Study Group 2

Ken Warning· (C)

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Title:  Eagle Diving
Goal:   I was at the Mississippi River photographing eagles. I wanted to capture an eagle in flight when in was in the process of diving for fish.
Equipment/Source:   Nikon D750, 500mmF4 lens on a tripod
Technique:   1/1600sec, F8, ISO 180, 

Processing:   Tone adjustment in LR with darkening of blue in sky, sharpening in PS (smart sharpening filter)

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Title:    Eagle With Fish
Goal:   Capture an eagle with fish on Mississippi river in February. Winter is a good time to find eagles along Mississippi River in Iowa near dams. This weekend a photographer was baiting eagles with fish.
Equipment/Source:     D500 camera, 500mm F4 lens, tripod
Technique:    I set camera at 1/1600 sec at F8, auto ISO (560) 

Toning in LR, Cropped LR, Sharpening in PS 

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Review by commentator Rick C.

Nice job on the capture. The wing position is excellent. Primary focus looks good to me as does the sharpness on the Eagle’s head. You might want to sharpen the feet a bit more. Don’t be afraid to sharpen areas independently and use masks to control where that sharpening is applied in the image. You need the larger size on the image for the fish to show effectively. The water feels slightly tipped to the left. I found a slight correction (clockwise rotation) felt more natural to me. The color on the water is a little on the cyan side. I found a Hue adjustment of between +8 and +10 looked more natural for the way I view water.

Too bad about the baiting. Is this a very common practice at this location or is this individual likely to be altering behavior to create a dependency that will not be supported for the long term? Older birds that have foraged for their entire lives may retain older hunting habits, but younger birds could come to look to that area for easy “prey” and be in trouble if there is not a constant supply.

N-3, T-3, P-3 = 9 (I didn’t feel the slight tip and water color were sufficient to hold back on the primary score, but they did keep me from awarding the extra bonus point.)

Review by Prasad D.

Excellent Image in action with a Bait. However, the Photographer who was Baiting the Eagle should be reprimanded as we tend to kill the killer instincts of the Birds and the Animals by feeding them artificially. Good for you as you took the advantage of the situation and made the most of it. Lovely elegant bird and top class picture in all respects.
N-3, T-3, P-3 E-1 Total:10
Review by Larry T.
This is an excellent shot of an adult Bald Eagle with a dramatic wing spread carrying a fish. The nature storyline is clear as a bell, (Wish the fish was bigger)

Technically everything came together for you. All your settings worked---there are no visible blown highlights on the white head, the action is frozen perfectly, DOF from beak to tail is spot on.

What is there to say? You did it right. I like the composition. The diagonal line of the bird from upper left to lower right is dramatic, there is nothing distracting in the background and the eye is fierce to behold. The water drops are just a bonus. I only wish the fish was bigger--- ☺
By the way---I even like the shadow on the water surface.

Still----This is a 10 as far as I’m concerned.
Review by Janice R.
Dynamic, sharp capture of the Eagle. Great focus on the eye/head which is hard to do on a flying bird. Your DOF was also adequate enough to keep the tail feathers in focus and have some detail and still isolate him from water. Love the spray of the water from his wing. Nice job of not blowing out his white head. I love the diagonal line of the bird in the image and the added interest of the light on the water in the foreground. Great job.

N=3, T=3, P=3, E= 1 Total= 10
Review by Sylvia W.
Personally I can never get birds in flight sharp and I commend you for doing so. Nice choice of depth of field and shutter speed which allows the background to fade away and freezes those water drops off the wing adding to the story. I like the diagonal composition which adds a dynamic element to the picture. Nice eye contact with the eagle - couldn’t you get the fish to face you as well. Just joking.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Charlie Y.
nice shot in Feb freeze. with 1/1600s got that sharp eyes, nice. 
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6
Review by MJ Springett
N= the story is fishing, but no fish. I think the story is leaving the water with the splashes visible.
T= great image with sharp eye and splashes, uniform background blurred is not distracting.
P=nice nature shot would make a great print
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by William S.
Very nice nature shot.
I like the detail in the eagle’s feathers and the water droplets falling behind. I would suggest reducing the highlights on the fish to make it more visible in the image. The colors are very good.

The composition might benefit if a little more space was available to move into. Otherwise this is a very attractive image.
N-3, T-3, P-3, E-0, Total-9
Review by Martin P.
I am enjoying the diagonal composition of this image, it really adds energy to the shot. The splash, trailing water works well and we wonder if the bird just failed to catch a fish. The shutter speed has frozen the action well. I am finding the blue of the water very distracting and un natural feeling. The image is nicely exposed overall with nice detail in the wings / feathers.
N-2, T-2, P-2, E-0, Total-6



I live in Menomonee Falls, WI, and have recently retired. I have been actively photographing for over 12 years.  I started by taking field trips to photograph waterfalls in the upper peninsula of Michigan that was being offered by the University of Wisconsin in Waukesha, WI. I still enjoy photographing waterfalls in Michigan, and along the North Shore of Minnesota.  I also enjoy bird photography.  I live less than 60 miles from Horicon Marsh, which is a popular birding area in Wisconsin.  I also try to get to Florida every other year for bird photography.  I will also do some sports, city, and winter photography.

I am a member of 2 local camera clubs, the PSA Wisconsin Chapter, and a board member of the Wisconsin Area Camera Club Organization.