Sarita Yeola  

Bald Eagle and Qsprey by Sarita Yeola

April 2021 - Bald Eagle and Qsprey

About the Image(s)

Bald Eagle Chasing an Osprey: I took this picture on a walk along the Chattahoochee river in December 2020. I heard loud sound on the other side of the river when I quickly focused my camera and took a couple of pictures before the osprey disappeared into the trees and the bald eagle flew in the other direction. I was able to tell that it was a bald eagle and an osprey only through my lens. I cropped the original to the final image.

Nikon D500: 300mm, ISO 320, f/6.3, 1/4000s

6 comments posted

Christine Walas   Christine Walas
Wonderful action shot.

To me, the focus looks soft.
I have had problems emailing photos. They have good focus in PS and LR, once I put them in an email message, not so good.   Posted: 04/12/2021 07:17:05
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I think this is a different issue. This image is 1 MB , rather than just 167kb. I am putting in comments on Sarita, but thought I would explain why I'm pretty sure these are not the same issue.   Posted: 04/16/2021 14:48:57
Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Hi Christine, thank you for your comments. In the past I had issues where the email browser would reduce the size during transfer. But I have not had that problem for a long time now. As Sherry said she received a 1MB file so that is not the issue. Please see my thoughts in my response to Sherry's comments.   Posted: 04/16/2021 17:00:31

Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Sarita love that you got the two biggest competitors together! The action is fantastic and must have been fun to watch!

It is a tad soft. I just got one of two Osprey fighting over a fish and had the same problem with the first bird slightly out of focus and I was set on F/7.1, but they were farther apart. Some of the softness may be due to noise so I tried Topaz Denoise AI and it did improve it somewhat. I suspect the Osprey is a little soft because you were only using F 6.3 which did not give you high enough depth of field. It did help some though and I have attached the image. Christine suggested it was size but this was 1MB exactly so that would not have caused the issue.

If you've not tried Denoise AI, I highly recommend it. They have a month trial free and it is probably the best software I've ever used (except for LR/PS) but they can't do as good a job as Topaz for noise. They also have a Sharpen AI, which I have and rarely use unless I'm desperate. But when you are shooting birds in dark places and have to up your ISO to get a decent image I find it very helpful. Usually my image is sharp except for the noise from 1200 (or higher) ISO. In fact I find if I shoot a lower ISO and the image is darker there is even more noise, and you know if you don't have that shutter high you'll never freeze the action. So just my thoughts.   Posted: 04/16/2021 15:57:12
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Sarita Yeola   Sarita Yeola
Hi Sherry,
Thank you for your comments. I was so far off from the subject that I think even the f stop at f/6.3 should have been able to capture both subjects. I think, everything happened so fast and I was panning so maybe the focus moved from the subjects. I was pretty happy that I was able to see the eyes on both birds. The image is cropped quite a bit as well, probably introducing some of the noise.
I purchased topaz Denoise and Sharpen AI just last week. I spent quite a bit of time this week and last sending many of my favorite images through denoise and sharpen. It is really awesome I will try to send my original of this photo through the denoise and sharpen and see how that transforms the image.. Thanks for the recommendation.   Posted: 04/16/2021 16:50:57
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I know exactly what you mean and to get these two together is quite an achievement! I think you will find particularly with wildlife photography it is not at all unusual to have to use high ISO. Even if the sun is out and bright. I was using EV a lot for darker birds but on the new mirrorless I find it less helpful. I gave up on Auto ISO with the mirrorless as well since I was not really getting good results. The good news is with mirrorless you get realtime exposure in the viewfinder which is helpful.

My biggest challenge is going back and forth between my D500 and the Sony a7r4. The buttons are in different locations and I forget what I am using ! What I find is the D500 is exceptional when paired with the 500pf lens as long as you have good contrast. When you don't the lens is way to slow to latch on. While the Sony is really fast on AF with birds in flight regardless of contrast. So it really depends on your preferences. I still love my d500 but there are times the Sony way outperforms on auto focus if there is contrast.   Posted: 04/17/2021 09:48:55


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