Julia Parrish  

Merritt Island Eagle by Julia Parrish

January 2022 - Merritt Island Eagle

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This was taken during my Christmas trip to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. It's an incredible place for photographing wildlife. I was so excited to see this beautiful eagle posing so nicely for me - actually I think he was looking for dinner!
1/1250 sec f/6.3 600 mm ISO 320

8 comments posted

Marilyn Ross   Marilyn Ross
What a magnificent photo. Well seen and composed. The blue background was well chosen. I might lighten the chest of the eagle to bring out more detail.   Posted: 01/05/2022 18:01:48
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Julia Parrish   Julia Parrish
Thank you and I agree - I do have a tendency to have photos too dark and get frequent criticism to lighten areas.   Posted: 01/12/2022 18:01:18

Adelet Kegley   Adelet Kegley
Agree with Marilyn's comments. really great capture. She added a vignette which works also.   Posted: 01/08/2022 17:56:44

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Julia,
Eagles are truly magnificent, and your portrait is stunning. The blue-sky background really sets off his lethal yellow parts. He is sharp and well exposed. I like that you blurred the tree limbs. The only idea I could add is that the head could be whiter, so I did that in my edit with white balance, which also increased the blue in the sky., but depending on the time of day, the feathers can take on the light shades. Great work!

My dad worked for Boeing at Cape Canaveral, and we lived on Merritt Island.   Posted: 01/09/2022 13:25:28
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Julia Parrish   Julia Parrish
Thank you! I can't imagine living on Merritt Island. Well, I can imagine and I would probably be at the refuge every day. Such a fantastic place for photographing birds.   Posted: 01/12/2022 18:05:34

Shirley Ward   Shirley Ward
At first, I didn't know what the dark "streaks" were, until Bob said they were out of focus tree limbs...Your format is almost a square one whereas the bird is a vertical format. Very nice and sharp...Lightening the chest is a good idea too, especially in the bird's lower part.   Posted: 01/09/2022 23:52:31
Julia Parrish   Julia Parrish
Thank you - I initially liked the leaves, but on 2nd thought, it probably would have been better to leave them out and do a vertical crop to highlight the Eagle.   Posted: 01/12/2022 18:07:37
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
The tree does give an environmental story to the image. I'd keep it.   Posted: 01/13/2022 08:21:26


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