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F-15 Eagle
F-15 Eagle

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Challenge: Motion Panning III (Basic Editing)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Machias, Maine
Date: Jun 13, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Animals, Birds
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2009

Pure luck. While on a trip to Maine, there was a big waterfall visible behind the hotel where I was staying, so I stepped out back with a zoom to see if there was any potential. The falls were raging and muddy from too much rain, but as a result I had the camera set to a slow shutter speed when I spotted two eagles chasing each other. I'd never seen one in the wild before, and I fired off a handheld "desperation burst" as they flew past on the far side of the river. So... no setup, no planning, and no second chances: 1/30 sec handheld with a 400mm lens at full zoom and I actually managed a decent shot. :-)

Not much processing- crop and slight rotate to straighten, flip canvas horizontally, levels, USM, channel mixer for saturation.

Place: 10 out of 91
Avg (all users): 5.9717
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 5.1316
Avg (non-participants): 6.1552
Views since voting: 1976
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 212
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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06/24/2009 10:56:20 AM
LOL- I must have missed a LOT of DQ votes! ;-)
06/24/2009 10:01:44 AM
Great to see you get a Blue after what seems a lifetime for you...and with a below 6 score - has to be some kind of record doesn't it?

Edit to add: oops, I thought I was on the first page D'Oh

Message edited by author 2009-06-24 10:03:29.
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06/24/2009 01:48:34 AM
Fantastic shot !!!! Love this. Takes real skill to get the shot that's for sure. Wonderful capture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/23/2009 11:51:48 PM
so quick its nearly out the frame :) nice shot
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06/21/2009 12:37:08 PM
terrific! 8
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06/18/2009 11:23:21 AM
Fantastic capture :)
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06/18/2009 03:23:20 AM
Love the clever title, great shot
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06/17/2009 01:54:34 PM
A good long pan on this eagle - technically very difficult, and also very well done. Just noticed the title - very good!
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