This image was created with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens with the 1.4X III TC (hand held at 280mm) and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/2500 sec. at f/7.1 set manually.
First Day Homer Favorite
Yesterday, Thursday, March 18, was a between-the-IPTs optional day. We had two full boats with two folks from Robert’s just concluded IPT and eight of the ten folks from the jointly-led IPT that starts today. Yesterday was typical Homer: we started with snow and ended with clear skies and sun with pretty much everything else in between. Today was supposed to dawn clear but the weatherman forgot to look out the window so our 8am start was delayed until 10am. About half of the group hung out in the lobby and enjoyed a 30 minutes session with Robert and I as we discussed many fine points of Bald Eagle photography most having to do with autofocus and exposure.
This JPEG represents the original capture with no adjustments at all. I included it here so that you could see the crop and see what I did during the image optimization. As you can see, the image was originally a bit underexposed; even pros make exposure mistakes when the light is changing constantly:). Some of what I did with this image was done in ACR prior to the RAW conversion when I lightened the exposure a bit and then used the Recovery slider to bring the brightest Whites to 236 or below. Then I used the Fill Light Slider sparingly to brighten the image a bit more. All that plus my default settings.
Once I brought the image into Photoshop I did a bit of bill clean up, ran a Linear Burn on the head and bill and then reduced the opacity of that layer, and ran a contrast mask on the face to sharpen it. I used a Quick Mask with a Layer Mask added to cover one relatively large white discoloration at the base of the bill. I also did a bit of Eye Doctor work on the pupil, applied my standard Selective Color action to deepen the Blacks, and ran my standard Curves adjustment at 50% opacity to further increase the pop. Everything above is of course detailed in the fantastic MAR 2011 Digital Basics Update.
The image above is my favorite from our two boat trips yesterday. It was made just as the bird was beginning a dive and just as the sun broke through. I have tons of work to do and e-mails to answer so this will be it for now. I will be back asap
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Below is a list of the gear that I used to create the image above. Thanks a stack to all who have used the Shopper’s Guide links to purchase their gear as a thank you for all the free information that we bring you on the Blog and in the Bulletins. Before you purchase anything be sure to check out the advice in our Shopper’s Guide.
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2X III teleconverter. I also use it a lot–depending on the situation–with the 1.4X III TC.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used.
Canon EF 1.4X III TC. This new TC is designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card. These high capacity cards are fast and dependable.