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Bald Eagle Portrait

Bald Eagle Portrait
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Copyright: Mike Hodgson (Fisher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 331 N: 902] (5752)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L USM, Hoya HMC Super 77mm U.V.
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favorite birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-31 10:37
Viewed: 4335
Favorites: 8 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The fence holes were too small for the 70-200mm F/2.8 L to fit through as to why you are seeing grey angle lines. I like the effect.

This Bald Eagle will never fly do to an injury sustained on one of it's wings. 14 years ago I captured this eagle on film which is posted in Trek Nature, named "Mr Eagle eye, Callies request." you'll see it on my intro page.
I was happy to see that he/she was still alive. As you can see as well, they file their beaks, too bad.
Also on Trek Nature you'll see an up close version of this portrait, named, "The Return of Mr Eagle Eye." When cropping using images from a DSLR, not only does the Cmos size has a factor on the percentage of crop, so does the quality of glass used. L series for Canon or VR series for Nikon.

This Bald Eagle is located at the Mountsberg Wildlife Center in Campbellville Ontario.

In CS2, a slight crop for this portrait, mat and name.


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awsome sharpness and colors mike
looks like somthing from National Geographics
love the stare from those sharp eye

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  • mansua Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 613 W: 31 N: 23] (2117)
  • [2006-05-31 11:21]

Excelente, esta como para la portada de National Geographic.
Gracias por compartirla.

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  • Tintin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1885 W: 243 N: 345] (1982)
  • [2006-05-31 12:00]

Beautiful capture, Mike. Nice colours and showing a lot of details. Maybe a bit of lack of sharpness on the beak but great sharpness on the eyes. Well done!

Great eye contact with the camera Mike. The black matt suits this really well. How's your back these days. When are you due for the surgery?

awsome sharpness!! Absolutely beautiful, colour and frame works very well to this photo. Nice!!

Very sharp en colourful picture. A good black window.


Great shot, image quality is very good, quality of the lens realy shows. I like the natural colors that are spot on and the personality in the expression of the eagle.

The VR on the Nikon lenses means they have vibration reduction just like IS with canon. Altought VR is mostly on the better lenses it is not synonymous for Nikon's best glass like I beleive the L is for Cannon.


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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2006-05-31 15:40]

Beautiful shot Mike, ticks all the boxes.
Ten out of ten.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • A-J Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 96 W: 11 N: 34] (435)
  • [2006-05-31 17:02]

Amazing shot.
Excellent sharpness.
Perfefct eagle portrait.

Hi Mike,

What can I say but... WOW..!!!
Excellent portait of the Bald Eagle!

Well done & presented :)

These bird are made for the camera. Such a powerful expression. Love photographing birds of prey...(i got one of a falcon). The presentation is outstanding. Well done.

Hi Mike,

Another classical Raptor photo. Excellent crop, wonderful natural colours, the 'look'. Extremely well presented and exellent notes. TFS,

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2006-05-31 19:23]

Excellent shot Michael, the clarity, color, everything is spot on. Well done, B

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2006-05-31 22:58]

This portrait is a true successful! What a personality has this eagle! Its glance is hypnotic. Great details and colors. Congratulations

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2006-06-01 2:32]

Hello Mike.

A stunner....

The pose, the detail and the postion all add so much here...envy, envy.


Beautiful photo Mike! Pleasure for the eye.
Sharpness.. soft light in background..frame work.. it all fits! Great !! TFS

Smile tomorrow

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-06-01 6:48]

Hi Mike,
This is superb, the sharpness, the colors the excellent DOF, everything is there to create a great photo, Even the lighting almost look like a studio setup. Very well done.

Hi Mike,
This is a fantastic photo of a very regal looking bird. Very crisp image, colors and contrasts, tfs,

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-06-01 17:02]

You're absolutely right Mike: the blurry fence isn't disturbing at all, and it doesn't really show on the face. What a stunning portrait this is! Very well done, TFS, GTF.

This is an absolute stunner. Love it.

Hello Mike!

Thank God , there was a fence between you two !
What an intimidating look!

But most likely, what a beautiful photo. Never mind the lines. It is perfect to me !

beautiful. just beautiful. BTW, did I say this image is beautiful? (oops)

Lovely details, composition, colour, mood and POV in this image. Perfect DOF!

Regards, KONDOR.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-06-02 11:58]

Hi Mike,
superp shot of this eagle, I met him in Campleville, and he is not always easy to capture through the fence. Superp sharpness, Great DOF and lovely colors.
Beautiful prsented in this dark frame.
Have a great weekend.

LOL, you should have gotten the F4, it is not as wide, it might have fit through the fence!!! Superb shot, absolutely stunning! Very well anchored, a perfect light. A nice tribute to the "L" series!

BRILLIANT!!! Awesome photo, only one tiny little gripe, you ought to have used your reflectors to remove the shade on the right side of his face, but extremely beautiful as is.


wow another 10/10 my sincere congratulations,

Wow what an intense gaze, great clarity and sharpness, excellent work. I really like this eagle, I can't wait until the Oregon Zoo gets their eagle exhibit accessable again.

this is really the same one you captured in 1993, mike?!
good to see, hes still around, the poor fellow.
they may have filed his beak but he still got the look.
wonderful eye-contact and superb sharp details.
well done & take care, thor.

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 150 W: 46 N: 144] (1210)
  • [2006-06-29 16:00]

Excellent once again,
Beautiful lighting and contrast,
Gosh your folio is keeping me awake all night :P
I admire you work :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

Hello Mike, this close-up and the details in the feasthers is superb!

Is he looking at you as for a potential prey? :))

The bg is very well done. Not disturbing the main subject.

Very well done with a nice frame. Would be great on a wall.

Take care, Yan :)

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  • samr Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 506 W: 31 N: 401] (3329)
  • [2006-07-18 16:39]

Hi Mike,
It's been a while since visiting, but I sure love this shot. Clear, sharp and so crisp. What a stare - mesmorizing - Great capture and composition. TFS,

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  • ys2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 0 N: 138] (3192)
  • [2006-07-28 16:57]

Good DOF and sharpness. Very impressive eagle, congratulations.

wow, this picture's so clean and sharp!
I really like it

a very expressive regard,a wonderful shot you manage dispite the problem of fence congratulation and very happy to see that eagle is still alive

Great intensity in the stare - a superb capture and a great note to go with it.
Thanks for sharing

super crisp details, i like it specially the contrast,tfs.

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2014-01-08 0:39]

Nice composition.
This pic proves the eagle is the king of the birds
Truly Majestic

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