DPChallenge: A Digital Photography Contest You are not logged in. (log in or register
 
Challenge Entries
Portfolio Images
This image is not part of a public portfolio.
Dinner Secured
Dinner Secured
jbsmithana


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Birds (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: Heart Lake, Anacortes, WA
Date: Jun 6, 2005
Aperture: F5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2005

This is not the best bird shot I have ever taken but it was definitely the most fun. Got it on the first day while out fishing and was never able to get another shot of action that I could use. Three eagles were taking fish as we tried to reel them in so I threw this one part of my catch and then grabbed the camera while in a rubber raft, pretty tricky! This is the only shot that was in decent focus. Tried multiple times but these buggers were so fast and close. I plan on going out again and getting a better shot when the weather permits. Win or lose it does not matter, this was a gas.

RAW Conversion using RSE set at auto exposure, minor adjustments to white balance, noise reduction at 20, saved at highest quality jpg. MS Image Pro used to do significant crop (shot at 28mm so image of eagle was small), adjust levels and curves, minor second noise reduction, resize and save.

Original date/time: 2005:06:06 13:27:43
Exposure time: 1/1600
Shutter speed: 1/1599.05
F-stop: 5.0
ISO speed: 400
Focal length: 28.0000
Focal length (35mm): 42
Flash: Not fired
Exposure mode: Auto
White balance: Auto
Exposure bias: -0.3333
Metering mode: Pattern
Exposure program: Aperture priority
Camera model: NIKON D70

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 289
Avg (all users): 6.8957
Avg (commenters): 7.6923
Avg (participants): 6.7333
Avg (non-participants): 7.1327
Views since voting: 3316
Views during voting: 457
Votes: 278
Comments: 50
Favorites: 10 (view)


Please log in or register to add your comments!

AuthorThread
09/01/2006 11:55:50 PM
One of my favs,I have tried to get similar pics but have failed,good job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 08:09:43 PM
Fantastic catch!!! He did good too...tehehehe
Keep up the great work.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/19/2006 03:15:13 PM
Very nice shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/07/2005 10:34:10 PM
How cool....
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/21/2005 10:17:37 AM
JB, what a great shot. And reading the story, it sounds like you had a ball getting it. This was a pretty hot challenge, with many many very good photos and a lot of high scores. Makes your top 20 finish all the sweeter! Congratulations!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2005 12:29:16 AM
Congratulations on your top twenty finish. This is an image that invites a second and third look. Great.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/20/2005 12:15:07 AM
Wow! 43 comments, 4 favorites and my highest score ever (by a whooping .034)! Thanks to all for the comments and the votes. I think most of the questions you asked are explained above. As you can see I did not have a lot of choice on composition and the like but feel lucky to have gotten this.

Message edited by author 2005-06-20 00:25:40.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2005 09:00:12 PM
really cool action shot. Good job! Seems a little oversharpened - might just be me. 8 - good luck in the challenge!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2005 08:40:52 PM
Amazing capture and one of my top scorers.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2005 08:26:00 PM
Wow, nice shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2005 07:06:12 PM
What a capture - deserving of high score. Good comp too and a majestic subject.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2005 04:04:25 PM
Excellent capture of a moving target.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/19/2005 03:17:14 PM
This is a shot I would kill for ;-) good work
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2005 09:53:42 PM
Nothing like a good dinner capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2005 12:40:28 PM
I think this would have benefited from more deapth of field, but nice capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/18/2005 04:15:25 AM
excellent capture - a ribbon winner for sure
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/17/2005 12:54:53 PM
Great action shot of the eagle Nicely done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/16/2005 08:06:23 PM
Fantastic shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/16/2005 01:57:29 AM
Great catch! Unfortunatly noisy, like high ISO or quality scaled down too much?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 09:39:52 PM
Nice catch! Looks a bit grainy in the wings - here's where the 1000mm lens would have been helpful.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 09:26:21 PM
Perfect timing!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 07:56:31 PM
great shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 04:33:18 PM
Fantastic action capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 10:42:47 AM
Awww....if the head was just a touch more focused this would be tops...still a great capture
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 09:17:55 AM
Very good timing. The colors are a little too bland, though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 08:40:59 AM
amazing frame
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/15/2005 01:51:45 AM
very interesting. unfortunately, made me think of staged performance instead of wilderness action. Maybe because the eagle looks so beautiful against a rather drab scenery. like the way the fish appears to still be fighting. wish a longer lense was used to blur out the background. wish the colors and focus were a bit stronger. overall nice comp and capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 10:56:10 PM
Fantastic, I wish i could you an 11.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 05:20:01 PM
Nice catch!(no pun intented)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 01:03:14 PM
brilliant photo! 10 from me!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 11:50:36 AM
Wow this is an absolutely extraordinary capture, how long did you have to sit and wait to get this one? Job well done! I am always so envious of shots like this, one to be proud of for sure. Good luck! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 10:54:25 AM
Great stop action! I love the placement and angle. For prints, I suggest cloning out some of the white spots in the trees. Great job! 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 10:35:04 AM
fantastic capture. with a slightly shallower DoF the attention would be fully focussed on the bird and the moment you have caught so well. Have to mark down slightly as an image because the background is distracting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 09:29:43 AM
Nice catch (in more ways than one)! Could have used more contrast, a bit unlucky that the shoreline goes through the bird.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 09:27:05 AM
Superb action shot, but colours are weak. Could have benefited from a little more brightness and contrast.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/14/2005 02:21:59 AM
Ohhhh, man. This would have won the contest minus the graininess. I'd give it a ten if i were voting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 11:21:45 PM
This is one fantastic capture..my only complaint is that I wish he were a little closer to the camera...7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 08:40:20 PM
Okay, so the shot is not the sharpest but I have to give you points for getting this capture. 6 Good luck!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 05:08:12 PM
This is beyond AWESOME! An EAGLE!!! Carrying a big fish! Wow! Congratulations on such an amazing capture!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 03:04:57 PM
my kind of photograghy...well captured
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 01:39:29 PM
well captured
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 01:16:28 PM
Great shot. Unbelievable capture; it shows the immense wingspan of the bird and strength to fly with cargo. Maybe a little too much noise? Try and post-edit more true color into the white on the head and green in the trees.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 09:07:16 AM
Nice. What a lucky shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 07:20:59 AM
nice action shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 06:39:06 AM
Yoink! Excellent capture there.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 05:45:05 AM
this is such an incredible shot and it should ribbon 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 04:47:35 AM
What a moment to capture - well done. It is a bit noisy but with a fast shutter speed and not enough light, what can you do?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 02:20:48 AM
Awesome capture ... well done and good luck
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 01:07:30 AM
WOW what timing!
great job! 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/13/2005 12:57:51 AM
What an amazing image!! The action of this shot is superb...a truly great capture. I wish that the detail was a little more clear, there seems to be a lot of noise in the photo. Colors look wonderful!
  Photographer found comment helpful.


Home - Challenges - Community - League - Photos - Cameras - Lenses - Learn - Prints! - Help - Terms of Use - Privacy - Top ^
DPChallenge, and website content and design, Copyright © 2001-2021 Challenging Technologies, LLC.
All digital photo copyrights belong to the photographers and may not be used without permission.
Proudly hosted by Sargasso Networks. Current Server Time: 09/21/2021 01:04:08 PM EDT.