Else Seligmann  

Juvenile Sea Eagle in Pursuit of Fish by Else Seligmann

November 2020 - Juvenile Sea Eagle in Pursuit of Fish

November 2020 - Else Seligmann


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Would love to know how to define the R outer wing of the adult Sea Eagle, and how to make the background less obtrusive. I could lighten the photo, but my preference is for dark and dramatic. It was a very grey overcast day. Shot freehand while standing on a rocking speeding boat, with my Nikon D5, f7.1, -1.33 (otherwise the whites lose definition), ISO 400 (variable as speed and light are more important), Speed 1/3200, 460mm (150-600; couldn’t telephoto out fast enough). There were 5 people in the way, I was shouting “It’s always worth trying no matter what the distance" to all the other photographers, and I was the only one to get the shot, so I consider myself very fortunate. It would have been perfect to have a view of the fish as well, but either the head of the adult or juvenile did not show on any of the photos where the fish was visible.

5 comments posted

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Else you did a great job capturing the eagles in flight. I agree that having the fish would have told the whole story as to why the juvenile was chasing the adult eagle in this photo. However, the photo is still amazing.
I am sure others may have better methods for better defining the adult eagle's right wing. I did go back to your original photo and edited it in Lightroom. I increased the contrast and exposure to bring out the eagle's wings. I reduced the cropping you did as I feel a slightly larger view gives more context to the scene and provides some leading lines to the eagles. In addition as you cannot see the fish and the eagle's eyes are hard to see, I think the background plays a greater role in telling the story in the photo. I removed the tilt to the background shoreline. I removed the red sign in the background as it takes your eyes away from the eagles. I also removed a couple of white spots on the lower left corner of the photo. Either something was on your lens or your sensor needs to be cleaned. Let me know what you think if these edits.   Posted: 11/11/2020 07:15:57
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Else Seligmann   Else Seligmann
Hi Thorro. Thank you for your comments. It's always a toss up between more detail vs background for the story. I wanted to emphasise the eagles' claw and the feather detail, as the background was so out of focus in the low light. Levelling the horizon puts the eagle in a slightly unusual flying posture, and what I tried to capture was the amazing skill of the younger eagle leaning slightly backward as it reached up below the adult as it flew higher. How did you remove the red buoy? Cleaned the sensor! - Thanks   Posted: 11/17/2020 22:13:40

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Else I used the spot healing tool in Lightroom to remove the red buoy. You can also use Photoshop to remove distracting or unwanted objects in your photos.   Posted: 11/18/2020 06:28:43

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Else, welcome to the group! Very nice photo! On my bucket list. What was the location? Thorro outstanding editing and great feedback. The only feedback I have is to try to blur the background a bit more.   Posted: 11/20/2020 19:01:38
Else Seligmann   Else Seligmann
The Hawkesbury River, 40 kms north of Sydney, Australia. We have been studying the Sea Eagles for about 5 years, and they have become accustomed to our presence, allowing us to watch them from close up. It is a magnificent waterway with sandstone cliffs and rich birdlife. At this time of year there is a lot of interaction, as the different bird species defend their young and territories.   Posted: 11/21/2020 03:59:44


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