm f/2.8L IS lens. From left to right the exposures are 1/1000sec, 1/2500sec, 1//800sec at f/4.0, ISO 400, respectively.

   

I just love the middle shot above as the eagle swooped over the river.

More shots to come tomorrow hopefully – another great day in the weather forecast!