This striking Bald Eagle silhouette was created last evening (Monday, March 21) with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens with the 1.4X III TC (handheld at 230mm) and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering at zero: 1/5000 sec. at f/5.6.
Finally, Finally, and Finally in Homer!
The second Homer IPT group (the first that Robert O’Toole and I are leading together) has been blessed. We enjoyed two out of four sunny mornings, no rain, and lots of great cloudy bright conditions. We had lots and lots of eagles and flight photography has been so good that folks have been quitting from fatigue and exhaustion. Many of run out of storage space; I have sold all but one of the Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro flash cards that I brought
But we had not had very good luck with perched birds. We had not had very good luck getting tight head portraits. And we had very little luck with sunset color. Until yesterday afternoon….
This image of a perched adult Bald Eagle was created yesterday afternoon with the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400: 1/500 sec. at f/8 set manually after histogram/flashing highlights check.
After getting off the boats we put out some fresh cod for the eagles. Within twenty minutes we were surrounded by about a dozen adult birds and a dozen younger birds of varying ages including several gorgeous birds of the year. Most of them were quite tame.
This image of a calling adult Bald Eagle was also created yesterday afternoon with the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400: 1/320 sec. at f/11 set manually after histogram/flashing highlights check.
The bird above allowed several of us to walk right up to it. When a young bird hovered right above it in an effort to steal its perch, it began calling.
This image of the talons of a juvenile Bald Eagle was also created on Monday afternoon with the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens, the 1.4X III TC, and the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400: 1/250 sec. at f/16 set manually after histogram/flashing highlights check.
After downing two four pound codfish a gorgeous immature eagle sat on a driftwood log for about two hours. The group created a large variety of images using lots of different lenses. For these talon shots I work at f/16 and focus half way up the closest toe.
This Bald Eagle silhouette was created on Monday evening with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens with the 1.4X III TC (handheld at 250mm) with the EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/1250 sec. at f/5.6.
We left the dock at 3pm and did not return until nearly 8:30. Simply put, it was a memorable day.
Below is a list of the gear that I used to create the images 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 800mm f/5.L IS lens. Right now this is my all time favorite super-telephoto lens.
Canon EF 1.4X III TC. This new TC is designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. The very best professional digital camera body that I have ever used.
And from the BAA On-line Store:
Gitzo 3530 LS Tripod. This one will last you a lifetime.
Mongoose M3.6 Tripod Head. Right now this is the best tripod head around for use with lenses that weigh less than 9 pounds. For heavier lenses, check out the Wimberley V2 head.
Double Bubble Leve.l You will find one in my camera’s hot shoe whenever I am on a tripod and not using flash.
Delkin 32gb e-Film Pro Compact Flash Card. These high capacity cards are fast and dependable.